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China to house over 40% of semi fabs by 2020

China’s ambition to build a significant domestic industry is beginning to take shape as more than 40% of front-end semiconductor fabs slated to begin operation in 2017 to 2020 are located in China. According to SEMI, a trade group that represents semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers, of 62 front-end fabs that will open worldwide over […]

New Source of Helium Found in Tanzania

“A new approach to gas exploration has discovered a huge helium gas field, which could address the increasingly critical shortage of this vital yet rare element. Now, a research group from Oxford and Durham universities, working with Helium One, a helium exploration company headquartered in Norway, has developed a brand new exploration approach. The first […]

Kanto Expands Yield-Enhancing Ultrapure Sulfuric Acid Capacity

Kanto Corporation and their partners have completed a large scale expansion of their ultra-high purity sulfuric acid production facility. This new expansion will more than double current production capacity of this critical material for integrated circuit production. The new sulfuric acid plant is in final test stages and will be available for customer qualification by […]

Conflict Free Gold – First Ever Fairtrade Gold Supply Chain

Interesting Strategy wrt Peru gold supply chain. “Working with Max Hevelaar, the Netherlands Fairtrade Certifier equivalent to the UK’s Fairtrade Foundation, Fairphone is sourcing the precious metal from Minera Sotrami SA in Peru. As a result, Fairphone has now achieved the first-ever Fairtrade gold supply chain for consumer electronics.” Full article here: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/apr/29/fairphone-smartphone-company-search-conflict-free-gold