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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Please replace the release issued March 1, 2017 at 5pm ET with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions. DISTRIBUTION DATES AND AMOUNTS ANNOUNCED FOR CERTAIN BLACKROCK CLOSED-END FUNDS (AMENDED AND RESTATED PRESS RELEASE) Certain BlackRock closed-end funds (the “Funds”) announced distributions today as detailed below. BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund, Inc. (NYSE:DSU) and BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust (NYSE:BCX) announced increases in their monthly distribution rates and several municipal Funds announced decreases in their monthly distribution rates. Generally, these distribution changes were made in order to better align the applicable Funds’ distribution rates with their current and projected level of earnings. This amended and restated press release is to correct the distribution rate for BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund, Inc. (NYSE: DSU) announced in the press release dated March 1, 2017. * In order to comply with the requirements of Section 19 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, each of the Funds noted above posted to the DTC bulletin board and sent to its shareholders of record as of the applicable record date a Section 19 notice with the previous distribution payment. The Section 19 notice was provided for informational purposes only and not for tax reporting purposes. This information can be found in the “Closed-End Funds” section of www.blackrock.com. As applicable, the final determination of the source and tax characteristics of all distributions in 2017 will be made after the end of the year. BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust (NYSE:BCX), BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust (NYSE:BDJ), BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust (NYSE:BGR), BlackRock International Growth and Income Trust (NYSE:BGY), BlackRock Health Sciences Trust (NYSE:BME), BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust (NYSE:BOE), BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust (NYSE:BUI), BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE:CII), BlackRock Science and Technology Trust (NYSE:BST) and BlackRock Enhanced Government Fund, Inc. (NYSE:EGF) (collectively, the “Plan Funds”) have adopted a level distribution plan (a “Plan”) and employ a managed distribution and/or an option over-write policy to support a level distribution of income, capital gains and/or return of capital. The fixed amounts distributed per share are subject to change at the discretion of each Plan Fund’s Board of Directors/Trustees. Under its Plan, each Plan Fund will distribute all available investment income to its shareholders, consistent with its investment objectives and as required by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. If sufficient investment income is not available on a monthly basis, each Plan Fund will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return capital to its shareholders in order to maintain a level distribution. The Plan Funds’ estimated sources of the distributions paid as of February 28, 2017 and for their current fiscal year are as follows: 1The Plan Fund estimates that it has distributed more than its income and net-realized capital gains in the current fiscal year; therefore, a portion of your distribution may be a return of capital. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the shareholder’s investment is paid back to the shareholder. A return of capital distribution does not necessarily reflect the Plan Fund's investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’. When distributions exceed total return performance, the difference will reduce the Plan Fund’s net asset value per share. The amounts and sources of distributions reported are only estimates and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon each Plan Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. Each Plan Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes. *Portfolio launched within the past 5 years; the performance and distribution rate information presented for this Fund reflects data from inception to 1/31/2017. Shareholders should not draw any conclusions about a Plan Fund’s investment performance from the amount of the Plan Fund’s current distributions or from the terms of a Plan Fund’s Plan. BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At December 31, 2016, BlackRock’s AUM was $5.1 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. As of December 31, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.blackrock.com| Twitter: @blackrock_news | Blog: www.blackrockblog.com| LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock BlackRock will update performance and certain other data for the Funds on a monthly basis on its website in the “Closed-end Funds” section of www.blackrock.com as well as certain other material information as necessary from time to time. Investors and others are advised to check the website for updated performance information and the release of other material information about the Funds. This reference to BlackRock’s website is intended to allow investors public access to information regarding the Funds and does not, and is not intended to, incorporate BlackRock’s website in this release. 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Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and BlackRock assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance. With respect to the Funds, the following factors, among others, could cause actual events to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: (1) changes and volatility in political, economic or industry conditions, the interest rate environment, foreign exchange rates or financial and capital markets, which could result in changes in demand for the Funds or in a Fund’s net asset value; (2) the relative and absolute investment performance of a Fund and its investments; (3) the impact of increased competition; (4) the unfavorable resolution of any legal proceedings; (5) the extent and timing of any distributions or share repurchases; (6) the impact, extent and timing of technological changes; (7) the impact of legislative and regulatory actions and reforms, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of government agencies relating to a Fund or BlackRock, as applicable; (8) terrorist activities, international hostilities and natural disasters, which may adversely affect the general economy, domestic and local financial and capital markets, specific industries or BlackRock; (9) BlackRock’s ability to attract and retain highly talented professionals; (10) the impact of BlackRock electing to provide support to its products from time to time; and (11) the impact of problems at other financial institutions or the failure or negative performance of products at other financial institutions. 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News Article | February 28, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, BlackRock Resources & Commodities Strategy Trust (NYSE: BCX), BlackRock Enhanced Equity Dividend Trust (NYSE: BDJ), BlackRock Energy and Resources Trust (NYSE: BGR), BlackRock International Growth and Income Trust (NYSE: BGY), BlackRock Health Sciences Trust (NYSE: BME), BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust (NYSE: BOE), BlackRock Utility and Infrastructure Trust (NYSE: BUI), BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE: CII), BlackRock Science and Technology Trust (NYSE: BST), and BlackRock Enhanced Government Fund, Inc. (NYSE: EGF) (collectively, the “Funds”) paid the following distributions per share: Each of the Funds has adopted a level distribution plan (the “Plan”) and employs a managed distribution and/or an option over-write policy to support a level distribution of income, capital gains and/or return of capital. The fixed amounts distributed per share are subject to change at the discretion of each Fund’s Board of Directors/Trustees. Under its Plan, each Fund will distribute all available investment income to its shareholders, consistent with its primary investment objectives and as required by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. If sufficient investment income is not available on a monthly basis, the Funds will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return capital to their shareholders in order to maintain a level distribution. The Funds’ estimated sources of the distributions paid this month and for their current fiscal year are as follows: 1The Fund estimates that it has distributed more than its income and net-realized capital gains in the current fiscal year; therefore, a portion of your distribution may be a return of capital. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the shareholder’s investment is paid back to the shareholder. A return of capital distribution does not necessarily reflect the Fund's investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’. When distributions exceed total return performance, the difference will reduce the Fund’s net asset value per share. The amounts and sources of distributions reported are only estimates and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon each Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes. * Portfolio launched within the past 5 years; the performance and distribution rate information presented for this Fund reflects data from inception to 1/31/2017. Shareholders should not draw any conclusions about a Fund’s investment performance from the amount of the Fund’s current distributions or from the terms of the Fund’s Plan. BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At December 31, 2016, BlackRock’s AUM was $5.1 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. As of December 31, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.blackrock.com| Twitter: @blackrock_news | Blog: www.blackrockblog.com| LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock BlackRock will update performance and certain other data for the Funds on a monthly basis on its website in the “Closed-end Funds” section of www.blackrock.com as well as certain other material information as necessary from time to time. Investors and others are advised to check the website for updated performance information and the release of other material information about the Funds. This reference to BlackRock’s website is intended to allow investors public access to information regarding the Funds and does not, and is not intended to, incorporate BlackRock’s website in this release. 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Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and BlackRock assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance. With respect to the Funds, the following factors, among others, could cause actual events to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: (1) changes and volatility in political, economic or industry conditions, the interest rate environment, foreign exchange rates or financial and capital markets, which could result in changes in demand for the Funds or in a Fund’s net asset value; (2) the relative and absolute investment performance of a Fund and its investments; (3) the impact of increased competition; (4) the unfavorable resolution of any legal proceedings; (5) the extent and timing of any distributions or share repurchases; (6) the impact, extent and timing of technological changes; (7) the impact of legislative and regulatory actions and reforms, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of government agencies relating to a Fund or BlackRock, as applicable; (8) terrorist activities, international hostilities and natural disasters, which may adversely affect the general economy, domestic and local financial and capital markets, specific industries or BlackRock; (9) BlackRock’s ability to attract and retain highly talented professionals; (10) the impact of BlackRock electing to provide support to its products from time to time; and (11) the impact of problems at other financial institutions or the failure or negative performance of products at other financial institutions. Annual and Semi-Annual Reports and other regulatory filings of the Funds with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and on BlackRock’s website at www.blackrock.com, and may discuss these or other factors that affect the Funds. The information contained on BlackRock’s website is not a part of this press release.


Dublin, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Monolithic Ceramics - A Global Market Overview" report to their offering. Worldwide market for Monolithic Ceramics forecast to be US$51.2 billion in 2017 and projected to reach US$67.5 billion by 2022 at a CAGR of 5.7% between 2017 and 2022. Electrical & Electronic Components lead the global demand for Monolithic Ceramics which is forecast to be US$26.3 billion in 2017 and is expected to maintain a CAGR of 5.7% between 2017 and 2022 and reach a projected US$34.7 billion by 2022. The report analyzes the monolithic ceramic product types comprising Non-Oxides and Oxides. Monolithic Oxide Ceramics' market further reviewed by its sub-type including Aluminum Oxide and Zirconium Oxide. The study also analyzes the key applications of monolithic ceramics consisting of Catalyst Supports, Electrical & Electronic Components, Filters, Wear Components and Others. Monolithic ceramics constitute the largest product category within the broader field of technical ceramics and include those ceramics that, as a rule, are not composites. On the other hand, in monolithic ceramics, the interface chemistry, as also the nature of mechanical and chemical bonding established between the two phases can be entirely different from that obtained in ceramic composites. Monolithic ceramics are typified by their special features, such as reliability, durability and resistance to high temperatures, which makes them indispensable in some of the more demanding applications. These ceramics can be fabricated without a reinforcement material and have a polycrystalline microstructure. Much of the demand for Monolithic Ceramics is derived from their extensive use in the automotive, electrical and electronics, power and defense industries. A growing global demand for electronic devices, such as laptops and mobile phones, has been instrumental in propelling the market for these materials. Asia-Pacific's rapidly expanding electrical and electronics sector has ensured that the region remains at forefront in terms of demand for Monolithic Ceramics. One possible limiting factor to this momentum can be the high cost of processing and excessive requirement of energy that go into obtaining the final product. Some of the other factors playing prominent roles in impacting the market for Monolithic Ceramics include greater use of these ceramics in fabricating turbine blades and other automotive components and stringent pollution control measures being rolled out by developing nations. Key Topics Covered: Part A: Global Market Perspective 1. Introduction 1.1 Product Outline 1.1.1 A Primer on Monolithic Ceramics 1.1.2 Classification of Monolithic Ceramics 2. Monolithic Ceramics Applications - A Market Snapshot 2.1 Catalyst Supports 2.1.1 Categories 2.1.2 Materials Used 2.1.3 Applications 2.2 Electrical & Electronic Components 2.2.1 Kiln and Furnace Engineering 2.2.2 Onshore and Offshore Engineering 2.2.3 Power Electronics 2.2.4 Measuring Systems 2.2.5 Wafer Production 2.2.6 Telecommunications 2.2.7 Lighting Systems 2.3 Filters 2.3.1 Raw Materials 2.3.2 Design 2.3.3 Production Process 2.4 Wear Components 2.5 Other Applications 2.5.1 Body & Vehicle Armor 2.5.2 Cutting Tools 2.5.3 Engine Components 2.5.4 Membranes 3. Key Market Trends 3.1 Garnet Ceramic Solid-State Batteries Offer Improved Performance with Ultrathin Aluminum Oxide Layer 3.2 Zirconia Ceramics May Be a Reality in Apple's iPhone 8 3.3 Aerospace Sector Takes Off with Ceramics 3.4 Extreme Temperature Resistant Ceramic Developed 3.5 Fabrication of Ceramic Electronics Enhanced through Perovskites 3.6 Functionally Graded Ceramics (FGCs): Materials of the Future? 3.6.1 Ceramic-Metal 3.6.2 Ceramic-Ceramic and Glass-Ceramic 3.6.3 Ceramic-Polymer 3.6.4 In Conclusion 3.7 Novel High-Performance Monolithic Ceramics Boost Turbomachinery Performance 3.8 Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene-Reinforced Ceramics Nanocomposites Strengthen Monolithic Ceramics 3.9 Ceramic Components Find Application in Gas Turbines for Industrial Cogeneration 3.10 Porous and Dense Layers of Monolithic YSZ Developed for Ceramic Fuel Cell Applications 3.11 Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic Fuel Processor for Micro-Scale SOFCs Developed 4. Key Global Players - Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing, LLC (United States) - Ceradyne, Inc. (United States) - Ceramtec GmbH (Germany) - Coorstek, Inc. (United States) - Elan Technology, Inc. (United States) - Ferro Corporation (United States) - HC Starck GmbH (Germany) - Kyocera Corporation (Japan) - Materion Corporation (United States) - Mcdanel Advanced Ceramic Technologies, LLC (United States) - Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. (United States) - Morgan Advanced Materials PLC (United Kingdom) - Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Japan) - NGK Insulators Limited (Japan) - Rauschert Group (Germany) - Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials (France) - Zircoa, Inc. (United States) 5. Key Business Trends - VY1 Compact Series Ceramic Disc Capacitors from Vishay Intertechnology, Inc Qualifies "biased 85/85" Accelerated Life Test - Coorstek Inc Showcases Engineered Ceramic Components at AHR Expo 2017, US - Ceradyne Receives US Army soldier protection programs contract - Ferro Corporation Acquires Electro-Science Laboratories, Inc - AVX Corporation Launches MM Series Medical Grade Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc Expands Silicon Carbide Volumes in UK - NGK Insulators, Ltd Increases Ceramic Production Volumes in China - CoorsTek Inc Showcases Wear-Resistant Ceramics at MINExpo in Las Vegas - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc Unveils new alumina sensor - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc Introduces new Nilcra® Zirconia TS Grade Ceramic Die - CoorsTek Inc Develops New Ceramic Membrane - Blasch Precision Ceramics, Inc Develops VERKAPSE Hydrocyclone Liners - CoorsTek Inc Acquires Philips Ceramics Uden - Ceradyne Bags Body Armor Plates Contract from US Defense Logistics Agency - CoorsTek Inc to Establish New Center for Advanced Ceramic Materials in Golden, Colorado - 3M Deutschland GmbH and Schuberth GmbH Enter into Collaboration - AVX Corporation Introduces Multilayer Organic (MLO®) High Pass Filters For Wireless Applications - CoorsTek Inc Showcases Semiconductor Processing Ceramic Components at SEMICON Japan - Aremco Products, Inc Develops Alumina Ceramic Material Aremcolox 502-1400-99 - Blasch Precision Ceramics, Inc Launches CeraLine - NASA Approves AVX's Space-Level X7R BME Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) - AVX Corporation Launches new AVX Radial CapGuard Varistors - CoorsTek Inc Acquires BLS Textiles, Inc - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc Develops New PGS-100 Graphite-Loaded Silicon Carbon Material - AVX Corporation Introduces SV Series Multilayer Ceramic (MLC) Radial-Leaded Capacitors - CoorsTek Inc Acquires Covalent Materials Corporation - Aremco Products, Inc Develops Ceramacast 900 ceramic - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc Develops Silicon Carbide Degassing Rotors 6. Global Market Overview 6.1 Global Monolithic Ceramics Market Overview by Ceramic Type 6.1.1 Global Monolithic Oxide Ceramics Market Overview by Sub-Type 6.1.2 Monolithic Ceramic Types Market Overview by Global Region 6.1.2.1 Non-Oxides 6.1.2.2 Oxides 6.2 Global Monolithic Ceramics Market Overview by Application 6.2.1 Monolithic Ceramics Applications Market Overview by Global Region 6.2.1.1 Catalyst Supports 6.2.1.2 Electrical & Electronic Components 6.2.1.3 Filters 6.2.1.4 Wear Components 6.2.1.5 Other Applications Companies Mentioned - AGC Ceramics Co., Ltd. - AVX Corporation - Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing, LLC - Advanced Monolythic Ceramics, Inc - Aremco Products, Inc. - BCE Special Ceramics GmbH - Bhalla Chemical Works Pvt., Ltd. - Blasch Precision Ceramics, Inc. - Ceradyne, Inc. - CeramTec GmbH - Cerco Corporation - Coorstek KK - Coorstek, Inc. - Dalian Zhengxing Abrasive Co., Ltd. - Elan Technology, Inc. - Ferro Corporation - Guangzhou Kingsky Material Co., Ltd. - HC Starck GmbH - Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. - Jiangsu Sailamike Precision Ceramic Co., Ltd. - Kemet Corporation - Kyocera Corporation - Materion Corporation - Mcdanel Advanced Ceramic Technologies, LLC - Momentive Performance Materials, Inc - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc - Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. - NEO Tech - NGK Insulators Limited - NTB Hitech Ceramics - Nabaltec AG - Noritake Co., Ltd - Rauschert Group - Refractron Technologies Corporation - Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials - Shandong Goldensun Zirconium Industry Co., Ltd - Shandong Guiyuan Advanced Ceramics Co., Ltd. - TDK Corporation - Vesuvius PLC - Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. - Zircoa, Inc. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tgjsbq/monolithic


Dublin, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Monolithic Ceramics - A Global Market Overview" report to their offering. Worldwide market for Monolithic Ceramics forecast to be US$51.2 billion in 2017 and projected to reach US$67.5 billion by 2022 at a CAGR of 5.7% between 2017 and 2022. Electrical & Electronic Components lead the global demand for Monolithic Ceramics which is forecast to be US$26.3 billion in 2017 and is expected to maintain a CAGR of 5.7% between 2017 and 2022 and reach a projected US$34.7 billion by 2022. The report analyzes the monolithic ceramic product types comprising Non-Oxides and Oxides. Monolithic Oxide Ceramics' market further reviewed by its sub-type including Aluminum Oxide and Zirconium Oxide. The study also analyzes the key applications of monolithic ceramics consisting of Catalyst Supports, Electrical & Electronic Components, Filters, Wear Components and Others. Monolithic ceramics constitute the largest product category within the broader field of technical ceramics and include those ceramics that, as a rule, are not composites. On the other hand, in monolithic ceramics, the interface chemistry, as also the nature of mechanical and chemical bonding established between the two phases can be entirely different from that obtained in ceramic composites. Monolithic ceramics are typified by their special features, such as reliability, durability and resistance to high temperatures, which makes them indispensable in some of the more demanding applications. These ceramics can be fabricated without a reinforcement material and have a polycrystalline microstructure. Much of the demand for Monolithic Ceramics is derived from their extensive use in the automotive, electrical and electronics, power and defense industries. A growing global demand for electronic devices, such as laptops and mobile phones, has been instrumental in propelling the market for these materials. Asia-Pacific's rapidly expanding electrical and electronics sector has ensured that the region remains at forefront in terms of demand for Monolithic Ceramics. One possible limiting factor to this momentum can be the high cost of processing and excessive requirement of energy that go into obtaining the final product. Some of the other factors playing prominent roles in impacting the market for Monolithic Ceramics include greater use of these ceramics in fabricating turbine blades and other automotive components and stringent pollution control measures being rolled out by developing nations. Key Topics Covered: Part A: Global Market Perspective 1. Introduction 1.1 Product Outline 1.1.1 A Primer on Monolithic Ceramics 1.1.2 Classification of Monolithic Ceramics 2. Monolithic Ceramics Applications - A Market Snapshot 2.1 Catalyst Supports 2.1.1 Categories 2.1.2 Materials Used 2.1.3 Applications 2.2 Electrical & Electronic Components 2.2.1 Kiln and Furnace Engineering 2.2.2 Onshore and Offshore Engineering 2.2.3 Power Electronics 2.2.4 Measuring Systems 2.2.5 Wafer Production 2.2.6 Telecommunications 2.2.7 Lighting Systems 2.3 Filters 2.3.1 Raw Materials 2.3.2 Design 2.3.3 Production Process 2.4 Wear Components 2.5 Other Applications 2.5.1 Body & Vehicle Armor 2.5.2 Cutting Tools 2.5.3 Engine Components 2.5.4 Membranes 3. Key Market Trends 3.1 Garnet Ceramic Solid-State Batteries Offer Improved Performance with Ultrathin Aluminum Oxide Layer 3.2 Zirconia Ceramics May Be a Reality in Apple's iPhone 8 3.3 Aerospace Sector Takes Off with Ceramics 3.4 Extreme Temperature Resistant Ceramic Developed 3.5 Fabrication of Ceramic Electronics Enhanced through Perovskites 3.6 Functionally Graded Ceramics (FGCs): Materials of the Future? 3.6.1 Ceramic-Metal 3.6.2 Ceramic-Ceramic and Glass-Ceramic 3.6.3 Ceramic-Polymer 3.6.4 In Conclusion 3.7 Novel High-Performance Monolithic Ceramics Boost Turbomachinery Performance 3.8 Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene-Reinforced Ceramics Nanocomposites Strengthen Monolithic Ceramics 3.9 Ceramic Components Find Application in Gas Turbines for Industrial Cogeneration 3.10 Porous and Dense Layers of Monolithic YSZ Developed for Ceramic Fuel Cell Applications 3.11 Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic Fuel Processor for Micro-Scale SOFCs Developed 4. Key Global Players - Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing, LLC (United States) - Ceradyne, Inc. (United States) - Ceramtec GmbH (Germany) - Coorstek, Inc. (United States) - Elan Technology, Inc. (United States) - Ferro Corporation (United States) - HC Starck GmbH (Germany) - Kyocera Corporation (Japan) - Materion Corporation (United States) - Mcdanel Advanced Ceramic Technologies, LLC (United States) - Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. (United States) - Morgan Advanced Materials PLC (United Kingdom) - Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Japan) - NGK Insulators Limited (Japan) - Rauschert Group (Germany) - Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials (France) - Zircoa, Inc. (United States) 5. Key Business Trends - VY1 Compact Series Ceramic Disc Capacitors from Vishay Intertechnology, Inc Qualifies "biased 85/85" Accelerated Life Test - Coorstek Inc Showcases Engineered Ceramic Components at AHR Expo 2017, US - Ceradyne Receives US Army soldier protection programs contract - Ferro Corporation Acquires Electro-Science Laboratories, Inc - AVX Corporation Launches MM Series Medical Grade Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc Expands Silicon Carbide Volumes in UK - NGK Insulators, Ltd Increases Ceramic Production Volumes in China - CoorsTek Inc Showcases Wear-Resistant Ceramics at MINExpo in Las Vegas - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc Unveils new alumina sensor - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc Introduces new Nilcra® Zirconia TS Grade Ceramic Die - CoorsTek Inc Develops New Ceramic Membrane - Blasch Precision Ceramics, Inc Develops VERKAPSE Hydrocyclone Liners - CoorsTek Inc Acquires Philips Ceramics Uden - Ceradyne Bags Body Armor Plates Contract from US Defense Logistics Agency - CoorsTek Inc to Establish New Center for Advanced Ceramic Materials in Golden, Colorado - 3M Deutschland GmbH and Schuberth GmbH Enter into Collaboration - AVX Corporation Introduces Multilayer Organic (MLO®) High Pass Filters For Wireless Applications - CoorsTek Inc Showcases Semiconductor Processing Ceramic Components at SEMICON Japan - Aremco Products, Inc Develops Alumina Ceramic Material Aremcolox 502-1400-99 - Blasch Precision Ceramics, Inc Launches CeraLine - NASA Approves AVX's Space-Level X7R BME Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) - AVX Corporation Launches new AVX Radial CapGuard Varistors - CoorsTek Inc Acquires BLS Textiles, Inc - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc Develops New PGS-100 Graphite-Loaded Silicon Carbon Material - AVX Corporation Introduces SV Series Multilayer Ceramic (MLC) Radial-Leaded Capacitors - CoorsTek Inc Acquires Covalent Materials Corporation - Aremco Products, Inc Develops Ceramacast 900 ceramic - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc Develops Silicon Carbide Degassing Rotors 6. Global Market Overview 6.1 Global Monolithic Ceramics Market Overview by Ceramic Type 6.1.1 Global Monolithic Oxide Ceramics Market Overview by Sub-Type 6.1.2 Monolithic Ceramic Types Market Overview by Global Region 6.1.2.1 Non-Oxides 6.1.2.2 Oxides 6.2 Global Monolithic Ceramics Market Overview by Application 6.2.1 Monolithic Ceramics Applications Market Overview by Global Region 6.2.1.1 Catalyst Supports 6.2.1.2 Electrical & Electronic Components 6.2.1.3 Filters 6.2.1.4 Wear Components 6.2.1.5 Other Applications Companies Mentioned - AGC Ceramics Co., Ltd. - AVX Corporation - Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing, LLC - Advanced Monolythic Ceramics, Inc - Aremco Products, Inc. - BCE Special Ceramics GmbH - Bhalla Chemical Works Pvt., Ltd. - Blasch Precision Ceramics, Inc. - Ceradyne, Inc. - CeramTec GmbH - Cerco Corporation - Coorstek KK - Coorstek, Inc. - Dalian Zhengxing Abrasive Co., Ltd. - Elan Technology, Inc. - Ferro Corporation - Guangzhou Kingsky Material Co., Ltd. - HC Starck GmbH - Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. - Jiangsu Sailamike Precision Ceramic Co., Ltd. - Kemet Corporation - Kyocera Corporation - Materion Corporation - Mcdanel Advanced Ceramic Technologies, LLC - Momentive Performance Materials, Inc - Morgan Advanced Materials Plc - Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. - NEO Tech - NGK Insulators Limited - NTB Hitech Ceramics - Nabaltec AG - Noritake Co., Ltd - Rauschert Group - Refractron Technologies Corporation - Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials - Shandong Goldensun Zirconium Industry Co., Ltd - Shandong Guiyuan Advanced Ceramics Co., Ltd. - TDK Corporation - Vesuvius PLC - Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. - Zircoa, Inc. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tgjsbq/monolithic


News Article | May 22, 2017
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Riz Ahmed has had a busy couple of years, first gaining pop culture and critical attention in HBO’s acclaimed The Night Of, then in the hit Star Wars prequel, Rogue One. But in a new PSA campaign , the actor says this might be his most important role yet because it aims to impact the real lives of ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom. British Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap general election for June 8, so the group Operation Black Vote and ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi London are hoping to get the word out as widely as possible. “Black Don’t Vote” is a stark title–by “black,” the campaign is referring to ethnic minorities of all backgrounds in the U.K. But according to Operation Black Vote, so are the statistics. The campaign says 1.4 million potential votes were not used by what they call black and minority ethnic (BME) individuals, 28% of BME’s are not registered to vote (compared to 6% of white people), and among BMEs of African descent, that is closer to 50%. Grime artist Jamal Edwards also stars in another PSA for the campaign. Both Edwards and Ahmed, who’s also no stranger to hip-hop as half of the politically charged Swet Shop Boys with Heems (Das Racist), lay out statistics and reasoning for boosting voter turnout to affect issues and decisions that impact BME communities.


A new line of modular phone cases includes a 4-in-1 "EnviroSensor" that measures air quality, which can help you avoid prolonged exposure to unhealthy environments. Over the last few years, a fair number of air quality sensors, both personal and residential versions, have hit the market, but they're nowhere near as ubiquitous as smartphones, so perhaps a smartphone case with an integrated environmental sensor suite can help increase their adoption. A Silicon Valley startup, i-BLADES, thinks so, and has built its modular smartphone cases with that in mind. According to the company (based on information from the World Health Organization and the EPA), it might be better for people to track the air quality around them instead of focusing on their fitness trackers, as some 92% of the world's population lives in places where the air pollution exceeds the levels considered to be 'healthy', and even indoor air quality can be worse than outside air quality. In fact, in some places, the high levels of air pollution can outweigh the benefits of cycling or walking, so monitoring the air quality and adjusting our activity levels accordingly can be an effective way of minimizing exposure to air pollutants. Built into each i-BLADES Smartcase is an "EnviroSensor" that uses a Bosch BME 680 chemical gas sensor as its 'nose' and allows for "fast and accurate" measuring of levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), temperature, humidity, and air pressure, which are displayed through an accompanying app. The app displays an easy-to-read color-coded dial showing changes in air quality, as well as the temp, humidity, and pressure, in real-time. Currently only available for Samsung Galaxy and Note devices, the i-BLADES polycarbonate cases offer "all-round protection up to Military Spec 810G" for the devices, and the Smartcase line allows for the easy adding of extra battery capacity, more memory, virtual reality capabilities, and more, through a universal magnetic attachment system.


News Article | April 26, 2017
Site: novobrief.com

Startup exits  Car selling startup Clicars has sold a majority stake to Aramisauto. The resulting entity has also raised funding from Seaya Ventures BBVA has acquired Mexican fintech startup Openpay Investor and accelerator news  Fons Enginyers and Banco Sabadell sold their shares in TopDoctors in the company’s latest financing round, announced this week BS Capital, Banco Sabadell’s venture arm, has launched a venture debt vehicle Lucas Carné, co-founder of Privalia, has created a vehicle to start investing in real estate BME (Bolsas y Mercados Españoles), the entity that manages Spain’s main stock markets, has created Entorno Pre-Mercado to make it easier for startups to raise capital and understand how public markets work Menorca Millennials officially announced its third accelerator program, taking place this summer in Menorca Startup news  Interview with Ivan Cayuela and Virginia Tortosa, co-founders of food delivery startup Fotawa Big company news  Tuenti will be in charge of providing ‘tokens’ at music festivals, replacing cash Spanish regulator CNMC will request telcos access to call registries to prevent abusive policies Menorca Millennials officially announced its third accelerator program, taking place this summer in Menorca Interesting reads 🤓 Spain’s television duopoly, Atresmedia and Mediaset, have moved their power to the world of startups. El Español has an interesting article on how these two companies approach media for equity investments The post Spanish tech news: 26/4/2017 appeared first on Novobrief.

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