Canadian Metals begins Development Work at its Langis Deposit

Canadian Metals announced that Genivar has been mandated to do a characterization study of the mineral resources at its newly acquired Langis property. Work has begun on this property, which is owned at 100% by the Company. Characterization work will be conducted during the months of September and October, including a drilling program and a study of the mineralization. These steps, characterization study and study of metallurgy, are essential to produce a NI 43-101 technical report and also to demonstrate the potential value of commercial silica.
Previous work has established the historical mineral resources at 27 million tonnes of silica content at 99.25% SiO2. Uniquartz had previously performed a resource calculation, performed an environmental study, feasibility study, metallurgical testing and thermal shock tests, in addition to operating the deposit in the late '80s and early 1990s, 400 000 m3 of mineralized material was exploited.
The Langis deposit is considered a strategic property by its proximity to the Port of Matane and railway. Génivar was chosen from among the three firms that were invited to submit proposals. 'Genivar's proposal was the most competitive and best suited to the immediate needs of the Company" said Stephane Leblanc, President of the Company. The Company also announced the signing of a right of first refusal on a new property, named Turtle Hill property, with a historical resource of 96 million tonnes of silica, this property is located less than a mile from the Langis deposit, it is of high interest to the Company for its potential in high-purity silica and its proximity to the Langis deposit.

Hunter Molding and Mold Handling Machinery Part of Watts Water's New WEFCO 2 Lead-Free Foundry
    Watts Water Technologies has begun operation of a new lead-free foundry in Franklin, NH that reflects the company's commitment to proactively meet the requirements of the "Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act," which goes into effect in January 2014 and establishes new limits on the lead content in every pipe, fixture, and fitting used to convey water for human consumption. Watts' new WEFCO 2 foundry produces lead-free products exclusively, including lead-free versions of products the company produces at its WEFCO 1 facility (which is also located in Franklin, NH), as well as other products. Opening ceremonies were highlighted by comments from New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and Franklin, NH Mayor Kenneth Merrifield.
Governor Hassan commended Watts for the types of products it produces at the new WEFCO 2 foundry, as "contributing to public health and safety, and for the company's educational efforts around the Lead Free initiative." She complimented the Franklin workforce, noting that, "The work effort here is extraordinary," adding that the company is "emblematic of the ingenuity found across the Granite State." Mayor Merrifield noted how rare it is to have a manufacturing facility that lasts 50 years, and how quickly the new foundry came into being. He referred to meeting this development challenge as a "remarkable accomplishment" and added "Congratulations, to an absolutely fabulous company. Based on its decades-long history of working with the WEFCO 1 foundry, Hunter Foundry Machinery Corporation has kept pace with these expansions and updates.
"This is a great day for our company and its employees, our industry, and the Franklin community," said Watts Water Technologies CEO and President David Coghlan at the June 21st ribbon-cutting ceremony of WEFCO 2 30,000-square foot state-of-the-art foundry.
America's Innovation Showcase Kicks Off in San Francisco on October 16

Michael Tchong's Social Revolution and the CMO Council Partner on Inaugural Event to Celebrate and Inspire the Next Wave of Tech-Driven Innovations
America's Innovation Showcase an immersive event created to help celebrate and spur innovation in North America, will debut on October 16, at Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco. Produced by Social Revolution, in partnership with the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council the event will showcase technology trends,innovation strategies that are poised to reshape markets, shake up social conventions and drive new categories of products, services and customer experiences.
With headline participation from NTT Innovation Institute, Inc. America's Innovation Showcase is a new concept created by futurist Michael Tchong, that aims to stimulate creativity and innovation by surrounding attendees with a live snapshot of innovative new business ideas and trends.

Reliance Foundry's Website Now Available in French

Company hopes new translate tool will make planning bollard, bike rack, steel wheel and custom casting projects easier in Quebec.
Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd., North America's premier supplier of bollards, bike racks, and custom castings, is proud to introduce a new resource that will make it easier to plan site furnishing and cast metal projects in French – the Google Translate Tool. Found on the top right corner of Reliance Foundry's home page, this resource makes it possible to access all of the helpful information found on in your choice of languages. First launched in December of 2012, Reliance Foundry's website has revolutionized the planning and ordering phase of site furnishing and custom casting projects. It provides a level of ease, convenience and information accessibility that is completely unique in the cast metal industry and the new Translate Tool will allow all of these great features to be conveniently accessed in French!
“We work hard to make things easier for our customers and we feel that providing a language choice in how our information is accessed is a step in the right direction,” said Brad Done, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Reliance Foundry. “We're hoping that this will make planning bollard, bike rack, steel wheel and custom casting projects in Quebec more straightforward and manageable."
Reliance Foundry's website is a resource that is designed to change your foundry experience. After completing an audit of the cast metal industry's online presence in 2011, Reliance's management team drew up a plan to create a website that would fill the voids that were identified and better serve the industry. The result is a resource that answers the questions that landscape architects, planners and contractors were most commonly asking when planning bollard, bike rack, industrial wheel and custom casting projects. The prices of all standard products are publically displayed and can be easily accessed on straightforward pricelists. The pricelists display the individual prices of each product and the volume discounts that are available for larger orders. Bollard and bike rack training videos and newly developed installation guides are also available on the site. They are easy-to-understand and clearly communicate the steps to a successful installation. Reliance Foundry's blog is one of the many unique features that make the website an invaluable tool in the planning phase of all cast metal projects and the new Google Translate Tool will bring this helpful information to a new audience. “We've had a lot of customers tell us how much easier the resources on the website have made planning their projects,” said Rick Pasternak, Sales manager at Reliance Foundry. “We're happy the convenience that it provides can now be enjoyed by those who conduct business in French.”

NAM Urges Obama to Address India's Harmful Trade Practices
    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) joined 17 other business organizations on a letter urging President Obama to address India's discriminatory trade barriers, which are harming U.S. manufacturers, during his upcoming meeting with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday.
“India's recent use of discriminatory trade policies to put American businesses at a disadvantage is not only jeopardizing American jobs, but hindering India's ability to grow its own economy,” said Linda Dempsey, the NAM's vice president of international economic affairs. “These concerns are shared across all major U.S. industries and by Congress, governors and the Administration. It is time for the President to work with Prime Minister Singh to take action to reestablish our valuable trade relationship.”
In the letter, the organizations call attention to India's harmful trade policies, including a failure to protect intellectual property rights, forced local production of certain information technology and clean energy equipment, and revocations of patents and compulsory licenses for innovative medicines. These unfair policies are designed to benefit a few Indian corporations at the expense of manufacturing and jobs in the United States and other countries around the world.
AT&T And GE sign Global Alliance Agreement for Machine-to-Machine Solutions

GE Will Use AT&T's Global Network, Mobility Assets and M2M Expertise to allow wireless connectivity for "Industrial Internet" Solutions. AT&T* and GE today announced they have signed a global alliance agreement to allow GE machines to connect to the AT&T network and cloud, creating the first highly-secure wireless communications system for GE's "Industrial Internet."
The companies expect their machine-to-machine (M2M) communications system will allow customers to benefit from increased productivity. Workers using the system will be able to remotely track, monitor, record and operate GE machinery, virtually anywhere in the world. AT&T and GE plan to develop offerings that meld AT&T network technologies, single Global SIM (subscriber identity module), device expertise, security, and cloud access for industrial products like electric vehicle chargers, lighting and engines. The companies also plan to collaborate in the AT&T Foundry® innovation center to build M2M solutions for GE's software platform Predix™ that can proactively maintain and remotely control industrial machines.
"Imagine a world where an airline for example can remotely monitor, diagnose and resolve issues with its fleet engines virtually anywhere in the world," said Andy Geisse, Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Business Solutions. "GE's vision of the Industrial Internet combined with our global network and leadership in machine-to-machine solutions is a powerful combination to help businesses realize the benefits of connected machines."
"GE's collaboration with AT&T validates our shared and common vision for the Industrial Internet," said Bill Ruh, Vice President and Corporate Officer, GE Software. "Together, we see a future where the intersection of people, data and brilliant machines will have an enormous impact on the productivity and efficiency of industries around the world. By connecting machines to the network and the cloud, we are taking an important step to enable workers all around the world to track, monitor, and operate our machinery wirelessly and remotely through highly secure and machine - to - machine communications."
AT&T is a global leader in developing and deploying M2M communications and has a proven M2M success record, with millions of emerging devices connected to its network, and the company has been recognized by industry analysts for its solutions deployment experience and capability. AT&T experienced a 38% increase in number of M2M customers over the last year. In the 2012 M2M Scorecard for Communications Service Providers, analyst firm Analysys Mason named AT&T an Industry icon. The report noted "AT&T received top scores in M2M partnerships, M2M R&D and M2M organizational structure. AT&T has excelled in crafting its partnership strategy and internal organization. Its R&D focus – both in core research and solution development – is superlative.”

XMC Signs Licensing Agreement for IBM's 65nm and 45nm Technology Nodes

XMC, a fast growing specialty foundry, today announced a licensing agreement with IBM under which XMC will license semiconductor process technology including underlying patents for several of IBM's production-proven advanced manufacturing offerings. XMC has agreed to license both low power 65-nanometer (nm) RF and the 45-nm low power technology node. The agreement significantly expands XMC as capability base and provides a secure intellectual property (IP) foundation for its worldwide partners, further positioning it for growth in dynamic market segments. Terms of the agreement were not announced.
The newly licensed technologies complement the company's existing line of manufacturing capabilities, which currently are in production for up to 45nm NOR flash. XMC also recently announced a technology development and manufacturing agreement with Spansion to expand its NOR technology offerings to 32nm. XMC will install the IBM 65-nm and 45nm process technologies in the second half of 2013 at its state-of-the art fabrication facilities in Wuhan, China. The current facility can be configured to produce up to 60,000 300MM wafers per month.
"This is a great validation of XMC's partnership strategy and gives them access to world class technology from IBM," said Len Jelinek, senior director and chief analyst at IHS Electronics and Media. "It also indicates the new level of cooperation and openness that is re-shaping the IC manufacturing landscape, an evolution which both these companies are embracing for the benefit of customers."
"Our strategy is to provide differentiated and leading-edge solutions for our partners. This agreement expands our offering and secures access to one of the richest process patent portfolios in the industry," said Walt Lange, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales of XMC.This agreement underscores IBM's commitment to open innovation and leadership in developing technology to address demanding IC needs.

David Seyler is new President of Riverside Brass & Aluminum Foundry Ltd.

David Seyler, President of Riverside Brass Aluminum Foundry Ltd. is the former President of the Canadian Foundry Association (CFA) where he served from 2011 – 2012. During his time as President at the CFA, approximately 160 Canadian foundries and foundry members represented 80 percent of the tonnage produced and supplied.
Serving as President of CFA it offered Mr. Seyler the great opportunity to meet many Canadian foundry owners, and chair AGM's and Issues Meetings. David also acted as representative and voice for CFA members conferring with CEO's of numerous manufacturing Associations, government departments such as environment, labour, health & safety, Workman's' Compensation Board -- to name a few. During his tenure as President of CFA, Mr. Seyler worked closely with the CFA Environmental Committee and the Standards Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to set up a pilot project to test emissions from foundries. Riverside Brass was one of three foundries David “volunteered” to be visited and tested by the MOE. As a result of this project, acceptable emission standards were made, and a Foundry Specific Technical Standard was established by MOE.

Singapore launches Foundry to fast track Nanoimprinted products

A new Nanoimprint Foundry, led by Singapore A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), will bridge the gap between laboratory-based nanotechnologies and real-world products.
The pioneer initiative brings together nanotechnology suppliers and manufacturers to speed up productisation of nanoimprinting, which imbues ordinary surfaces with unique properties for sectors like consumer care, biomedical devices, optics, filtration, displays and maritime.
Adhesives without sticky residues, 'skins' that keep medical instruments germ-free, anti-reflective films for displays or surfaces that keep barnacles of ships. These are some of the product possibilitiesfor nanoimprint technology, which also has potential applications in contact lenses, biomedical cell scaffolds or anti-frost materials. The new A*STAR Nanoimprint Foundry in Singapore was launched to develop, test-bed and prototype specially engineered plastics and surfaces for the specific purpose of commercialising the technologies.
The Foundry is part of an A*STAR masterplan to push translational research, accelerate commercialisation of home-grown technologies, and enhance Singapore's high-value manufacturing sector, in concert withother A*STAR research institutes, and government agencies. IMRE will partner companies like Toshiba Machines Co Ltd, EV Group, NTT Advanced Technology Corporation, NIL Technology ApS, Kyodo International Inc., micro resist technology GmbH,Nanoveu Pte Ltd and Solves Innovative Technology Pte Ltd to produce prototypes for real-world products and applications.
"We can help companies develop up to 20,000 samples for proof-of-concept and pilot production allowing manufacturers to shorten the product cycle but minus the heavy capital R&D investment," said Dr Karen Chong, the IMRE scientist who heads the Foundry, adding that the Foundry is a one-stop shop for companies seeking to conceive, design and develop solutions for new, revolutionary products based on the versatile nanoimprint technology.

Mississippi Power elects Dews, Keenum as new board members

Mississippi Power's board of directors has elected Thomas Dews and Dr. Mark Keenum to the board. Dews, 66, is the president of C.L. Dews & Sons Foundry & Machinery Co., Inc. and Keenum, 52, is the president of Mississippi State University (MSU). “We are pleased to add these very accomplished gentlemen to our board," said Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland. "Their commitment to the betterment of the state will prove advantageous to our customers and company."
Dews has held numerous positions with C.L. Dews & Sons Foundry & Machinery Co., Inc. before being named president in 1989. He served on the board of several area business and economic development entities while continuing his family-owned and operated company's commitment to customer service. C.L. Dews & Sons Foundry & Machinery Co., Inc. was established in 1941 in Hattiesburg, Miss. Keenum became Mississippi State University's 19th president in 2009 following a distinguished public service career. Keenum is presiding over a period of record growth at MSU with enrollment figures setting all-time highs. The totals also include record numbers of freshmen, who report the highest grade point averages in the university's history. In addition, Keenum represents the university and the state by serving on various regional and national collegiate boards and councils. “Mr. Dews' and Dr. Keenum's extensive knowledge of Mississippi combined with their dedication, experience and business acumen uniquely position them to provide immediate value to the board," Holland said.

Alcoa's breakthrough Automotive Bonding Technology named Aluminum Industry's Best

Alcoa (NYSE: AA) was awarded Metal Bulletin's top innovation prize for the company's breakthrough technology enabling the production of more aluminum-intensive vehicles. Alcoa's invention, an aluminum bonding technology, won “Best Product Innovation” of 2013 at the publication's Global Awards for Aluminium Excellence in Geneva.
“Alcoa is honored to receive this prestigious award for our game-changing technology that opens the door for more aluminum-based vehicles,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Chairman and CEO. “Alcoa's experts continue to expand the bounds of aluminum applications. Through our latest breakthrough technology, Alcoa is capturing growth in the auto industry as more manufacturers shift to making fuel-efficient vehicles that consumers want.”
Alcoa's technology, called Alcoa 951, is an aluminum pretreatment process that results in enhanced adhesive bonding durability and overcomes previous challenges with joining aluminum to itself or other materials. It has become the auto industry standard for aluminum sheet, extrusion and casting suppliers. In customer trials, Alcoa 951 was proven to be up to nine times more durable than previously used titanium zirconium. In addition, Alcoa 951 employs organic, environmentally-friendly materials as opposed to other commercially available coatings which generally contain heavy metals and are measurably thicker, leading to potential environmental concerns and diminished performance in other manufacturing processes. Following a very positive response from auto manufacturers, Alcoa is licensing its technology to all aluminum suppliers in the industry.
Aluminum use in cars is expected to nearly double by 2025, as automotive manufacturers make cars more fuel efficient by using lightweight aluminum materials. To meet increasing demand for aluminum for vehicle production, Alcoa is investing approximately $575 million to expand its auto sheet business in the United States—in Davenport, Iowa and Alcoa, Tennessee. In addition, Alcoa is building a rolling mill at its greenfield joint venture project in Saudi Arabia with the capacity to produce aluminum automotive sheet. The projects will incorporate, through Alcoa's supply chain, the proprietary Alcoa 951 pretreatment bonding technology. Winners of the Metal Bulletin Global Awards for Aluminium Excellence were determined by a panel of industry experts based upon a fully audited, point-based judging process to ensure integrity and objectivity.

Additional AT&T Foundry Innovation Center opens in Plano

New facility will speed innovation in Machine-to-Machine and Connected Device technology, creating a smarter world
The second AT&T Foundry® facility in Plano, just north of Dallas, officially opened today as the home of cutting-edge development around machine-to-machine solutions and connected devices.
With this new facility, AT&T will develop innovative products and services that improve your life and livelihood in a variety of ways. We'll do this by bringing network connectivity and intelligence to both existing devices and new hardware. Imagine, for example, the ability to track the location of a suitcase and report when it has been opened as a traveler moves from one airport to another. Or think of soil sensors in a corn field that can automatically test the moisture in the dirt, and then signal the irrigation system to turn on when needed.
We will work with our business customers to develop and refine these sorts of innovative ideas, and then take those concepts to this new AT&T Foundry to quickly turn them into working prototypes and platforms with broad industry applications. These sorts of machine-to-machine and connected device technologies are commonly referred to as the "Internet of Things."
"Adding intelligence and connectivity to a new and wide range of machines is a huge opportunity, and we welcome the challenge," said John Donovan, Senior Executive Vice President of AT&T Technology and Network Operations, AT&T. "This new AT&T Foundry facility has the capability to rapidly prototype hardware and develop the sophisticated software needed in the growing M2M and connected device space.”
The AT&T Foundry is equipped with all the tools to make that happen, such as a 3D printer, a shielded copper testing room called a Faraday Cage that blocks external radio frequency signals, and more.
AT&T can collaborate on site with a customer, build a prototype in hours, test it, refine and move on to the next stage. No waiting for days for parts or samples to be shipped from overseas.