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


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

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


Lucideon working on ‘world-leading’ ceramics center

Materials technology company Lucideon says its plans for a “world-leading” ceramics center in Stoke-on-Trent will “herald a new era” for the region. Lucideon is working on a new Ceramic Park that it hopes will provide the company with “double-digit” growth of its business.


Saint-Gobain acquires high-performance composites company HyComp

Saint-Gobain has acquired HyComp, an Ohio-based leading supplier of composite components made with proprietary carbon fibers and thermoplastic materials used in high-temperature and long-life applications in the aerospace industry.


Lucideon expands 2018 refractories training program to the glass industry

Lucideon is expanding its training schedule to include a two-day refractories module for the glass industry. The two-day course “Refractories for the Glass Industry” at Lucideon headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent covers glass furnaces and regenerators.


Public-private partnerships yield big results in semiconductor research

Research in fundamental physics, chemistry, and even biology has the potential to unlock discoveries that could improve future generations of semiconductors. But without robust funding for these fundamental science investigations, we’ll never know what we don’t know.


KCC completes expansion of auto glass production line

South Korea’s building and industrial materials manufacturer KCC Corp. has completed construction to scale-up automotive glass production capacity at its plant in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province, to 220,000 tons per annum.


RAK Ceramics CEO Abdallah Massaad is the most resilient name in ceramics

Abdallah Massaad has had to ride two waves of global economic turmoil while leading a giant among giants in the ceramics industry and keep it afloat. After all, ceramics is a different world today than when RAK Ceramics began operations in 1989, he says.


Amedica announces FDA clearance of silicon nitride composite spinal fusion implant

Amedica Corporation announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance of the Valeo C+CsC with Lumen Interbody Fusion Device. The device is a composite spinal fusion implant that combines different densities of medical grade silicon nitride ceramic.


NASA awards $96M to US small businesses for tech research, development

NASA has selected 128 proposals from American small businesses to advance research and technology in Phase II of its 2017 Small Business Innovation Research program. Selections support NASA’s future space exploration missions, while also benefiting the U.S. economy.


Lawrence Livermore’s laser facility aims for pinpoint accuracy in parts

Scientists and engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently turned to Protolabs’ digital manufacturing services to rapidly produce highly precise parts and components for the National Ignition Facility.


ABET information and evaluator retraining session on April 3

Do you want to learn more about the ABET accreditation process? Are you preparing for an upcoming accreditation visit, or do you have questions about how to prepare? Consider attending this ABET information and evaluator retraining session on April 3 at the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit in Phoenix, Ariz.


Explore opportunities with composites and advanced materials at AeroDef 2018

AeroDef is the destination for composites and advanced materials experts, solutions, and education in aerospace and defense manufacturing. The conference and expo is held March 26–29 in Long Beach, Calif. Register now for free.


Ohio specialty glass company seeks buyer

Michael Pfaender, president of Sem-Com Co. Inc., a Toledo, Ohio-based specialty glass company, has announced that after more than thirty years in business, the company will cease operations at the end of April. Efforts are currently ongoing to find a new owner. Interested parties may contact Pfaender at Sem-com@sem-com.com or 419-537-8813.


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