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USPTO Awards AKHAN Key Optics Patent for New Diamond Based IR Antireflective Coating

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AKHAN Semiconductor, a technology company specializing in the fabrication and application of lab-grown, electronics-grade diamond, announced today the issuance by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of a patent covering AKHANs next generation diamond based multilayer antireflective coating systems, key in military & aerospace sensor and detector applications, amongst others.

The granted and issued patent, 10,254,445, is a key addition to AKHANs breakthrough Miraj Diamond Glass intellectual property portfolio, and enables new capabilities in optical sensing, detecting, and transmission. Through integration of high-quality diamond multilayer materials, the novel system allows for optical components with ultra-hardness, scratch-resistance, high thermal conductivity, hydrophobicity, chemical and biological inertness, and with high transmittance at a variety of critical angles.

Due to diamond’s absorption spectra in the medium wavelength infrared region, the material has been historically absent for infrared application use. However, through our novel diamond-based multilayer materials, it is now possible to capture the favorable properties of diamond for more rugged systems use, such as experienced in battlefield conditions, explains AKHAN Founder & CEO, Adam Khan.

Previous antireflective coatings have suffered from delamination, degradation, and fluctuating optical transmissivity. AKHANs Miraj Diamond materials provide high transmissivity infrared windows with high reliability, said AKHAN Chief Technology Officer Bill Alberth. We look forward to announcing new products featuring this patented technology soon.

AKHANs flagship Miraj Diamond Glass for consumer display is 6x stronger, 10x harder, and runs over 800x cooler than leading glass competitors like Gorilla Glass by coating standard commercial glass such as aluminosilicate, BK7, and Fused Silica with proprietary lab-grown nanocrystalline diamond. Diamond-based technology is capable of increasing power density as well as creating faster, lighter, and simpler devices for consumer use.

For more information, please contact Christopher Fox at 847.855.8400 or email at [email protected].

About AKHAN

AKHAN is a technology company specializing in the fabrication and application of electronics-grade diamonds as functional semiconductors. AKHAN is headquartered in Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois. Additional information about AKHAN is available on the Company’s website at https://www.akhansemi.com/.

AKHAN
Christopher Fox, 847-855-8400
[email protected]
www.akhansemi.com

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Bears in the air: DHL flies two Himalayan brown bears to their new homes

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  • The two highly-endangered bears are settling in Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife in Jordan after a temperature-controlled multimodal journey from Islamabad
  • DHL took care of the customs clearance and logistics, while global animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS provided animal expertise

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 14 January 2021 – Bubloo and Suzie, two 17-year old highly-endangered Himalayan brown bears, took the flight of a lifetime and have safely arrived at Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife in Jordan. After months of extensive preparation, which included health checks, planning of routes, customs clearance and training for the bears, DHL Global Forwarding and FOUR PAWS, a global animal welfare organization, brought Bubloo and Suzie to their new home on 17 December.

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“Being able to leverage our logistics expertise, temperature-controlled capabilities and customs clearance solutions to help animals, such as Bubloo and Suzie, relocate brings another perspective to our mission of “Connecting People, Improving Lives”. The successful move, like so many others that we have done, might have required more elaborate planning but brought the teams so much satisfaction. We are glad that the bears are settling in their new home in time to ring in the New Year,” said Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.

 

The freight forwarding specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group managed the logistics of flying the animals, while veterinary specialists from FOUR PAWS, who accompanied them on the same flight, provided insights to make the journey comfortable for the bears. DHL chauffeured Bubloo and Suzie, weighing 120 kilograms and 90 kilograms respectively, to the Islamabad International Airport in custom-built cages that adhere to the International Air Transport Association’s regulations. From there, they boarded their flight to Jordan with a short layover in Doha.

 

“We are pleased to report that, after their first-class flight experience that ended at the Queen Alia International Airport, Bubloo and Suzie are thriving in their new home. The months of detailed planning with DHL in coordination with local Pakistan officials and the financial help of American businessman Eric S. Margolis, have paid off as the bears begin to build their new lives at Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife, a sanctuary run by the Princess Alia Foundation and FOUR PAWS,” said Dr. Amir Khalil, FOUR PAWS veterinarian and leader of the rescue mission.

 

On 30 November, DHL and FOUR PAWS relocated Kaavan, also known as the world’s loneliest elephant, from the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary. In previous years, DHL successfully helped four grown endangered Ussuri brown bears travel across continents from Japan to England, and sent two giant pandas on a climate-neutral journey from China to Finland.

 

Note to editors:

Kaavan, a 36-year old Asian elephant, was the first-ever adult elephant that was flown out of Pakistan. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the logistics that moved the Asian elephant, which was kept captive for decades in a Pakistan Zoo, to a Cambodian wildlife sanctuary to live out its days in comfort and good company.


DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

 

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros in 2019. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to society and the environment, the Group makes a positive contribution to the world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by 2050.

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KEF Creates Maximum Bass in Minimum Space with New Uni-Core Technology

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MAIDSTONE, KENT – Media OutReach – 14 January 2021 – KEF has created a completely new take on subwoofer and speaker designs with the innovative Uni-Core technology. The patent-pending Uni-Core technology delivers ultra-compact size and mighty performance, creating the audio lover’s dream of a powerful but discreet subwoofer or speaker. The new Uni-Core technology, developed by KEF, redefines the size versus performance battle in an unprecedented triumph of quality sound. The technology enables high-level performance whilst reducing the subwoofer or speaker cabinet volume significantly. The evolution of KEF’s technology has been met with KEF’s unwavering desire to create a timeless design with forward-thinking acoustic inventiveness.

Acknowledging the ambition to create an aesthetically pleasing piece of audio equipment to complement our living room, it was also imperitive that KEF not only maintain but excel in their provision of accurate and deep bass. With this aim of desirable aesthetics and uncompromising performance the first challenge was how to fit two drivers into a compact cube enclosure. “To deliver deep and loud bass from a compact product is a big engineering challenge. The Uni-core is a breakthrough technology for KEF because it allows us to pack two drivers into a tighter space without compromising their performance.” – Dr Jack Oclee-Brown, Head of Research & Development at KEF.

With the new Uni-Core topology, dual force-cancelling drivers provide bass performance from less space by means of concentrically arranged, overlapping voice coils. Furthermore, Uni-Core allows a single motor to energise both cones. The coils are different sizes on each cone, which means when the cones move backwards the coils can occupy the same space within the cabinet. Overall it means that the physical cabinet can be extremely compact and significantly reduced in volume compared to using conventional driver technology.

The space saved allows the drivers to have far more excursion than an equivalent-sized force-cancelling design, unlocking more output and depth from much less space. This patent-pending technology smoothly delivers the aspirational design and audio excellence.

 

Notes to Editors: Uni-Core technology

  • Patent-pending Uni-Core technology redefines the physical space required for high-performance speakers and subwoofers
  • Uni-Core combines the dual force-cancelling drive units into a single motor system with the overlapping voice coils concentrically arranged thus reducing the size of the speaker or subwoofer cabinet significantly
  • The new Uni-Core technology will be applied in an upcoming new KEF product to be announced this month

 

To discover more on KEF, please visit: https://kef.world/zez

#KEF #KEFListenandbelieve #KEFTech #KEFUniCore

About KEF

KEF was founded in 1961 by Raymond Cooke OBE (1925–1995). Headquartered, in those early years, in a Nissen Hut on the premises of Kent Engineering & Foundry in the UK, after more than half a century at the cutting edge of audio the company remains committed to excellence in sound. From ground-breaking Uni-Q technology to the bar-setting LS50 Wireless, KEF’s flair for the unusual — and sometimes controversial — balances an obsession with design in harmony with the most innovative engineering. KEF’s reputation for quality is founded on a refusal to compromise on aural authenticity or experience.

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Johnson Electric reports Business and Unaudited Financial Information for the Third Quarter of Financial Year 2020/21

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 14 January 2021 – This news release is made by Johnson Electric Holdings Limited (“Johnson Electric” or the “Company” and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) for the business operations and selected unaudited financial information of the Group for the three months and the nine months ended 31 December 2020.

 

The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company considers the publication of quarterly sales performance updates to be consistent with international corporate disclosure best practice. The objective of this news release is to provide transparency and to ensure that investors and potential investors receive equal access to the same information at the same time.

 

The Group’s sales for the quarter ended 31 December 2020 were US$912 million compared to US$773 million for the same quarter in 2019, an increase of 18%. Excluding currency movements, sales increased by 15% to US$887 million. Foreign exchange rate movements had a positive effect of US$25 million on the Group’s sales for the quarter ended 31 December 2020. This was mainly due to the impact of the stronger average exchange rates for the Euro and Chinese Renminbi against the US Dollar, compared to the same quarter in 2019.

 

The recovery in sales experienced in the second quarter gathered momentum in the third quarter, partially mitigating the deep pandemic-driven decline experienced in the first quarter of the financial year. Overall, the Group recorded sales of US$2,242 million for the nine months ended 31 December 2020, compared to US$2,338 million for the same period in 2019, a decrease of 4%. Excluding currency movements, sales for the nine months ended 31 December 2020 decreased by 5%.

 

Sales of Automotive Products Group (“APG”)

APG’s sales for the quarter ended 31 December 2020 increased by US$107 million or 17% compared to the same quarter in 2019.  Excluding currency effects, APG’s sales increased by US$84 million or 13% in the quarter.

 

APG’s sales outperformed compared to automotive industry production volumes, in all regions, in both the nine months and the quarter ended 31 December 2020. Although the COVID-19 pandemic sharply reduced APG’s sales in April and May 2020, particularly in Europe and the Americas, the Group subsequently experienced a significant recovery in demand. The sales changes by region, excluding currency effects, were as follows:

 

 

Quarter ended
31 December 2020

Nine months ended
31 December 2020

Asia

increased 16%

increased 6%

Europe

increased 7%

decreased 20%

Americas

increased 17%

decreased 13%

Total

increased 13%

decreased 8%

 

Johnson Electric’s innovative technology and product portfolio remains well positioned to meet growing demand for the electrification of critical automotive functions to increase powertrain efficiency, reduce vehicle weight, improve safety, reliability and enhance comfort.

 

Sales of Industry Products Group (“IPG”)

IPG’s sales for the quarter ended 31 December 2020 increased by US$32 million or 21% compared to the same quarter in 2019. Excluding currency effects, IPG’s sales increased by US$29 million or 20% for the quarter.

 

IPG’s business and financial performance benefited significantly from changes in consumer behaviour and expenditure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As consumers in many countries were required to spend more time at home, the division experienced strong demand for products for food and beverage, floor care, home office printer, lawn and garden, window automation, power tool, sanitation and ventilation applications. The medical segment also experienced strong growth, driven by the long-term imperative to reduce the labour intensity of hospital procedures.

 

These positive demand dynamics were partly offset by the COVID-19 pandemic’s adverse impact on some specific customers and market segments. In Europe and the Americas, sales to many small and medium enterprises decreased as consumers switched to purchasing through the online sales channels of larger competitors. Commercial printers, metering, flexible printed products and switches segments were also slower than usual.

 

On a regional basis, IPG experienced the highest sales growth in Asia due in large part to the rapid recovery of China’s industrial sector and strong global demand for the country’s manufactured goods. In Europe and the Americas, the path to recovery in some segments has taken somewhat longer and in the US, in particular, IPG’s sales have been hampered by delays from port congestion as well as land and rail logistical bottlenecks. The sales changes by region, excluding currency effects, were as follows:

 

 

Quarter ended
31 December 2020

Nine months ended
31 December 2020

Asia

increased 35%

increased 18%

Europe

increased 22%

increased 6%

Americas

flat

decreased 3%

Total

increased 20%

increased 8%

 

Chairman’s Comments on Sales Performance and Outlook

Concerning the quarter ended 31 December 2020 sales performance, the Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr. Patrick Shui-Chung Wang, said, “The strong recovery in demand that we experienced during the second quarter continued in the third quarter — with sales levels in both APG and IPG running well ahead of the third quarter in the prior year.  Although there remains some uncertainty as to how the upsurge in COVID-19 in many Western countries could impact business activity and consumer confidence, the Group is presently on track to deliver full-year total sales close to the level achieved in the prior financial year.  This would represent a very satisfactory achievement given the fact that such a large portion of Johnson Electric’s operations was either shutdown or significantly constrained during the first two months of the current financial year.”

 

Cautionary Statement

Shareholders and potential investors in the Company are reminded that the information provided in this news release, including information related to the expected outlook for the full year, is based on the Group’s unaudited internal records and management accounts. This information has not been reviewed or audited by the Company’s auditors.

 

Shareholders and potential investors should exercise caution when dealing or investing in the shares of the Company.

About Johnson Electric Group

The Johnson Electric Group is a global leader in electric motors, actuators, motion subsystems and related electro-mechanical components. It serves a broad range of industries including Automotive, Smart Metering, Medical Devices, Business Equipment, Home Automation, Ventilation, White Goods, Power Tools, and Lawn & Garden Equipment. The Group is headquartered in Hong Kong and employs over 35,000 individuals in 23 countries worldwide. Johnson Electric Holdings Limited is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 179). For further information, please visit: www.johnsonelectric.com.

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