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Published on December 8th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on December 8th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Kyocera breaks ground on new structural ceramic manufacturing plant in Japan

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 acquires Wattex, Flemish roof reinforcement specialist

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.


China’s ceramics capital struggles to adapt amid war on smog

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, Rolls-Royce, Siemens working on hybrid plane

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.


Energy Department announces $25M for combined heat and power technologies

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.


Bangkok Glass aims for top spot as new plant for float panels kicks off

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.


Why General Electric is struggling: American conglomerate has new boss, new strategy

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?


Bill protects US jobs from foreign investment

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.


Latest cost study stacks brick homes against competitors

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 capacity expansion in India

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.”


New aerospace materials require new cutting tools

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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