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Published on November 10th, 2017 | By: April Gocha, PhD

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on November 10th, 2017 | By: April Gocha, PhD

 

Saint-Gobain acquires Scotframe in UK off-site manufacturing

Saint-Gobain has completed acquisition of Scotframe Limited in the U.K. This acquisition accelerates involvement in the off-site manufacturing and closed panel construction market. Scotframe reported sales of £30 million in the last fiscal year and has more than 160 employees.

 

Indian Refractory Makers Association to set up Centre of Excellence at IIT-BHU

Indian Refractory Makers Association has decided to set up a Centre of Excellence in Refractories at the Ceramics Department of the IIT-BHU at Varanasi. It is the first time such an initiative is being taken in the refractory industry and is aimed at technological advances for making it globally competitive.


Pilkington Italia restarts float line

Pilkington Italia restarted its float line at its Porto Marghera plant. After technological upgrades, the new line will produce roughly 600 tons of float glass daily, including Pilkington Optiwhite and Pilkington Optilam, its range of laminated safety glass.

 

Protecting US manufacturing exports = protecting US manufacturing jobs

Manufacturing exports make up $1.45 trillion or 7.8% of U.S. GDP. Today more than 20% of all U.S. manufacturing jobs depend on exports. The United States is currently renegotiating trade agreements with a number of its trading partners, potentially threatening billions of dollars of U.S. exports and millions of jobs across the country. 

 

Float glass plant opens in North Vietnam

A float glass manufacturing plant started operation recently in the northern province of Ninh Binh’s Khanh Cu Industrial Zone. Financed by INDEVCO Joint Stock Company, the plant provides 80 million meters of glass annually to meeting the increasing demand of domestic and international markets.

 

OSHA issues interim silica rule guidance memorandum

OSHA has now issued additional interim enforcement guidance for regional OSHA administrators. The memorandum provides inspection and citation guidance for OSHA officers and includes flow charts to assist compliance.

 

Ferro acquisition of Endeka completed

Ferro Corporation, a leading global provider of functional coatings and color solutions, announced the closing of the previously communicated acquisition of Endeka Group, a global producer of high-value coatings and key raw materials for the ceramic tile market.

 

Metal investors left behind even as prices soar

Metals prices have surged over the last year as China’s economy rebounds and Donald Trump’s election lifts prospects in the U.S. But investors hoping to get in on those gains face a challenge: funds that target those commodities have struggled.

 

The bad news is there’s a great recession coming—the good news is not until 2030

The next few years should be strong for the glass and fenestration industries, but companies better use that time to prepare for the possibility of a huge economic shock in 2030, according to a research and consulting firm.

 

Kyocera enhances LCD performance with new optical bonding technology

Kyocera International Inc. has expanded its U.S. production capabilities to provide full-service integration of LCD displays, touch-panels, and protective glass using its new optical bonding technology. Optical bonding reduces reflection by 70% while improving color saturation, clarity, and improving screens’ ruggedness.

 

Pakistan manufacturers call for continuation of regulatory duty on imports of ceramic tiles

Appreciating the measure taken by the government to increase regulatory duty on the import of ceramic tiles, local Pakistan tiles manufacturers have called for the continuation of duty for the better interest of local industry as well as the economy.

 

ACMA advocates for greater use of composites in transportation and defense

From Oct. 31–Nov. 1, during the American Composites Manufacturers Association’s inaugural Transportation and Defense Policy Fly-In event, ACMA member companies and staff connected with 75 members of Congress, their staff, and key decision makers from federal agencies.

 

Superior Graphite expands with specialty carbon plant in Kentucky

Superior Graphite recently announced the expansion and groundbreaking ceremony of a new specialty carbon plant adjacent to  one of the company’s existing manufacturing facilities in Hopkinsville, Ky.

 


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