Leveling the Magnetic Field: Defense Magnets No Longer Allowed to be Made in China

By Jeffrey A. Green | Owner, J.A. Green & Company
The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the President into law in August, will have significant effects on the supply chain for rare earth magnets (and tungsten) supplied to the U.S. military. Section 871 of the law puts significant new restrictions on the use of foreign magnets in the military supply chain. Continue reading

Competitors in Global Race to Develop Large-Scale MagLev Transportation Systems

Three companies based in the Los Angeles area — Virgin Hyperloop One, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Elon Musk’s The Boring Company — are locked in a a globetrotting whirlwind competition to develop magnetic-levitation transportation systems. Continue reading

TT Electronics Expands with Precision Acquisition and Cummins Power Deal

TT Electronics, a UK-based global provider of magnetic components and engineered electronics, has acquired the US company, Precision. The move includes its absorption of the magnetics division of Cummins Power which Precision acquired earlier in the year.

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Yageo Acquires Pulse Electronics for $740M Which Earlier Acquired Egston Holdings

Taiwans Yageo Corp has agreed to acquire Pulse Electronics of San Diego for $740 million in cash, in turn absorbing Eggston Holdings of Austrria which was acquired by Pulse only months earlier. The string of deals brings together three top manufacturers of magnetic and electronic components into a new global powerhouse.

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Dysprosium 2.0

By Stan Trout, Spontaneous Materials

A little over five years ago I wrote a column called Dysprosium 2.0. Element number 66 has been in focus lately due to some forecasts about availability in light of some new applications. Adamas predicts a 30% shortage of Dy by 2025. It seems like an appropriate time to look at the situation again. Continue reading

The Changing Landscape of Electric Motor Efficiency Standards

Steve Constantinides, Principal Consultant | Magnetics & Materials, LLC

I was surprised to learn the extent of activity around motor efficiency improvement and the related new or updated standards. The following article should be considered an introduction to the topic. Many useful documents with links are shown in the references for those who wish to pursue the subject further. Continue reading

Balance and Training

Stan Trout, Spontaneous Materials
It was nice to see so many people at Magnetics 2018 in Orlando last month. It was a very pleasant exchange of ideas and information. We all seemed to get plenty of exercise, walking through the Hyatt Regency to our meeting rooms.

I had the good fortune on the first day to be part of the Keynote Panel Discussion called The Future of the Magnetics Industry Pricing, Trends, Technology. I thought I would use this opportunity to share some of the answers I provided to questions posed to the panel. Continue reading