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Published on January 29th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on January 29th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Saint-Gobain and Corning join to produce lightweight automotive glazing

Saint-Gobain Sekurit and Corning Inc. they have signed an agreement to establish an exclusive joint venture, equally owned by Saint-Gobain and Corning, to develop, manufacture, and sell lightweight automotive glazing solutions. The venture is expected to build manufacturing facilities to meet worldwide automotive market demand.


thyssenkrupp begins operation of world’s first automated sinter test facility

Using different raw materials efficiently and achieving an optimized, eco-friendly composition for steelmaking is now possible at thyssenkrupp in Duisburg, Germany. After several years of research Steel Europe has started operation of the world’s first automated sinter test facility. The aim of the steel producer is to be able to adapt to the problem of varying raw material quality through test sinter production.


Digital modeling to enhance Morgan Advanced Materials’ brazed assemblies

Morgan Advanced Materials now has the capability to carry out digital prototyping at its Technical Ceramics facilities, maximizing design capability and providing more rigorous evaluation during development projects, particularly for brazed assemblies. Morgan has acquired high-specification software that will enable them to perform stress and thermal analyses on existing and prototype designs.


Building Tesla: Inside Elon Musk’s car factory of the future

At one end of Tesla’s 500,000 square meter factory in Fremont, Calif., there is a very large, white box. Inside it is a Schuler SMG hydraulic stamping press, and it happens to be the largest in North America; this one machine can stamp out a new car panel once every six seconds, or 5,000 per day, with up to 10,000 tonnes of force out of an aluminum coil that weighs 9,071 kg when it shows up at the factory.


Lucideon to host energy efficiency in ceramic processing conference

Lucideon is hosting and cosponsoring the free to attend Ceramic Innovation Network conference, ‘Energy Efficiency in Ceramic Processing’, April 13, 2016, with the British Ceramic Confederation. The conference will bring together academics and industrialists from all subsectors of the ceramics industry who are seeking to reduce energy consumption and costs within ceramic manufacturing processes.


Carbo Ceramics suspends dividend on oil price decline

Carbo Ceramics has suspended its dividend payments in an effort to manage the decline in oil field activity. The Houston-based company said the decision had not “been easy” but was necessary in the current climate. Last year, Chesapeake Energy said it would suspend its annual dividend of 35 cents per share as it looked to save around $240 million.


Alcoa to delay curtailment of Intalco smelter

Alcoa announced it will delay the curtailment of its Intalco Works smelter in Ferndale, Washington until the end of the second quarter of 2016. The plant was initially scheduled to curtail by the end of the first quarter. Recent changes in energy and raw material costs have made it more cost effective in the near term to keep the smelter operating to provide molten metal to the plant’s casthouse.


Owens Corning and Shandong Fiberglass enter tech and manufacturing agreement

Owens Corning has entered into technology licensing and manufacturing supply agreements with Shandong Fiberglass Group Co. Ltd. in China. This strategic relationship will leverage Owens Corning’s glass fiber reinforcements and chopped strand technology to produce chopped strand products for the thermoplastics industry using Shandong’s manufacturing platform. The companies will continue to operate as separate commercial entities.


US Silica announces price increases on silica and aplite products

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. is increasing prices for the majority of its non-contracted silica sand and aplite products within its Industrial and Specialty Products business. Price increases will range from 4–6%, depending on grade. Price increases are being made to support the company’s continued investment in upgrading its capacity.


Harper awarded major contract for nuclear material processing equipment
Harper International was recently awarded a contract for a Pusher furnace line with KEPCO Nuclear Fuel. Harper’s relationship started with KNF over nineteen years ago with contracts to supply five new sintering furnace systems. Over the past two years, Harper has developed an advanced heating system for KNF’s current project of producing nuclear fuel for their pressurized heavy water reactors.


DOE announces $58M to advance fuel-efficient vehicle technologies

The U.S. DOE announced more than $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements. Projects supported by this new funding opportunity announced today will develop battery materials, components, and models; advanced electric drive vehicle motors; improve lightweight materials; address grid modernization and showcase plug-in electric vehicles and infrastructure.


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