Shippers have paid ridiculous fees, but their shipments are still being rolled and carriers want to collect more

Although the massively increased rates include a premium fee, to ensure that container equipment and space are available, some shippers complain that their cargo was still rolled. Port of Shanghai, China Short-term freight rates from China to Northern Europe have crossed the  mark of USD 20,000 for a 40ft container, and transpacific carriers are quoting […]

The Many Uses for Mosaic Tiles

Mosaics have been around practically forever. The art of creating patterns and designs by arranging small pieces of molten colored glass (called tesserae) has been utilized since the time of the ancient Greeks, and was in fact responsible for many of the beautiful artwork created in Byzantine times. Its time did not end there, as […]

What is Calcium Oxide (CaO)?

Calcium oxide, also known as quicklime, is an alkaline substance that has been in use since the medieval age. It is believed that quicklime is one of the oldest chemicals known to the human race. It can also be referred to as burnt lime or lime. Calcium oxide has a medium viscosity and a high surface tension, […]

What is Glass?

Glass manufacturing has an age-old tradition which dates back to around 3500 BC when glass is believed to have been first artificially produced in Egypt and Mesopotamia to be used as jewellery and later as vessels. Since then processes have constantly evolved from craftsmanship to today’s high-tech industrial processes and the number of glass types […]

Efforts underway to export 100 tonnes of lychees to Australia

Sydney (VNA) – The Vietnam Trade Office in Australia has worked with local farm produce importers to sell some 100 tonnes of Vietnamese “thieu” lychees in southern and western states. Along with a programme to build national trademarks and promote lychee exports to Australia, the office has assigned officials to respond to requests for support in dealing with import procedures, […]

Uses of Granite

It is the world’s toughest substance. It has been used for thousands of years. Apart from using it from building monuments, it is also used in curling balls and gym walls for training mountain climbing. Below are the granite uses in different forms: Building monuments Granite used in jewellery Granite used in fireplace mantle and floor Granite […]