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Published on March 25th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on March 25th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Fahrenholtz takes over Materials Research Center

William Fahrenholtz, Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named the director of the Materials Research Center at Missouri S&T. His appointment took effect Monday, March 21. Fahrenholtz takes over for Dr. Matt O’Keefe, who became chair of materials science and engineering department at Missouri S&T on March 1.


CoorsTek to build $120M Center for Advanced Materials in Golden

CoorsTek will build a new $120 million research-and-development and manufacturing facility in Golden, the technical ceramics maker announced Monday. The Center for Advanced Materials will consolidate and expand a number of existing functions currently spread out among different facilities in Golden, a company spokesman said.


Wanted: A Harvard for skilled jobs

Nearly 40% of American workers hold a bachelor’s degree. Getting a bachelor’s degree is what going to college means to most Americans and is so ingrained in our culture that students who don’t march along are often admonished, questioned, and considered failures. The decades-long march to college-for-everyone at eighteen has actually closed off rather than opened up options.


Alcoa’s future value-add company to be named “Arconic”

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa unveiled the name, logo, and tagline of its future value-add company: “Arconic. Innovation, Engineered.” The future upstream company will operate under the Alcoa name. The company’s separation into two, independent, publicly-traded companies in the second half of 2016 remains on track.


3M unveils one of its most vivid, responsive multi-touch displays

Visitors attending the 2016 Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas this week will be the first to see how 3M ingenuity helps make digital signage come alive in large-format, multi-touch displays. 3M is unveiling its new line of projected capacitive multi-touch displays that incorporates the company’s proprietary ultrafine metal mesh touch system conductor design.


New electromagnetic technology directly images hydraulic fracturing

GroundMetrics Inc., a world-leading electromagnetic survey company and oil and gas technology pioneer, partnered with Carbo Ceramics, ConocoPhillips, Sandia National Laboratories, and Weatherford to run a successful test in a West Texas oil well that was able to directly observe where proppant propagated through the subsurface during a hydraulic frac.


Big growth forecast for nanosized ceramic powders market

The global market for advanced ceramic and nanoceramic powders should demonstrate solid, if not impressive, growth from 2016–2021. BCC Research reveals in its new report that the growth rate for the nanoceramic powders segment should more than double that of the advanced ceramic powders segment, significantly growing its share of the total market by 2021.


3 tech trends changing the future of infrastructure investment

The world wants more infrastructure—a lot more. Whichever forecast you read, the numbers are staggering. Thinking about how to fulfill this demand no doubt raises many questions in the minds of the sector’s executives, but perhaps the most fundamental one will be, “Where will the money come from to fund all of this?”


Global ceramics market witnesses surge due to availability of raw materials

MarketResearchReports has added a new worldwide ceramics research report. Various types of ceramics are used in a wide range of construction activities, which is lending an impetus to the sub-segments of this market. The sub-segments of the overall ceramics industry are also being influenced by the high costs of energy and availability of raw materials.


Lucideon running series of free webinars in 2016, including ceramic reflectence

Free webinars include topics including ceramic reflectance standards, additive manufacturing of metallic components, wear testing of orthopedic implants, additive manufacturing in healthcare, and more.


PWN Technologies to build water treatment plant using ceramic membranes

PWN Technologies has been assigned to build the new North Plymouth Water Treatment Works of water utility South West Water in the U.K. The new advanced water treatment facility uses ion exchange, in line coagulation and adsorption, and filtration by ceramic membranes.


Energy Focus amping up its headquarters

Energy Focus Inc., a maker of tubular LED lighting for military and other markets, will turn on the lights next month for a major expansion of the Solon, Ohio, location that serves as its headquarters, research lab, factory and distribution center. The company has agreed to expand with an additional 70,000 square feet.


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