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Published on April 27th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on April 27th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Allied Minerals customer completes plant trial of Dragonite halloysite clay

Applied Minerals Inc., a global producer of Dragonite halloysite clay and Amiron advanced natural iron oxides, announced a leading producer of specialty molecular sieves has completed a successful plant trial of Dragonite halloysite clay.


‘Urban mining’ in South Korea pulls rare battery materials from recycled tech

Workers at a rural South Korean factory are busy extracting some of the world’s most coveted metals, used in the batteries that power electric cars. But they’re not digging in the ground or refining ore. Instead, they are sorting through a pile of old lithium-ion batteries.


Morgan Advanced Materials to exit composites and defense systems business

Morgan Advanced Materials said it had decided to exit its underperforming composites and defence systems business amid a broader rise in first-quarter sales. An exit would take the form of a divestment of certain products lines, together with a closer of the remaining business lines.


Schott is lighting the way for new US manufacturing jobs

Building 51 in Schott’s Lighting and Imaging plant in Southbridge, Mass., has had the same name for decades. That doesn’t mean the building has stayed the same—the company is celebrating a recent $750,000 renovation and additional $2 million investment.


DOE announces $105M in new funding to advance solar technologies

The DOE announced up to $105.5 million to support America’s continued leadership in energy innovation through solar technology. DOE will fund about 70 projects to advance both solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar thermal power technologies.


DOE announces $39M for innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

The DOE announced up to $39 million in available funding to support early stage R&D of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The work supported will address key early-stage technical challenges for production, delivery, and storage related to hydrogen infrastructure.


Nikola Labs launches predictive maintenance sensors

Wireless power pioneer Nikola Labs announced the launch of PfM predictive maintenance sensor system, the first and only maintenance-free solution with sensors that capture vibration and temperature to optimize maintenance programs for industrial and manufacturing facilities.


Engaging the next generation of manufacturers

At a recent conference, the chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers spoke on the continuing challenge of finding and retaining a skilled labor force and outlined initiatives companies and associations are implementing to address the situation.


HRL Laboratories wins 2018 Silver Edison Award in 3-D printing category

HRL Laboratories LLC has won the silver medal in the Applied Technology/3-D Printing category of the 2018 Edison Awards for their work in microstructure control of 3-D printed materials, which has allowed breakthroughs in metal and ceramic 3-D printing technology.


Materion recognized for supplier excellence by Texas Instruments

Materion Corporation is being honored for supplier excellence by Texas Instruments Incorporated. This annual award is given only to a very select group of suppliers whose dedication and commitment in supplying products and services meet TI’s stringent standards.


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.


Ross opens online store

Charles Ross & Son Company, a leading manufacturer of specialty mixing, blending, drying, and dispersion equipment, is proud to announce the opening of its online store. Visitors to the company’s flagship website will see the new “Buy Online” tool in the banner.


Graphite: Syrah Resources inaugurates world’s largest graphite project

Syrah Resources officially inaugurated a project in Balama in April 2018 in the presence of several local and national government officials. The Balama project has the potential to be the largest graphite operation in the world, increasing to a possible 350ktpy of capacity.


Saint-Gobain’s boron nitride products on display at Ceramics Expo 2018

Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials, a leading provider of advanced material solutions, announced today that its range of boron nitride products will be presented at Booth 329 at Ceramics Expo 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio, May 1–3.


Blending of dissimilar powders to achieve homogenous mixtures using high shear mixers

Many mix requirements start with the need to blend powders of dissimilar properties into a homogeneous mix. It’s not uncommon for customers to discover that equipment either does not produce the level of homogeneity specified or the process takes too long.


Sponge city project in China turns trash into cash

A huge amount of ceramic waste in east China’s Jiangxi Province has been transformed into a huge pile of cash as part of the ongoing sponge city project. A sponge city is one in which urban precipitation is absorbed into the groundwater rather than running off into watercourses.


Quantum technology has potential to become a major innovation driver in 21st century

Europe will play a key role in the development of quantum technologies. According to a survey conducted at the Zeiss Symposium, nearly half of the 300 science and industry participants anticipate that Europe will be the world’s leading region for quantum technology in 2030.


Construction productivity can be achieved through technology

The glass and glazing industry is busy with work in this strong economy, but labor productivity gains in the construction industry are more uncertain. Experts argue that there have been labor productivity increases within the industry and technology has contributed to that growth.


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