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Published on November 11th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on November 11th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceradyne wins contracts for two US Army soldier protection programs

The U.S. Army has selected Ceradyne Inc., a 3M company, as the awardee for two low-rate initial production contracts for next-generation helmet systems and hard body armor inserts as part of the Integrated Head Protection System and Vital Torso Protection – Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts components of the Soldier Protection System.


AGC to pull out of the business for glass substrates used in hard disk drives

AGC Asahi Glass announced that it stopped production of glass substrates for hard disk drives at AGC Glass Substrate Co. Ltd. in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China at the end of September 2016. AGC has decided to pull out of the business for glass substrates used in hard disk drives because of weakened demand due to slower sales of notebook PCs and the rise of flash storage devices.


Harper teams with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on carbon fiber project

Harper has been awarded funding for a project through the DOE HPC4Mfg program to spur the use of high performance supercomputers to advance U.S. manufacturing via public-private partnerships. The Harper International/ORNL project will focus on analysis of critical processing factors, such as temperature, gas flow and chemical reaction, in carbon fiber production equipment.


Kyocera Group consolidates optical components business

Kyocera Corporation announced that it has consolidated its optical components businesses, effective November 1, 2016, by combining two wholly owned subsidiaries: Kyocera Optec Co., Ltd. and recently acquired Melles Griot KK.


Alcoa Corp launches as independent company for bauxite, alumina, aluminum products

Alcoa Corporation announced that it has completed the separation from its parent company Alcoa Inc. and has begun operating as an independent, publicly-traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Alcoa Corporation is a globally cost-competitive industry leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products.


$30M joint effort to improve solar module materials

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab will work with four other DOE national labs in a new effort designed to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative, high-performance materials for photovoltaic modules to lower the cost of electricity generated by solar power while increasing field lifetime.


Made in the UAE: RAK Ceramics’ tile innovation has paved way for exports growth

It is now 25 years since the first tiles began to roll off the production line at RAK Ceramics and its evolution during that period has been quite remarkable. From fairly humble beginnings, the company has become a heavyweight of its industry, generating revenue of almost Dh3.08 billion last year and net income of Dh310 million.


Henrik Fisker unveils his Tesla competitor

Henrik Fisker, who recently relaunched his namesake car company, today unveiled what he hopes will be a competitor to Tesla. Called EMotion, it’s an electric sports car that will achieve a 161 mph top speed and a 400-mile electric range.


GE headquarters complex takes a big step forward

General Electric Co. moved ever-so closer to beginning construction of its $200 million headquarters complex in the Fort Point section of Boston after clearing a major city agency. The three-building complex includes a striking new 12-story glass building, topped off by a giant, sail-like solar “veil” and an illuminated GE logo.


NSF awards $5.9 million to broaden participation in academic workforce

NSF has announced $5.9 million in funding for three new alliances consisting of 14 partner universities as part of NSF’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate program. Each award is for five years and will support models that can transform pathways for historically underrepresented minorities to careers as professors in STEM.


Forum puts spotlight on latest glass industry trends

Over 100 officials from across the world discussed the latest glass processing techniques and international standards on glass specifications, fire glazing, and regulations in the United Arab Emirates at a key forum—the annual Glass and Glazing Federation Mena Technical Forum—held in Dubai.


Corning reaches out to auto glass repair and replacement industry at Auto Glass Week

If a stone strikes your car windshield and ruins it, you’ll probably head for your nearest glass technician and have it replaced. But what if, instead of replacing it with a conventional soda-lime laminate, you could get a new windshield twice as tough as the one you had before? Corning introduced that option to the auto glass repair and replacement industry in early October at the 2016 Auto Glass Week show in San Antonio, Texas.


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