Published on April 6th, 2018 | By: April Gocha0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on April 6th, 2018 | By: April Gocha
Canada Rare Earth Corp. signed an agreement with an unnamed third party company to support their planned purchase of 60% ownership in a rare earths refinery, located in South East Asia.
HarbisonWalker International recently received certification of its plants to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard. The new ISO 9001:2015 standard is the result of three years of revision work by experts to bring the ISO standard up to date with modern needs.
Amedica Corporation announced the issuance of a key material and process patent. The U.S. patent covers various methods for improving the antibacterial, osteoconductive, and osteoinductive characteristics of silicon nitride and other ceramic materials.
SolarWindow Technologies, a developer of transparent power generating coatings for glass windows and flexible veneers, won its first-ever advanced materials manufacturing Cooperative Research and Development Agreement by the U.S. DOE.
The float glass industry in developed economies will grow 20%–45% through 2022, and the U.S. float glass industry in particular will increase at a higher rate than other countries, according to a report by Questale.
By now, most people within the glazing industry have heard the term “labor shortage.” As the number of project opportunities rises for glazing contractors, many are having to turn additional work away due to a lack of labor to fill the job.
The ceramics industry registered a dip in trade and production following the global economic downturn in 2008. But trade in Asia is now picking up, which is putting renewed pressure on kaolin, zircon, bentonite, and other ceramics markets.
Orton’s 2018 “Introduction to Refractories” course will be held June 11–13, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. The objectives are to introduce participants to material fundamentals of all classes of refractories and some of their degradation and failure processes.
Saint-Gobain will modernize and extend its ISOVER plant’s stone wool production line in Ploiesti, Romania, due to come on stream in the second half of 2019. This renovation will considerably increase the plant’s production capacity, taking it up to 30,000 tons a year.
Raymond Eby is vice president of the 3M Automotive Electrification Program. Here, Eby shares his thoughts about how 3M’s technology, diverse industry expertise and collaborative R&D culture are driving growth in this rapidly changing global market.
Up to 50 jobs are under threat at historic tile manufacturer Johnson Tiles in the U.K.—just 12 months after the company axed a quarter of its workforce. A major restructure is taking place at the Tunstall business as part of plans to ‘significantly’ cut costs.
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 Semfirstname.lastname@example.org or 419-537-8813.
Materion Corporation recently introduced a new oilfield coupling that is designed to significantly reduce failures in wells. The coupling is made of ToughMet 3 TS95 alloy, a highly durable non-galling, spinodal bronze made of copper, nickel and tin.
Advanced ceramics from CeramTec have been shaped the wire manufacturing industry since 1958. The robust ceramic materials ensure higher wire quality, minimal wire breakage, and reduced maintenance costs.
Owens Corning announced that Marcio Sandri has been named president, Composites, effective May 25, 2018. Mr. Sandri will report to chairman and CEO Mike Thaman. Arnaud Genis has decided to retire after serving as president, Composites for the last seven years.
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