/ May 10, 2017

All seven top Japanese trading firms enjoy strong earnings

Powered by higher prices in natural resources such as coal and iron ore, all seven major domestic trading houses enjoyed strong group net profits in fiscal 2016, which ended in March, recently disclosed financial statements have shown. Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsui & Co. regained ...

Industrial materials demand rebounding

/ Jan 24, 2014

Industrial materials demand rebounding

Demand for industrial materials is showing clear signs of recovery, with steel and cement production in 2013 in Japan hitting their highest levels in five years on the back of the building boom in disaster-struck regions and urban areas undergoing economic expansion. Production of ...

May 11, 2013

MIT finds 'green' way to smelt iron

Scientists have unveiled a new method for extracting metallic iron from its ore while curbing emissions of carbon dioxide. This is achieved with electrolysis and has the added benefit of releasing oxygen as a byproduct, a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported ...