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Published on April 13th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on April 13th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Schott’s opto-ceramic converters receive innovation award

Opto-ceramic converters from Schott are accelerating the adoption of laser phosphor-based digital projectors by enabling high luminance light sources. The technology group now honored the material and the respective development team with the Schott Innovation Award 2018.


Owens Corning, Taiwan Glass announce technology license and manufacturing agreements

Owens Corning has entered into technology licensing and manufacturing supply agreements with Taiwan Glass Ind. Corp., based in Taipei, Taiwan. The agreements will leverage Owens Corning’s Advantex glass fiber reinforcements and the manufacturing platform of Taiwan Glass.


Corning named 2018 Energy Star partner of the year

Corning Incorporated announced it has been named a 2018 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recipient by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for continued commitment to energy efficiency.


First XJet additive manufacturing system in US is up and running in Ohio

XJet Ltd. announced that installation of an XJet Carmel 1400 AM System has been completed at Youngstown Business Incubator in Ohio. The system is the first in the US and will deliver previously unheralded levels of detail and accuracy.


Smart manufacturing through a lean transformation process

As a small and medium-sized manufacturer, can you reasonably begin to adopt smart technologies through a lean transformation approach as part of your continuous improvement journey?


Nickel, cobalt: Turkey’s Zorlu Holding signs agreement to produce battery-grade material

Zorlu Holdings and GSR Capital signed a preliminary agreement under which GSR Capital will invest $4.5 billion to set up a 50-50 joint venture to build a plant that could produce up to 25 MW of batteries for use in automotive and in energy storage applications.


Glass is made from sand, so can it be used in place of sand?

As municipalities wrestle with marketplace changes that are making it almost impossible to recycle glass, the second “R” in the environmental slogan reduce-reuse-recycle is becoming more attractive, especially for glass.


Chinese investors keen on joint venture in Pakistan ceramics industry

A Chinese delegation has expressed keen interest to have joint ventures in ceramics sector of Pakistan. He agreed to relocate ceramic industries from Zibo into Pakistan for sharing the global demand of ceramics products by exploiting inherent advantages of Pakistan and China.


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.


Glass-related construction still increasing early in 2018

Construction spending increased in most building sectors relevant to the glass and glazing industry, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The value of construction put in place in nonresidential construction edged up 1.3% from February 2017.


Energy Department invites US companies to submit joint US–Israel energy proposals

The U.S. Department of Energy, in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority, announced a new funding opportunity for 2018 through a program for joint U.S.–Israel industrial R&D in renewable and energy efficiency technologies.


Groundbreaking for the Zeiss Innovation Hub at Karslruhe Institute of Technology

Zeiss recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to launch construction of a new site in Germany for the Zeiss Innovation Hub @ KIT—a shared innovation building for KIT and its carve-out Nanoscribe.


Vision-guided robotics to become disruptive force in manufacturing

As the plant floor has become more digitally connected, the relationship between robots and machine vision has merged into a single, seamless platform, setting the stage for a new generation of more responsive vision-driven robotic systems.


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