Yokohama Announces Changes Of Senior Management
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Tokyo – The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced today that the company decided to make the following changes in responsibilities of senior management. The changes will become effective as of July 1, 2013.
As of July 1, 2013
• Director (current position)
Director and Executive Vice President, in charge of Corporate Planning Dept., Secretariat, GD100 Promotion Dept., Global HR Dept., Legal Dept., President of Multiple Business, President of Yokohama Business Association Corporation (Director and Executive Vice President, in charge of Corporate Planning Dept., Global HR Dept., Secretariat, GD100 Promotion Dept., President of Multiple Business, President of Yokohama Business Association Corporation)
• Corporate Officer (current position)
Corporate Officer, Head of Tire Logistics Div., Head of Tire Distribution Control Dept. (Corporate Officer, Head of Tire Logistics Div., Head of Tire Distribution Control Dept., President of Hamagomu Logistics Co., Ltd.)
• Koichi Tsuruno
Corporate Officer, President of Yokohama Tire Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Corporate Officer, Head of Global HR Dept., President of Yokohama Pier Support Co., Ltd., Director of Yokohama Business Association Corporation)
Severstal Looking At Sydney Expansion
According to the Nova Scotia-base Chronicle Herald, OAO Severstal has been looking at building an $800-million iron ore pelletization plant in either Sydney or Sept-Iles, Quebec, that could provide 700 jobs through a business venture dubbed IIBG Severstal.
The Chronicle Herald claims the company is working on a test facility in South Africa for the process that could be adopted on a much larger scale in Nova Scotia. It hopes to use technology developed by South Africa’s Iron Mineral Beneficiation Services that would allow it to make metallic iron briquettes from vast untapped supplies of fine iron ore that can’t be treated in blast furnaces using traditional methods.
American Eurocopter To Sell UH-72A Lakota Helicopters To Thailand
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress June 7 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $77 million.
The Government of Thailand has requested a possible sale of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters, spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, publications and technical documentation, Aviation Mission Planning Station, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $77 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States, by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in Southeast Asia.
This proposed sale will contribute to Thailand’s goal to upgrade and modernize its military forces with a new light utility helicopter capable of meeting requirements for rotary-wing transportation, while further enhancing greater interoperability between Thailand the U.S., and among other allies. Thailand will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractor will be EADS North America, in Herndon, Virginia. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to Thailand for a period of five weeks for equipment de-processing/fielding, system checkout and new equipment training and a Contractor Furnished Service Representative (CFSR) for a period of one year.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
KiOR Achieves Operational Milestones
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Pasadena-based KiOR, Inc. announced Monday that its commercial scale cellulosic gasoline and diesel production facility in Columbus, Mississippi has achieved several key operational milestones.
The Columbus facility’s Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking, or BFCC, unit has completed its first uninterrupted 30-day run. Second, the facility made its first shipment of cellulosic gasoline on June 28, which represented the first fuel shipment since March, 2013. Lastly, the facility commenced regular shipments of both gasoline and diesel that same day.
“Commencing regular shipments of gasoline and diesel is very significant for KiOR, as it reflects the continuous improvements in our operations at the Columbus facility,” said Fred Cannon, KiOR’s President and CEO. “We have been undertaking considerable reliability and optimization efforts in areas of the facility unrelated to KiOR’s core technology. The success of these efforts gives us confidence, more than ever, that the performance targets for the Columbus plant are attainable in the months ahead and that our operating assumptions for our next, larger Natchez plant are reasonable.”
“With the facility operating stably and producing cellulosic gasoline and diesel at commercial scale, we believe we are on track to achieve steady-state operations before the end of the calendar year and to demonstrate improving performance metrics over that timeframe,” Cannon continued. “The largest commercially producing cellulosic production facility in the world, we expect Columbus — enhanced with our recent optimizations — to be the basis of our second facility’s design at Natchez.”
A Taste of Art
A Taste of Art has recently relocated from its former home at Brickerton to a new storefront location in Jackson Square next to Tuesday Mornings. Owner Shelly Harper said the new location offers something for everyone, from “paint-your-own pottery” to art classes.
Harper said one of her more popular events are paint parties for couples or individuals.
“This offers people something to do besides go to the movies,” Harper said.”It’s good for date nights or special events.”
Harper brought in Native American Artist Troy Slade to teach a course in basket weaving. Slade will be heading to Florida soon but he will be returning in early 2014 to teach more Native American Art Courses.