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Published on May 11th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on May 11th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


US Silica completes acquisition of EP Minerals

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. announced that it has completed the $750 million acquisition of EP Minerals, a global producer of engineered materials derived from industrial minerals including diatomaceous earth, clay, and perlite.


HarbisonWalker International promotes legal, human resources executives

HarbisonWalker International has announced that Brad Cramer has been promoted to vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief compliance officer. Judy Weisseg has been promoted vice president, human resources.


African ramp-up and Australian advances for rare earth supply

Rainbow Rare Earths produced 75t of rare earth concentrates in December 2017 from its Gakara project in Burundi and ramped up production to 279t during Q1 2018. The concentrate averaged 62% total rare earth oxides over the first quarter.


Chinese Ministry increases rare earth mining quota by 40%

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released the first batch of rare earth mining quotas on April 25, which reported a 40% increase in the rare earths mining quota between H1–2017 and H1–2018.


SageGlass integrates with Amazon Alexa

SageGlass is integrating its dynamic glazing with Amazon Alexa, giving users the ability to control the tint of their glass though voice command. Alexa can be installed in buildings that already have SageGlass, depending on cloud connection capability.


Silica safety enforcement ramps up at construction sites

Six months into federal safety regulators enforcing a rule that protects construction workers from breathable silica, compliance is a work in progress. But the construction industry continues to look at practical ways to meet the standards and educate workers.


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.


NIST seeks public input to help increase return on investment from federal research

NIST has published a Request for Information to gather feedback on the current state of federal technology transfer and the public’s ability to engage with federal laboratories and to access federally funded R&D and facilities through collaborations, licensing and other mechanisms.


Study says global semiconductor sales up 20% from 2017

The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that global semiconductor sales reached $111.1 billion the first quarter of 2018, up 20% compared to the first quarter of 2017, though 2.5% less than the fourth quarter of 2017.


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