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Published on November 24th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on November 24th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Construction boom, automotive industry to drive Africa’s ceramics inks market

Africa’s urbanization rate is expected to reach 70% by 2025 as the region’s middle-class population inches close to 300 million people, promising to exacerbate the current demand for residential buildings and automobile mobility solutions that are some of the largest consumers of ceramic inks.


AGC Flat Glass Italia officially inaugurates new float line at its Cuneo plant

After a cold repair process of three months and an investment of around 25 million euros, AGC Flat Glass Italia officially inaugurated its new float line in Cuneo, Italy. The upgraded float line will increase the plant’s capacity while reducing energy consumption by 25% and also reducing atmospheric emissions.


Armor Ceramics sets out to build self-sustainable refractory market in Ukraine

A subsidiary of Savex Minerals Enterprise, Armor Ceramics has set out with a goal to build a self-sustainable refractory market inside of Ukraine to eliminate the need for foreign import. The company is currently in a fundraising phase pre-ICO sale of its tokens until November 30.


Guardian Glass Europe installs emissions control system in Luxembourg

Guardian Glass in Europe inaugurated a new state-of-the-art emissions control system at the company’s float glass plant in Dudelange, Luxembourg. The control system has been fully operational for four months now.


Asahi India Glass to start commercial production at Taloja float glass plant

Asahi India Glass is all set to commence production at its Taloja plant. The plant will have the capability to produce high-quality value-added glass for both architectural and automotive glass segments, with an installed capacity to manufacture 550 tonnes of glass per day.


After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, US needs more tradespeople

So much effort has been put into encouraging high school graduates to go to college for academic degrees rather than for training in industrial and other trades that many fields face worker shortages. Now California is spending $6 million on a campaign to revive the reputation of vocational education, and $200 million to improve the delivery of it.


Henkel invests in advanced materials start-up NBD Nanotechnologies

Henkel Adhesive Technologies (Düsseldorf, Germany) has invested in U.S.-based advanced materials start-up NBD Nanotechnologies (Boston, Mass.). NBD Nano is an advanced materials start-up with expertise in adjusting surface properties such as repellency or adhesion.


Deadline extended for Research in Collaboration with Manufacturing USA Institutes

The organizers of the inaugural symposium on Research in Collaboration with Manufacturing USA Institutes have extended the deadline for submitting an abstract to November 30. The symposium will be held June 18–22, 2018, at Texas A&M University.


Boccaccini elected chair of Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Erlangen

Aldo R. Boccaccini has been elected the new chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, for a period of two years. Boccaccini is an ACerS Fellow and member of the Basic Science Division.


Schneider Electric and NGK partner to promote large-capacity energy storage system

Schneider Electric along with NGK Insulators Ltd., a worldwide leader of manufacturing advanced ceramic products, announced that the two companies will explore global opportunities to jointly market NGK’s NAS battery and Schneider Electric’s inverter.


ThermoFisher Scientific webinar: Analyzing ceramic materials with Pathfinder Pinnacle software

Microanalysis with Pinnacle level of Pathfinder allows engineers to visualize the elemental composition of a sample at any location of the surface of the sample. In this December 20 webinar, Pinnacle Pathfiner is used to examine a variety of ceramic samples, with maps revealing element distributions.


PGW’s oldest auto glass plant will shut down in June 2018

Following a month of uncertainty, Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) officially announced it will close its oldest auto glass manufacturing plant in Creighton, Pa. The phased close-out of production at the facility is anticipated to take place in June 2018.


Five steps to being a ‘smarter’ manufacturer

There is no question the digital manufacturing revolution is racing at us. As a small or medium-sized manufacturer, how close are you to already being “smart”? Here are five steps in the journey to becoming a smarter digital enterprise.


Christine Banaszek promoted to sales manager at Charles Ross & Son Company

Charles Ross & Son Company has appointed Christine Banaszek as its new sales manager. Banaszek joined Ross in 2005 as an application engineer in inside sales, and she also worked at the company’s Test & Development Center as part of the technical services group.


Superior Graphite receiving the Century Award from Loyola University

Superior Graphite has been designated to receive the Century Award Loyola University. The awards program recognizes Illinois-based family businesses that have demonstrated a strong commitment to family, community, and innovative business practices and strategies.  


Terves launches first high-temperature dissolvable alloy for operating temps up to 150ºC

Terves Inc. announced the launch of the oil and gas industry’s first high-temperature dissolvable alloy, TervAlloy-HT, which is engineered to offer excellent mechanical properties and reliable dissolution at 300ºF or 150ºC.


Demand for people skills is growing faster than demand for STEM skills

Two recent reports, “The VET Era” and “Growing Opportunities in the Fraser Coast” challenge the rhetoric around the importance of STEM skills in the digital economy, by revealing how demand for skills has changed over time.


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