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Published on April 20th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on April 20th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Corning to construct high-volume manufacturing facility for Valor glass

Corning Incorporated announced an investment in Corning Valor Glass to build a high-volume manufacturing facility that will create over 300 new jobs in Durham County, N.C. The added capacity is part of Corning’s $500 million investment plan. 


Allied Mineral Products begins production in Russian manufacturing facility

Allied Mineral Products Inc. began manufacturing at their newest international facility in Yelabuga, Russia. The new Russian facility will initially serve the foundry and aluminum markets, while seeking future opportunities in industrial applications.


3DCeram-Sinto signs partnership with DORST Technologies for additive manufacturing

This Franco-German alliance will enable 3DCeram-Sinto to accelerate commercial development in the overseas markets and enable customers of both companies to increase their production capabilities for 3-D ceramic printing parts.


Researchers propose a blockchain data network to boost manufacturing

Researchers at North Carolina State University are proposing the creation of a public, open-source network that uses blockchains to share verifiable manufacturing data. The system could be used as a peer-to-peer network that allows companies to find specific manufacturers.


DOE and NAM announce Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership

The Department of Energy and National Association of Manufacturers announced the Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership, which will partner to help U.S. manufacturers drive energy productivity improvements and accelerate adoption of energy efficient technologies.


Batteries: Saudi Arabia and SoftBank plan world’s largest solar and battery project

Saudi Arabia and Japanese SoftBank have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to build the world’s largest photovoltaic solar project by 2030. The project will comprise a total investment of $200 billion to triple Saudi Arabia’s current energy production.


Graphite: Further progress for natural graphite mining projects

New life is being breathed into the natural graphite industry with several companies releasing announcements of project developments through March. Australian company Battery Minerals has provided updates on its two flake graphite projects in Mozambique.


Euroglas Polska begins construction of second float line

Euroglas Polska recently held a ceremony in Ujazd, Poland, to place a cornerstone for the construction of its second float glass production line. The new line is set to begin production during the first quarter of 2019.


Dalmia Bharat’s refractories unit teams up with European company

The refractories division of the ₹10,000-crore Dalmia Bharat Group has entered into a joint venture with Europe-based Seven Refractories to develop and supply a range of advanced monolithic refractory material.


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 and glazing material prices climb again

Glass and glazing material prices continued to rise in March, according to the latest PPI from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category rose 0.7% from the previous month, and it’s up 2.7% from March 2017.


How the IoT is helping companies cut costs

According to 451 Research, 35% of companies worldwide are currently gathering or have plans in place to accumulate data about their office buildings—all in an effort to mitigate maintenance and operational expenses using the Internet of Things (IoT).


Saint-Gobain increases flat glass production capacity for automotive market

Saint-Gobain has taken a 50% stake in a flat glass production line of the Chinese group JJG, located in Zibo, with a total annual capacity of 160,000 tonnes. This will allow Saint-Gobain to almost double its production of basic glass in China.


CeramTec Perlucor ceramics enable document scans in the highest quality

In cooperation with scanner manufacturer Desko, CeramTec has developed a more robust alternative to conventional scanner glass. The glass plates in Desko scanners are equipped with transparent PERLUCOR ceramics, which resist mechanical and chemical influences.


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