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Magnesium News 2017, June
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June 2017

Japan - Magnesium Newsletter (February)

The Japan Magnesium Association

Nissin Denko - Magnesium alloy heat sink, lightweight is key for business opportunity

(Source: “Sokeizai-tsushin”, 1st April, 2017)

“Heat sink with lots of fins which size is 150mm (a bit smaller than B5) was successfully produced by magnesium diecasting. Lightweight demand could become good business opportunity since heat sink is absolutely necessary for Auto electronical control.” President Nishiyama of Nissin Denko said at Japan Magnesium Association members round-table conference on March 29th.

Technology oriented, challenging diecast manufacturer Nissin Denko is eager to develop magnesium parts applications such as different material composite-molding. 

In domestic Japan AZ series is a major alloy for magnesium parts production but he said “We definitely focused to use only AM series i.e. AM50, AM60 and Mg-RE alloy, which is automatic because we mainly produced transportation devices. ” Mr. Nishiyama said.

They are a member of Magnesium Auto application expansion committee in Japan Magnesium Association and look having grasp development direction faster than any other magnesium players.

Shimane prefectural Industrial Technology Center - More efficient machining technology for cast iron

(Source: “The Nikkei”, 11th April 2017)

Shimane prefectural Industrial Technology Center (Matsue-City) announced that more efficient machining technology of cast iron had been successfully developed for practical use.  Its system is adhering protective layer on tool surface by means of making cast iron’s chemical composition change.

Being able to reduce machining duration 40% less than conventional way, it makes tool life 2 times longer.  They will start assisting sales of 3 cast component manufacturers including OM metal industry after licensing.

The method is adding small amount of both magnesium and aluminum into cast iron, which enables friction restraint effect while machining by forming protective layer on tool surface.

Strength and hardness which material originally has is unchanged and only machinability is improved.  No equipment investment is required.  They call this “Comfortable machinable casting iron” and plan to promote adoption to another neighbor casting iron companies in the same prefecture.

Suga weathering technology foundation - Decided one 35th Award and 6 of 36th Research Grants

(Source: “The Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun”, 10th Apr. 2017)

Suga weathering technology foundation has decided one 35th Award and 6 of 36th Research Grants.  Meritorious person will be chosen, who contribute to weathering technology aiming improvement of both deterioration-resistance and corrosion-resistance on plastic and metal.
Presentation ceremony will be held at Tokai university hall in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo on April 27th.
Awardees are as follows,

35th award : Dr. Teruo Hori of Fukui University, Evaluation method of various dyeing solid degree for dyed cloth and development of high solidity dye.

Research grant : Hisashi Ohara of Japan Magnesium Association, Correlation research between exposure test and salt dryness and moisture combined cycle examination on Magnesium alloy sheet and other 5 grants.

Huawei - OS update to Andoroid 7.0 version

(Source: “Mynavi News”, 25th Apr. 2017)

Huawei Japan has just started software update of their product SIM free smartphone “Huawei nova”.  In addition to OS update to Andoroid 7.0 version, Huawei proprietary interface “EMUI” will be revised to 5.0 version as well.

HUAWEI nova is SIM free smartphone with compact and stylish body.  Basic specification is quite high such as Qualcom Snapdragon 625 CPU and mounted RAM3GB.

Domestic Magnesium Market - January, 2017

(Source: February issue of Import/Export Statistics (customs clearance basis) of METI. Compiled by The Japan Magnesium Association.)

Based on Import/Export Statistics of February 2017, magnesium metal import continued to show favorable recovery to total 2,186.9 tons (37.5% increase from the same month previous year) but 30.6% decrease on month-to-month basis. 

Magnesium powder was 152.1 tons, 65.6% decrease on month-to-month basis (39.7% decrease) and other products were 221.2 tons, 23.7% decrease on month-to-month basis (71.3% increase), resulting in grand total of 2,560.1 tons, 34.1% decrease on month-to-month basis (21.5% increase).  All of these 3 categories decreased month-to-month basis.  It became sluggish comparing to January but showed significant increase except powder year-to-year basis, which indicates favorable change on the track of further growth at of 2 months since new year 2016 started.

The metal category consisted of 4 products as follows; (a) 1,746.4 tons of pure magnesium, 32.3% decrease on month-to-month basis being consisted of both China and Turkey imports, 43.4% significant increase from the same month previous year.  (b) 432.0 tons of die-casting alloys 20.9% decrease on month-to-month basis (18.3% increase).  (c) high purity magnesium was 1.5 tons 90.6% decrease on month-to-month basis (61.8% decrease).  (d) casting alloy was 7.0 tons 29.3% decrease on month-to-month basis (190.3% increase).  Generally it showed favorable change comparing to last year.

The average import price of magnesium metal continued to decrease down to 253.9 yen per kg, 16.3 yen per kg or 6.0% lower than January decreasing for 2 consecutive month.  Chinese was 253.3 yen per kg and Turkish was 294.3 yen per kg.  The price of magnesium alloy decreased to 298.4 yen per kg, 22.1 yen per kg or 6.9% lower on month-to-month basis.

In February 2017, an export of magnesium consisted of 0 tons of pure magnesium, 1.0 tons of magnesium alloys, 92.2% decrease on month-to-month basis (97.5% decrease from the same month previous year), all of which was to Taiwan. 

1.1 tons of magnesium powder and granules for Vietnam and Thailand.  And other products were 1.5 tons, 114.3% increase on month-to-month basis (15.9% increase) including 0.8 tons to China.  The grand total export was 7.0 tons, 55.1% decrease on month-to-month basis (83.0% decrease).

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