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Published on June 1st, 2018 | By: Faye Oney


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on June 1st, 2018 | By: Faye Oney


PPI: Material prices climb again in April

Most glass and glazing manufacturing materials rose in price in April, according to the latest Producer Price Index from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category rose 0.3% from the previous month, and it’s up 2.9% from April 2017.


Electric vehicles: Australia’s Kidman Resources will supply lithium to Tesla

Australia’s Kidman Resources chose a site to develop a lithium processing plant in Western Australia to produce lithium hydroxide, a key ingredient in Tesla and Panasonic NCA cathode materials.


International Colloquium on Refractories set for September 26–27, 2018

The 61st International Colloquium on Refractories will take place on September 26–27, 2018, in Aachen, Germany. The event draws nearly 600 attendees from around the world and is accompanied by a trade exhibition.


Manufacturers are boosting hiring, wages, and investment

A new survey from the National Association of Manufacturers shows 72% of manufacturers are increasing employee wages or benefits, 77% are hiring more workers, and 86% are investing in new equipment and facilities.


Wider electric vehicle adoption requires global energy solutions

According to the International Energy Agency, nearly 50mn electric vehicles will be in operation by 2025, and 300mn by 2040. While we are certainly on the road to wider adoption, there is still one main drawback that could thwart public interest: charging infrastructure.


Report: Energy efficiency employment keeps climbing

Energy efficiency employed 2.25 million Americans in 2017 who manufactured, designed or installed energy-efficient products certified by the E.P.A.’s Energy Star program or installed according to Energy Star guidelines, according to the U.S. Energy and Employment Report.


European Centre for Refractories to host REACH – CLP – Occupational Safety seminar

The European Centre for Refractories is hosting an occupational safety seminar on the topic, “Challenges for the refractory industry,” June 20, 2018, at its location in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany.


Sem Com equipment to be liquidated in online auction June 19–22, 2018

Wilson Auction & Realty Co. Ltd. will liquidate assets of Sem Com Co. Inc. in an online auction. Items include glass production equipment, furnaces, up draw, v-mixers, rolls, and shop tools. Bidding starts June 19 and ends June 22 at 10:00 a.m.

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