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Member Since: Fri, 31st Oct 2008

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Last Posted: 15 Dec '15

15 Dec '15

Interesting article. I like these comments: PitchSteer is a low-cost, low weight method of control that reduces actuation power required (to 10W) for Torotrak’s variable drive, which is designed for devices such as superchargers. DriveDisconnect provides a zero output speed capability within the variator – providing the functionality of a clutch without the cost or weight penalty.

“DriveDisconnect provides an extra function for free,” enthuses Gaskell. “Our development work for both technologies has proven that we can offer unique CVT functionality that addresses the needs of our customers, for example in the variable supercharging space.” - See more at:

IMHO this is great news for the uptake of superchargers in mainstream production vehicles. Superchargers place a direct mechanical load on the engine, so this development will disconnect that load from the engine when boost is not required, increasing fuel efficiency and eliminating turbo lag. A Rolls-Royce Merlin engine supercharger draws about 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts), so the potential savings are worthwhile.
4 Sep '15

Plant Impact, the agricultural crop improvement specialist, said it now expects to break even after trading profitably through the last full year.
After a transformational year to the end of July, the AIM-listed company predicted growth for the 2016 financial year on the back of substantial sales in Brazil of its soybean crop efficiency product, Veritas.

Sales of Veritas, which is sold in Brazil by German multinational Bayer, were encouraging and helped group revenue expand 80% to £4.5m, of which £1.4m came in the fourth quarter, itself a 75% increase.

Although sales in Northern Europe were hit by Russia's boycott of European produce, Plant Impact said overall for the year its net profit after tax was expected to be £0.1m, reversing the previous year's £0.7m loss.

Chief executive John Brubaker said it had been a transformational year for the group and said 2016 was "an important year for multiple growth programmes".

"The directors have a positive sales outlook for the 2016 financial year."

This is predicated on forecasts of "substantial growth" in Brazil for Veritas as sales are expanded across the whole country after a successful test-marketing season, with firm orders already received for most of its expected sales in the 2015/16 Brazilian soybean season.

Northern Europe, the smaller region from a current sales perspective, is expected to see "modest" growth, Middle-Eastern sales are expected to continue to expand, and a first commercial year of Banzai, a new product to improve cocoa yield that will be marketed in West Africa by Arysta LifeScience, beginning with Cameroon and the Ivory Coast.

Management also plan to significantly expand commercial and research and development programmes, using some of the £7.6m cash balances.
18 Aug '15

good news, as the more expensive miners leave the field, for JLP to pick up more contracts?

"Miner and commodity trader Glencore is reviewing its Eland platinum mine and has informed the government and trade unions of a possible closure due to falling metal prices, it said on Tuesday. Depressed commodity prices, rising labour costs and increasing electricity tariffs have also forced other platinum producers like Lonmin and Anglo American Platinum to consider shedding jobs."

"Glencore has informed the Department of Mineral Resources and relevant unions of the potential closures," the company said in a statement. Glencore said it had also begun discussions with trade unions about job losses. "The closure would affect just under 1 000 jobs at the mine," Gideon du Plessis, Solidarity's General Secretary told Reuters.
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12 Aug '15

Platinum market to remain in deficit in 2016/17, amid lower capex spend, by as much as 16% in 2016 and 2017, compared with 2015 levels, a World Platinum Investment Council- (WPIC-) commissioned report, compiled by Venmyn Deloitte, projects.

“Such a fall will support ongoing deficits in the platinum supply-demand balance, even without growth in platinum demand,” the report stated. It further outlined that platinum production from South Africa had declined by over 500 000 oz/y, or 11%, from 2008 to 2013.

Over the same five-year period, capital investment in the South African platinum mining sector had declined by more than 40%, from R30-billion a year to R17-billion. Capital investment in 2014 was R13-billion, while published capital investment estimates for this year stood at R11-billion.

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29 Jul '15

Been in MONI since 2009 @13p and sold at 40p and 60p, more by luck than judgement.
My new target is 30p in 2 years, or sooner if BOD can get it together.
23 Apr '15

Sorry, I don't mean to mislead, I am back in profit - not Myriad, which set a new 52-week high during Wednesday's trading session when it reached 6.03 Chf, a rise of 364.84%.
23 Apr '15

0QMT: aka Synchroncia; Myriad Group AG (SIX Swiss Exchange: MYRN) ZURICH, Switzerland – 13th April 2015 provider of messaging solutions, and embedded software to leading OEMs, mobile operators, and pay TV providers worldwide, has seen double digit growth in its msngr chat service with users rising from 140 million in Q4 2014 to 171 million in Q1 2015, a 22 per cent increase.

I have stuck with this from the days of SYNC, but lost touch, until now. I will try and sell, as I am now in profit -;) GLA
12 Feb '15

It seems like the addition of graphene into the mix should make an interesting premium high technology wood?

"We were pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Christie and Sue Farr as Non-Executive Directors in November, adding strength and diversity to the current Board of Directors. The fact that we have been able to attract individuals of Sue and Sean's calibre to the Company speaks volumes about what Accsys has achieved recently and the potential of our business.

Sean Christie is the former Group Finance Director of Croda International plc, a global manufacturer of speciality chemicals. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Applied Graphene Materials plc."
12 Feb '15

· Continuing growth in demand with Accoya® wood revenue increasing by 42% to €28.7m for the nine months ended December 2014 (2013: €20.2m); 5% price increase successfully implemented during the quarter will become fully effective for the final quarter of the financial year;

· Strong balance sheet maintained with cash balance of €9.0m at 31 December 2014 (30 September 2014: €13.5m) and net cash of €7.1m (30 September 2014: €12.0m); 48% improvement in underlying cash-flow compared to same quarter last year;
. Improved sales and profitability gives us confidence that the Company will be cash-flow positive during the final quarter of the current financial year;

· Record production delivered in January 2015 resulting from on-going plant optimisation; indicates Arnhem production capacity in excess of 40,000 cubic meters per annum (+12% from last stated capacity)

This last statement suggests they are already exceeding the previously stated capacity (35,000 cubic meters) at Arnhem. Dose anyone know if this is true? or do they have plans for more shifts and /or extra production lines to achieve the stated capacity?
21 Jul '14

Can't see how in-car electro cardiogram (ECG) sensor systems built into special seats can be a viable solution to combat sleepy drivers that cause a whopping 20% of accidents on major roads, accidents more likely than any other to result in a fatality or serious injury.Apart from the problems with lag and cost, the drivers clothes would also need to be controlled, which should make it a non starter for most commercial applications other than aircraft, which is not the market it is aimed at!

Eye tracking solutions seem far superior IMO and can be incorporated into a modern vehicles advanced control system, to activate forward looking or reversing sensors, and support lane departure systems, which would SEE when you want to change lanes or SEE through a boot or bonnet, and activate CCTV, to aid maneuvering.


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