PyroGenesis Reports Early Success in Producing Silicon Metal

PyroGenesis Canada Inc of Montreal, QC has announced that early test results of its PUREVAP Quartz Vaporization Reactor demonstrated that it can transform high purity quartz into silicon metal. PUREVAP is a proprietary process that uses a plasma arc within a vacuum furnace to produce high purity, metallurgical grade silicon, solar grade silicon and polysilicon...

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Graymont to Shutter Tacoma Unit End of June

Graymont Western US Inc of Salt Lake City, UT has announced that it will shut down the precipitated calcium carbonate and quicklime plants at its Tacoma, WA plant as of June 30, 2016. The rest of the facility will be converted into a bulk hydrate, pulverized limestone and terminal operation. The moves will result in...

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USG Corp Reports Best Quarter in a Decade

USG Corp of Chicago, IL has reported a first quarter net income of US$67 million on net sales of US$970 million versus net income of US$24 million on sales of US$909 million in the same period of 2014. The company’s gypsum business generated a first quarter operating profit of US$111 million on net sales of...

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Calgon Carbon Acquires Activated Carbon/Mineral Business from Arkema

Calgon Carbon Corp of Pittsburgh, PA has made a binding offer to acquire the wood-based Activated Carbon, Reactivation and mineral-based Filtration Media business of CECA, a subsidiary of Arkema of France. The transaction is valued at €145.5 million (US$160.1 million), which includes a cash purchase price of €137.7 million (US$151.5 million), and the assumption of...

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