(September 23, 2005) Rochester, N.Y. and Bromont, Quebec — Hover-Davis and Cogiscan announce the second phase of their long-term strategic partnership. Under a global OEM reselling agreement, Hover-Davis will offer Cogiscan RFID hardware and software applications that mix with their tape feeders, label feeders, and Direct Die feeders. Hover-Davis will now be able to provide intelligent feeding solutions that can seamlessly integrate with existing equipment and information systems.
(September 26, 2005) Tempe, Ariz. — Honeywell Electronic Materials is increasing production of titanium sponge to meet global demand for the material, which is the basic form of titanium. Since Honeywell produces titanium sponge for its own production of materials and products for the semiconductor industry, they have begun selling sponge externally to meet growing demand and plans to increase the amount available.
Used in various applications due to its high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and biocompatibility, titanium is ideal for such applications as engines and frames for the aerospace industry, anti-corrosive material for chemical plants, and lightweight armor applications for the military. After a drop in 2002 because of a slowdown in the economy and aerospace in particular, demand for sponge is now forecast to increase worldwide over the next several years. The growth has resulted in demand outpacing capacity, driven by factors such as aerospace demand and economic expansion in China.
“We are pleased to release some of our internal capacity to help meet industry needs and plan to continue to do so as a growth area for the business,” says Dmitry Shashkov, general manager of Honeywell Electronic Materials metals segment. “Our expertise in the production of high-purity titanium for the extreme specifications of the semiconductor industry allows us to meet the needs of other applications.”