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#1 02-04-11 11:56:33

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Silicon

From what I can gather - and I could just be wrong ;-) - this will be used more in the production of EU regulatory tyre production, so I think it could be worthwhile investing in its production/development.Having said that, I really don't know much about it, whether it is is natural or produced although The Internet does suggest that a form of gel is produced.

Can anyone help here and, if so, advise of any companies that could be in the running, so to speak?

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#2 02-04-11 17:37:01

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Re: Silicon

Now is that Silicon or Silicone?

Silicon is used in semi conductors, microprocessors etc. Silicone is a synthetic rubber, that stable at higher temperature than natural rubber. I'd hate to see you invest in the wrong market..

Not knowing anything about it myself just had a quick read up on latest tyre technology it may even be Silica that you're interested in, which is basically finely ground sand/quartz. Pretty sure there's a fair bit of that around, so can't see and investment potential there.


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#3 02-04-11 20:52:19

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Re: Silicon

Yes, I think it is silica. Thank you.

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#4 03-04-11 07:05:51

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Re: Silicon

I read recently that China is growing at such a rate it's reduced it's exports of rare earth metals, Scandium, Neodymium, etc, etc. It's one of the worlds biggest producers if not the biggest. They're used in tiny amounts in magnets, TVs, lasers, semi-conductors, pretty much anything that uses high-end technology. Also lithium as the production of lithium-ion batteries for cars will increase massively with the increase in battery powered cars.

Might be worth looking at mineral/mining outside China, as there should be some growth there.

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#5 03-04-11 08:40:59

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Re: Silicon

Thank you, Dave. That is very helpful. I'm raising this of my Investment forum. Should be interesting to see what they say.

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#6 03-04-11 10:42:32

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Re: Silicon

Cool, let me know what feedback you get.


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#7 03-04-11 10:50:27

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Re: Silicon

Will do - sometimes you get loads, others not a whisper. Here's the link to the thread but you'd have to sign up to the forum ( obviously ). Not sure if you'd haves to open an account or not - it's free, though.

http://www.share-feedback.co.uk/forum/v … highlight=


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#8 03-04-11 11:00:52

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Re: Silicon

I need to rigister to see it. I may do later in the week and just have a little look. I'm just about to change my ISP this week so my email address with change, I'll have a peek after that.


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#9 03-04-11 11:03:04

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Re: Silicon

Great! - look forward to seeing you on there, perhaps.

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#10 16-06-11 07:07:40

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Re: Silicon

This has popped up on BBC news site, regarding China and "rare earth" mining.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13777439


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#11 16-06-11 07:28:18

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Re: Silicon

Thank you for that, DampDog. I think investing in shares that are ethical has become a game in itself. I expect this is something that could be debated for hours. Having said that, it could be worth checking to see how the news has affected the market and put in a spread bet as to whether it has made it go up or down. ;-)

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