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Published on January 19th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on January 19th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Allied Mineral Products to own and supply select Graftech refractory products

Allied Mineral Products Inc., a global refractory manufacturer, has purchased the intellectual property rights to a collection of refractory cements and pastes previously owned by Graftech Advanced Graphite Materials.


Porimy launches 3-D ceramic printer and certified ceramic dental fixtures in China

China’s Porimy 3D Printing Technology Co. Ltd., a start-up offshoot of the Kunshan Industrial Technology Research Institute, launched an industrial-grade high-performance ceramic 3-D printer. The company also released a ceramic slurry material to work with the 3-D printer.


Chemetall becomes BASF’s new global brand for innovative surface treatment technologies

It is just over one year since BASF’s Coatings division acquired Chemetall, a leading global surface treatment supplier. Chemetall will operate as a brand of the Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF’s Coatings division.


DOE selects 7 projects to advance high performance computing in manufacturing

The DOE announced $1.87 million for seven projects to advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing through high performance computing. Part of HPC4Mfg program, the seven new public private partnerships will enable greater collaboration with the manufacturing industry.


Alternative to silicon offers cheaper solar power

Researchers believe that in coming years, solar power could become even more efficient and cheaper than it is now. While most solar cells today are made from silicon, a key area to watch is the development of new materials for solar cells.


American Concrete Institute releases 2018 collection of codes, specifications, and practices

Formerly known as the Manual of Concrete Practice, the ACI Collection is the most comprehensive single source of information on concrete design, construction, and materials, with nearly 50 codes and specifications and more than 200 practices.


Frac plugs made from dissolvable magnesium lead industry in cost and reliability

Terves Inc. announced that its family of patented, dissolvable (or disintegrating) magnesium materials, TervAlloy, has now been established as the cost and reliability leader for making dissolvable frac plugs.


Could weak post-Brexit trade remedies cost thousands of manufacturing jobs?

Stoke-on-Trent’s pottery firms are becoming increasingly concerned with how post-Brexit trade arrangements could affect U.K. manufacturers. The British Ceramic Confederation says the current customs bill does not guard against Chinese dumping.


Construction and employment numbers remain positive in glassy sectors

Construction spending and employment reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics provided good news for the glass and glazing industry. While overall nonresidential spending barely edged up, building sectors that use large amounts of glass performed well.


NIST laboratory management web application goes nationwide

Now other NanoFabs and laboratories across the nation can reap the same benefits of a customized laboratory management web application. The NanoFab Equipment Management & Operations web application was released as open source and free software on January 8.


Viracon to close Utah glass facility in March

Viracon Inc. plans to cease operations at its St. George, Utah, glass fabrication facility in March. The plant is the smallest of the company’s three U.S. manufacturing locations. The closure follows several years of productivity improvement and investments at other locations.


Turkey to launch ecolabel for textile, paper, ceramics

Turkey will launch its ecolabel certification allowing consumers to identify environment-friendly products. At the first level of implementation, three products in Turkey—textile, ceramics and paper industry—will get environmental labeling.


AGC Glass North America to expand operations in Tennessee

AGC Glass North America will expand its operations in Church Hill, Tenn. The glass manufacturer will invest $40.6 million and add more than 100,000 additional square-feet of manufacturing space to its existing glass manufacturing facility.


Tesla’s New York gigafactory kicks off solar roof production

Tesla has kicked off production of its long-awaited electricity-producing shingles that Elon Musk says will transform the rooftop solar industry. Manufacturing of the photovoltaic glass tiles began last month at a factory in Buffalo.


After years of avoidance, DOE joins quest to develop quantum computers

The DOE is joining the quest to develop quantum computers. A new $40 million DOE effort is intended to spur development of useful quantum computing algorithms for its work in chemistry, materials science, nuclear physics, and particle physics.


Chinese glass machinery manufacturer Xinglass to open US distribution branch

Xinglass, a Chinese glass machinery manufacturer of glass tempering furnaces, has announced plans to sell into the U.S. directly. The company plans to open its branch before October 2018 in the Northeast, although the exact location is undetermined.


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