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Japan - Magnesium Newsletter (January)

The Japan Magnesium Association

KIZAI Corporation. - Released Cyan-free Strike Copper plating liquid for Magnesium alloy.

(Source: “ALUTOPIA”, Feb. 2017)

KIZAI Corporation has released Strike Copper plating liquid for Magnesium alloy “Mg-ST29”, which does not use Cyan. “Mg-ST29” is “Cyan-free pyrophosphoric acid Strike Copper plating bath,” which is for Magnesium alloy usable to various plating pre-treatment. Conventionally cuprous cyanide strike plating was necessary to plate on Magnesium alloy, this product enables plate working at same level of both deposition property and good adhesion as cuprous cyanide, without using high toxicity Cyan.

Major features are as follows: 1) Given good deposition property same level as cuprous cyanide strike plating;  2) Given good adhesiveness;  3) Given improvement of the work environment without suffering hazardous toxic Cyan, etc.  Main purpose is pre-treatment of various plating for Magnesium alloy.

Amber, Inc. - Magnesium battery being able to assemble easily for anyone else.

(Source: “ALUTOPIA”, Feb. 2017)

Amber, Inc., Magnesium battery developer and manufacturer, has started “BlueBird Project” by means of Crowdfunding service “READYFOR” in collaboration between next generation battery and welfare facilities on December 15, 2016.

Application is accepted from 3,000 yen or more a share and deadline will be at 11 pm February 13, 2017.  Project will be effective in case that accumulated amount is up to 1,000,000 yen target.

Utilizing proprietary Magnesium battery technology, the company established new production style, assemblied by the working institution of disabled people and elderly person.

MACRW Co., Ltd. - Released Audio speaker for smartphone without power supply.

(Source: “ALUTOPIA”, Mar. 2016)

MACRW Co., Ltd who aggressively develops Magnesium alloy products, plans to release the world first Magnesium alloy audio speaker for smartphone without power supply “BION Mg60” in upcoming March. This product, the world first Magnesium alloy audio speaker for smartphone without power supply, was achieved by combining both excellent Magnesium characteristic in Audio application and proprietary Magnesium tube processing technology. High damping capacity and remarkable lightweight and strength enable to enjoy premium sound anytime and anywhere regardless of indoor or outdoor.

7 colors (including Magnesium clear, mattblack, olivedrab) are provided. Limited non-coating version is added only in crowdfunding “Makuake”, in which 2,100,000 yen was successfully received before application deadline.

Nisshin Steel Co. - Announced black steel plate, No turning color after press working.

(Source: “The Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun”, 9th Mar. 2017)

Nisshin Steel Co., announced “Black ZAM” was developed and added on to highly anticorrosive fusion plated steel plate, “ZAM” series, which is planned to start sales in April. It realized black color with both substantial feeling and imparting high design effect by special chemical processing on plating layer in order to enhance corrosion resistance.

Defects such as both turning color to white at ends and flaking off the color which happens on coated steel panel, do not appear even after press working. It is planned to start mass production at several hundred tons per month in capacity. “ZAM” contains 6% Aluminum and 3% Magnesium in zinc plating to enhance corrosion resistance significantly, which is used mainly for housing material as well as widely from construction material to electrical and automotive parts etc.

Audi Japan. - “R8 Spyder” evolved second generation model started orders.

(Source: “Mynavi News”, 29th Mar. 2016)

Audi Japan started orders of full model changed flagship sports R8’s open-top-model “R8 Spyder” on March 28.  On sale through Audi Sport shops nationwide from top of July.  After the first generation R8 Spyder was released in 2010, the second one has evolved based on brand-new coupe model.

Electric hydraulic soft top is made by a cross showing excellent sound-deadening properties, Aluminum and cast Magnesium are adopted for frame.  Top compartment cover is made by CFRP and weighs approximately 44kgs.
The fast-deploying soft top can be raised or lowered just in 20 seconds if the speed is less than 50km/h.

R8 spyder is hand-made at new Böllinger Höfe facility exclusive for its model. The price is 26,180,000 yen (tax included).

Domestic Magnesium Market - January, 2017

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

Based on Import/Export Statistics of January 2017, magnesium metal import showed favorable recovery to total 3,152.2 tons, 23.4% increase on month-to-month basis (55.1% increase from the same month previous year).
Magnesium powder was 442.3 tons, 157.5% increase on month-to-month basis (1.7% increase) and other products were 289.9 tons, 308.3% increase on month-to-month basis (10.4% decrease), resulting in grand total of 3,884.4 tons, 138.9% increase on month-to-month basis (39.2% increase).  All of these 3 categories increased significantly month-to-month basis however only other products continued to decrease compared to same month previous year basis.

The metal category consisted of 4 products as follows: a) 2,580.2 tons of pure magnesium, 27.8% increase on month-to-month basis (50.1% increase from the same month previous year) contributing import from Turkey since previous month;  b) 545.8 tons of die-casting alloys 3.4% increase on month-to-month basis (79.0% increase) including 37.5 tons of regained import from Korea;  c) high purity magnesium was 16.0 tons (225.4% significant increase); and d) 9.9 tons of casting alloy, 55.4% increase on month-to-month basis (173.1% increase). 

The average import price of magnesium metal in January decreased to 270.2 yen per kg, 11.9 yen per kg or 4.2% lower on month-to-month basis.  For side note, China and Turkey import prices were 269.9 yen and 296.8 yen per kg respectively.  The price of magnesium alloys increased to 320.5 yen per kg, 19.0 yen per kg or 6.3% higher on month-to-month basis.

In January 2017, an export of magnesium consisted of 2.1 tons of pure magnesium, 27.4% decrease on month-to-month basis, all of which was first shipment to Vietnam.  12.8 tons of magnesium alloys, 5.9% decrease on month-to-month basis (85.5% decrease), all of which was to Taiwan.  0 tons of magnesium powder and granules.  And other products were 0.7 tons, 83.6% decrease on month-to-month basis (44.3% decrease) including 0.6 tons to China.

The grand total export was 15.6 tons, 48.7% decrease on month-to-month basis (82.9% decrease).

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