Sony to end TV Manufacturing in Europe
Sony, the fifth largest media and electronics conglomerate of the world, plans to withdraw its TV production operations from the European region and...
Sony, the fifth largest media and electronics conglomerate of the world, plans to withdraw its TV production operations from the European region and start up two different firms under the Sony flagship in order to focus and increase its core TV output by boosting the outsourcing services. Sony plans to restructure its facilities and grow its TV production business to remain active in the competition and maintain stability on the front of the volatile economy.
The reason behind Sony selling of the TV manufacturing plant in Spain is to split the Barcelona Technology Centre into two small firms that will carry manufacturing and engineering activities. The LCD TV production will be handled by the manufacturing firm, two years after the sale.
The sale activity is expected to be over by December 2010; however, Sony has not provided any financial information regarding this move. The entire former firm and a half of the latter firm will be overtaken by Ficosa International while remaining 50% share of the latter firm will be owned by a company called Comsa Mate.
Sony also plans to deal with Hon Hai Precision Industry; the Taiwanese firm that has taken over Sony’s TV manufacturing plants in Mexico and Slovakia.
During the seventies, Sony adopted a different business approach to focus on individual markets and develop advanced manufacturing facilities for the regional customers. Sony’s approach induced profits for the company as its products received fair response from the localized markets and customers.
Following its previous successes, Sony in 1974, established its first TV manufacturing facility in the continent of diverse cultures - Europe. To strengthen its manufacturing network further, the company introduced numerous facilities such as setting up technology centers named UK Technology Centre in Wales and Barcelona Technology Centre in Spain.
Sony targeted the Eastern European region in 1996 to expand its TV manufacturing business in Slovak Republic while in 2007, the company opened up a new LCD TV manufacturing facility in the Nitra region of Slovakia.
Withdrawing operations from various regions is part of Sony’s business strategy to remain focused and aggressive in the key TV production business. At present, Sony has closed seven plants and is expected to run 43 factories worldwide at the end of the year.
Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process
Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.
Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.
The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content.
In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.
Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.
"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president.
“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.
"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.
Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.
Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.
A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.
The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.