Published on December 8th, 2017 | By: April Gocha0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on December 8th, 2017 | By: April Gocha
Kyocera Corporation recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a manufacturing plant expansion in Kirishima City, Kagoshima, Japan, where it plans to double its production capacity for fine ceramic structural components.
Saint-Gobain has finalized acquisition of 100% of the equity capital of Wattex, a business owned by the founding family Baert and manufacturing non-woven specialty products for the bitumen roof market.
The city of Zibo, China’s ceramics capital, is undergoing environmental shock therapy to clear its filthy skies and transform its economy. Much of Zibo’s sprawling industrial district has become a ghost town after a clean-up campaign that began last year intensified this winter.
Airbus, Siemens and Rolls-Royce are teaming up to develop a hybrid passenger plane that would use a single electric turbofan along with three conventional jet engines running on aviation fuel.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced nearly $25 million for a selected eight organizations to further the installation of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power technologies.
Having started up its first manufacturing facility in Prachinburi province, BG Float Glass Co Ltd, manufacturer and distributor of float glass panels under Bangkok Glass, will invest Bt7.5 billion in another furnace and factory in the next five years.
General Electric is in trouble. Its market valuation, once over $400bn, is now closer to $150bn. Its share price has fallen by about two-fifths this year alone. What went wrong at one of America’s best-known and oldest companies?
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) said that he is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation that would give the Commerce Department the ability to review foreign purchases or investment in U.S. industries to determine if they are in the best economic interest of American workers.
An updated study comparing the installed cost of fired-clay brick to six common home exteriors shows that brick costs about half as much as manufactured stone—and just a third more than fiber cement before considering fiber cement’s lifetime maintenance costs.
RAK Ceramics plans to build a third plant in India to almost double its production capacity there next year, the United Arab Emirates-based company’s chief executive told Reuters. “Our target in India is to have 20 million square meters of capacity by 2018. We are bullish on growing our capacity and increasing our market share in a fast-growing economy.”
In aerospace manufacturing, where high strength, light weight, and corrosion resistance are key material traits, those same qualities make materials hard to machine. In response, Greenleaf offers a new ceramic for cutting tools, Sandvik Coromant’s advice for machining new, complex titaniums is to go slow, and RobbJack has designed a drill specifically for CFRP composites.
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