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Published on November 3rd, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on November 3rd, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Owens Corning to acquire mineral wool manufacturer Paroc Group

Owens Corning announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Paroc Group, a producer of mineral wool insulation in Europe, for an enterprise value of approximately €900 million. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, is anticipated to close in early 2018.


Corning’s optical innovations garner awards globally

Corning Incorporated announced today that its innovative optical communications products and solutions recently received six awards in markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific region, and North America.


NREL inks technology agreement for high efficiency multijunction solar cells

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has entered into a license agreement with MicroLink Devices Inc. to commercialize patented inverted metamorphic multijunction solar cells.


Suggestions and guidelines for cleaning porous ceramic

Porous ceramics are used for a variety of applications, including filters and diffusers, and may become clogged over time. There is not one universal procedure for cleaning because it depends on the application and the type, size, and nature of the contaminant to be removed. 


Richard Feeser to retire from Superior Technical Ceramics, John Goodrich takes over

Former Weidmann executive John Goodrich has been named president of Superior Technical Ceramics, effective October 1. He will take up the role as Richard Feeser embraces retirement, having served a distinguished 32-year career with Superior Technical Ceramics.


Factories across China’s industrial heartland struggle with soaring gas costs

Factories in China’s industrial heartland making everything from steel sheet to tofu and ceramics are struggling with soaring costs or facing closure as they wait for authorities to approve new gas-powered boilers, five industry executives told Reuters.


WHTB Glass granted tax breaks to build New York plant

WHTB Glass, a China-based manufacturer and distributor of architectural glass, was approved for tax benefits to build an $18.9 million manufacturing and distribution center in Shirley, N.Y. WHTB is part of the largest fabricator of architectural glass in China.


From the fabricator: Crowd sourcing the silica rule

Do you know that the silica rule is now about to be enforced after a 30-day delay? If you are a glazier, you need to get familiar with it. But, the bigger issue is the murkiness of available information and direction on how this rule affects our world and what we all need to do.


Novellini SpA gets a makeover with Sacmi-Gaiotto glass fiber laying robots

Renewal of the Novellini SpA production facilities in Borgoforte, Italy, continues. Now to complete the process, Sacmi Imola S.C. company Gaiotto Automation have replaced two industrial glass fibre laying robots.


Guardian Glass to set up second plant in Poland

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, currently on a visit to the United States, said that the new facility is to be set up in Częstochowa, southern Poland—close to an existing plant in the city.


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