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Published on February 19th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on February 19th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


DuPont deal and international sales push Blasch Precision to strongest year

A new distribution agreement with chemical giant DuPont is just one of the factors behind Dave Bobrek’s projection that Blasch Precision Ceramics will finish this year with record sales. Bobrek is the chairman and CEO of the Menands, New York ceramic parts maker whose products are used by refineries and manufacturers of jet engines, gas-fired turbines, semiconductors and paper.


NREL patents method for continuous monitoring of materials during manufacturing

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was recently issued a patent for a novel method that rapidly characterizes specialized materials during the manufacturing process. This approach significantly improves on standard quality control techniques by allowing for complete monitoring of materials without interrupting workflow.


Video offers a rare glimpse inside Tesla’s Model S and Model X factory

For the first time in five years, Tesla allowed television cameras into its gargantuan Fremont, Calif., factory, where the Model S and Model X are manufactured. Speaking to the degree of secrecy that Tesla demands, even casual visitors to the facility are not allowed to tour the space if they have any cameras or recording devices in their possession.


PPG works on repairs at California glass facility

PPG Industries has launched a $20 million repair project on its Fresno, Calif., flat glass facility. The company says it’s re-bricking its oxygen-fired glass furnace there after 15 years of continuous operation. “The purpose of the scheduled outage is to restore the furnace’s original glass quality and environmental performance,” says PPG’s director of production.


New interactive website explores world of float glass manufacturing

To keep pace with the industry it serves, Glass Magazine launched a new interactive website, WorldofGlassMap.com, that allows users to search for companies or individual plant locations, sort float plants by company and location, and access website and contact information for float manufacturers.


Osram Americas unveils new headquarters in Massachusetts

Olaf Berlien, CEO of Osram Licht AG, and Grant Wright, CEO and CFO of Osram Americas, unveiled the new OSRAM Americas headquarters at a ribbon cutting ceremony recently in Wilmington, Mass. Osram Licht AG of Munich, Germany, is one of the two leading light manufacturers in the world.


East Africa: China glass factory sets eyes to regional market

A massive float glass manufacturing company is under full-swing construction in Mkuranga, Coast Region with the aim to meet the increasing demand for glass products in Tanzania and other East African nations. The Glass Industry Group of Africa is expected to churn out 600 tons of float glass a day, for which it will rank as the largest glass producer in the East Africa Community.


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