Archive for January 24th, 2013

Start networking and get the latest ideas for your business by attending these 25 trade shows, which  will bring you everything from emerging technologies to important knowledge-building sessions led by the top experts in a spectrum of fields — spanning from engineering to manufacturing. Read more


Worldwide steel production steadily increased last year, led primarily by gains in North America and Asia. Although the pace of growth slowed slightly, total steel production in 2012 still hit a record high level. Read more

A better understanding of lithium ion battery supply chains could help the struggling market. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory.

Credit: Argonne National Laboratory.

Lithium ion batteries are used in a variety of applications, from consumer electronics, medical and industrial power storage, and autos. The sudden and rapid push for hybrid cars and electric vehicles caused a similar surge in research and development of more powerful and efficient lithium ion batteries.

Unfortunately, this rush also led to a fragmented and inflated industry. Numerous innovations are happening throughout the supply chain, but the industry is too disjointed to see opportunities for collaboration and growth. That’s where NextEnergy comes in. The Detroit, Mich.-based non-profit group set out at the end of 2011 to get a better understanding of the size, scope, and other dynamics of the lithium ion supply chain.  Read more

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