Published on March 18th, 2016 | By: April Gocha0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on March 18th, 2016 | By: April Gocha
Applications for postdoctoral fellowships are invited for conducting fundamental and applied research at the Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEV) in São Carlos, Brazil. The period of the fellowship is two years, starting in August 2016, renewable for two additional years upon mutual consent.
3M is strengthening its scientific capabilities even more with the opening of its new, state-of-the-art R&D lab at its headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. The nearly 470,000 square foot facility is a $150 million investment that will enhance collaboration and technology sharing even further throughout the company.
This year we’ve seen unprecedented consolidation in the technology market. The story that perhaps best defined 2015 was Dell acquiring EMC for a whopping $67 billion, making it one of the biggest buys in the history of corporate trading. Semiconductor companies have also been on a spending spree lately, racking up more than $100 billion in mergers and acquisitions for this year alone.
The U.S. DOE announced that 33 small businesses have been selected to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be afforded access to world-class laboratory resources to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace.
A recent decision by federal regulators allowing a special pink ceramic to be used in medical devices sold in the U.S. means the Grand Junction manufacturer making the colorful compound will soon invest millions of dollars to ramp up production at its Riverside Parkway plant, company officials announced.
Weeds grow out of the elegant Georgian windows of Josiah Spode’s former home in Stoke-on-Trent and the frontage is criss-crossed with ugly gas pipes. But part of the factory is due to reopen this month as workshops for creative businesses. An ambitious plan to rehabilitate the site is boosting hopes that a recent recovery in Staffordshire’s ceramics industry could become a wider revival for the English city and its centuries-old skills base.
AGC Asahi Glass (AGC) will invest approximately EUR 147 million in its consolidated subsidiary, AGC Glass Brazil, to build a second float glass production plant in the southeast region of Brazil. The new plant is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018, which will increase AGC’s glass production capacity in the country to 2.4 times the current level.
Toyota Motor Corp. is responding to the main criticism of fuel cell cars with plans to help make the hydrogen using wind power. In a new project, hydrogen from the wind-power plant Hama Wing in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, Japan, will be compressed and transported by truck to power fuel-cell forklifts at four sites in the area—a factory, a vegetable-and-fruit market and two warehouses.
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will play a key role in the Lightweight Materials National Lab Consortium, or LightMAT. The recently announced consortium consists of nine DOE national laboratories and will focus on developing and deploying lightweight materials for industry more quickly and at a fraction of current costs to strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.
Hydropower costs could be reduced, buildings could use less energy and adhesives could be made from plants under three new projects announced by the Department of Energy. DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is being awarded a total of $625,000 to advance these technologies. The three projects are part of the first round of funding for DOE’s new Small Business Vouchers Pilot.
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