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Published on February 16th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on February 16th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Input solicited for National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing

The National Science and Technology Council, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing is developing a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing to provide long-term guidance for programs and activities supporting United States manufacturing.


Corning celebrates opening of fiber optic cable manufacturing facility

Corning Incorporated formally opened a new cable manufacturing facility in Newton, North Carolina, in the latest expansion of its Optical Communications business to meet growing worldwide demand for its optical fiber and cable.


Technical ceramics get injection of freedom as XJet AM solution debuts at ceramitec

Additive manufacturing company XJet Ltd. will reveal its vision of a transformed technical ceramics industry at ceramitec 2018. The new technology uses NanoParticle Jetting to create short-run parts with complex geometries, superfine detail, and high density without molds.


US Silica announces price increases on industrial and specialty products

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. said that its Industrial and Specialty Products business has increased prices for the majority of its non-contracted silica sand, cool roof granule, aplite, and specialty products. Price increases will range from 4%–14%, depending on the product and grade.


HC Starck again receives certification for processing conflict-free tantalum raw materials

H.C. Starck has received the certification for processing of “conflict-free” tantalum raw materials the seventh year in a row. The audit included the subsidiary H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH and the associated company H.C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG.


CeramTec delivers fast track to high gain transducers for medical ultrasonic applications

Manufacturers of medical devices can now incorporate high gain transducers into new products faster and more cost-effectively with a new piezoceramic package—consisting of a horned transducer and a remote drive electronics board—developed and supplied by CeramTec.


Columbia engineers win $4.7M DARPA grant to revolutionize augmented reality glasses

Thanks to a $4.7 million, four-year grant from DARPA, an interdisciplinary Columbia Engineering team is working with colleagues to develop a revolutionary lightweight glass that is able to dynamically monitor the wearer’s vision and display vision-corrected contextual images.


National Science Board expects United States to lag in R&D investments by end of year

If current trends continue, the National Science Board expects China to pass the United States in R&D investments by the end of this year.     


Tesla, Australia to turn 50,000 homes into power generators

Some 50,000 homes in South Australia will receive solar panels and Tesla batteries in a landmark plan to turn houses into a giant, interconnected power plant. South Australia is already home to world’s biggest battery.


Turkish glass producer to acquire factory in Italy

Trakya Cam Sanayii A.Ş., a subsidiary of Turkish glass producer Şişecam Group, has bid for involvement in the procurement process for the purchase of the Sangalli Manfredonia facility of Italy-based flat glass producer Sangalli Group.


DOE announces $35M for emerging research projects to address manufacturing challenges

The U.S. DOE announced up to $35 million for 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies in advanced manufacturing. These projects focus on advanced materials, advanced processes, and modeling and analysis tools for materials and manufacturing.


Fueling growth and advancing US manufacturing through tangible results

Last year, the MEP National Network program—with 51 MEP Centers—interacted directly or through their partners with over 26,000 manufacturers. Clients reported that the assistance helped create and retain more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs in 2017 alone.


Kyocera and 7 other companies develop max 480-MW solar power project

Kyocera Corp., Kyudenko Corp., and Mizuho Bank Ltd. have included five other participants in a ongoing project to develop a maximum 480-megawatt solar power project on the island of Ukujima in Japan.


Materion Corporation appoints Neil Sater as vice president of commercial excellence

Materion Corporation announced the appointment of Neil Sater as vice president of commercial excellence, a new position reporting to the CEO. Sater most recently served as enterprise sales director for Super Micro Computer Inc.


Sacmi reports growing number of employees and new investment plans

Sacmi concludes another extremely positive year—one that saw volumes on the Italian market in ceramics alone (the group’s biggest business), grow by over 23%.  Sacmi’s is playing a leading role in its local economy with investment in new skills and manufacturing facilities.


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