industrial jewel

industrial jewel

[in′dəs·trē·əl ¦jül]
(mineralogy)
A hard stone, such as ruby or sapphire, used for bearings and impulse pins in instruments and for recording needles.
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The statement came a day after the French government stepped firmly into the battle over its industrial jewel Alstom, saying it favoured General Electric's bid over a rival joint offer from Germany's Siemens and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
News that hundreds of jobs are at risk in the region's industrial jewel - the process sector - is deeply worrying.
While focusing on expansion for the coming decade, Adamant was interested in incorporating LTCC substrate business alongside their fine industrial jewel technology that uses materials such as sapphire, zirconia, ceramics and ruby for industrial markets.
Avio, which makes parts for the GE 787 Dreamliner engine used by Boeing and also counts engine-maker Rolls-Royce as one of its customers, is considered one of Italy's industrial jewels and one of the most technologically advanced firms in its field.
He added that the French and Ger-r mans wouldn't allow one of their industrial jewels to be taken lover by foreign competition, before sitting down to cheers from the Tory benches.
Firstly, because Airbus is a crucial part of not just the regional but also the national economy - it is one of the country's industrial jewels.
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