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Published on December 29th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on December 29th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Brazil asbestos ban impacts US imports

The U.S. chlor-alkali industry is feeling the hit from a Nov. 29 ruling of the Brazil Supreme Federal Court that bans the mining, use, and commercialization of asbestos in Brazil. About 95% of the asbestos used in the U.S. in 2016 was imported from Brazil, with the rest coming from Russia.


Former Guardian flat glass plant in Venezuela under repair

The former Guardian Industries flat glass plant in Venezuela, which was seized by that country’s military in July 2016 when the company tried to turn off the float line for repairs, is undergoing maintenance and won’t re-open until early 2018.


Brexit agreement would allow EU scientists to stay in United Kingdom

The United Kingdom announced today that E.U. citizens living in the country can stay after Brexit happens in 2019—a key demand of the U.K. scientific community. The announcement will come as a relief to the many thousands of E.U. scientists who work in the U.K.


Saint-Gobain reinforces its presence in the waterproofing market

Saint-Gobain has acquired Maris Polymers S.A., a Greek specialist in waterproofing solutions. Maris Polymers, based in Greece, has developed a strong presence in polyurethane coatings for floors and waterproofing for the building industry.


CeramTec develops turnkey ultrasonic gas flow sensor solution capability for manufacturers

With the ultrasonic gas measurement market expanding due to an increase in accuracy requirements and functionality offered by smart meters, CeramTec is now offering fully-assembled ultrasonic sensors, resulting in significantly shorter development times for manufacturers.


AGC starts construction of net zero-energy building

AGC Asahi Glass has started the construction of a net zero-energy building at its Kashima plant. With the use of AGC’s energy saving and energy creating products, the new facility is expected to achieve a total energy reduction of 114.7%. The construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2018.

Ross offers advanced planetary mixer for no-charge testing

Ross Test & Development Center now has an advanced planetary mixer available for no-charge demonstrations. The new 4-gallon Planetary Dual Disperser is designed for vacuum operation and is ideal for mixing thick slurries and highly-filled pastes.


The News-Gazette chats with Trudy Kriven

Meet Waltraud (Trudy) Kriven, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois and CEO of KeaneTech LLC. Chalk her up as an idealist: “I want to create things that make life better for people.” Her start-up is working to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and waste by creating versatile ceramic products at room temperature instead of in high-heat furnaces.


Rick Montani named president and CEO of Sika Corporation
Richard Montani has been named president and CEO of Sika Corporation effective January 1, 2018.  A veteran leader for Sika for over 29 years in the U.S., Rick has played a decisive role in the development of Sika’s construction materials business. 


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