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Published on March 4th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on March 4th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


CoorsTek Medical enters the US hip implant market, plans expansion

Hip replacement implants using ceramic made by CoorsTek Medical won federal approval for domestic use last week, giving the company its first U.S. toehold and prompting moves to expand its manufacturing in Golden, Colo. CoorsTek Medical isn’t disclosing the name of the company making the hip implant receiving FDA approval.


O’Keefe named chair of materials science and engineering department

Matt O’Keefe, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Materials Research Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named chair of the materials science and engineering department at Missouri S&T. O’Keefe takes over from Dick Brow, Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering, who will remain on the faculty in a teaching and research capacity.


Saint-Gobain to export refractories from India, set up new R&D center

Saint-Gobain SA’s new refractories plant in Tamil Nadu, India, will cater to global markets, said a top group official. Saint-Gobain group chairman and CEO Pierre-Andre de Chalendar also said the group’s seventh global research center will innovate and develop products for Indian and other markets.


Ceramaterials hires technical sales specialist Jeff Opitz

CeraMaterials (Port Jervis, N.Y.) is pleased to announce that Jeff Opitz has joined its team as technical sales specialist at its headquarter facility. Jeff has a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in Economics and Communications with 10 years of sales & marketing experience. Jeff honed his sales skills at Metrie, Doskocil Manufacturing, and Clarion Safety Systems.


LKQ Corporation announces agreement to acquire Pittsburgh Glass Works

LKQ Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC from private equity firm Kohlberg & Company LLC and PPG Industries Inc. for an enterprise value of $635 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2016 and is subject to customary closing conditions and necessary regulatory approvals.


Flat and hollow glass processing trade show to be held in early October

The 20th Vitrum, an international biennial trade show of machinery, equipment, and special products for flat and hollow glass processing, will be held in Milan, Oct. 3–6, 2017. The event will take place at the Fiera Milano exhibition complex in Rho.


Ceramics challenge sand in fracking Utica shale wells

Gas companies exploring potentially high-producing wells in the deep Utica shale while prices remain at multiyear lows face a $2 million question: sand or ceramic? The increased heat and pressure of the Utica shale are sometimes too much for sand to handle, prompting some companies to use a more expensive ceramic proppant.


Asahi to release cover glass with fingerprint recognition sensor

Asahi Glass Co. (AGC) released a new cover glass for an in-glass fingerprint recognition sensor installed on a smartphone to improve security. The specially treated cover glass features high strength, high degree of flatness, and stable fingerprint recognition operation.


Osram Sylvania launches first-to-market 10-year LED portfolio

Sylvania’s 10-year LED lighting family includes high-quality lighting solutions that last up to 10 years for all around your home, inside and out, at cost-effective price points like under $3 for a 60W replacement A19 LED light bulb and under $7.99 MSRP for a BR30 LED light bulb. Compared to similar LED products, this is a savings of ~50–70%.


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