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Shin-Etsu Builds Alloys Plant In China for Rare Earth Magnets

2:15 PM MDT | April 9, 2012 | —Deepti Ramesh

Shin-Etsu Chemical says it has established a wholly owned subsidiary, Shin-Etsu Changting Technology Co. (Longyan, China), to manufacture magnet alloys, an intermediate material for rare earth magnets. The company will invest ¥1.5 billion ($18 million), and the plant will have a production capacity of 3,000 m.t./year. It will be located in the Longyan Rare Earth Industrial Park, and is scheduled to begin operations in January 2013. Rare earth magnets are used in various applications such as hybrid cars, energy-saving air conditioners, and hard disk drives for...

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