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Published on April 1st, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on April 1st, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD

 

This aerospace company wants to bring supersonic civilian travel back

A Denver startup called Boom Technology plans to bring supersonic passenger travel back, and to bring it to the masses…ish. While the finished product is years away, on March 23, Boom will unveil its design for a 40-seat plane that can fly 1,451 mph (Mach 2.2). At that speed, a New York-to-London flight would take about 3 hours and 24 minutes.

 

US Army and HotEnd Works explore 3-D printed ceramics for soldier body armor

The U.S. Army has been looking into adopting ceramic 3-D printing for the redevelopment of body armor for its ground forces, which could enable more efficient design and more effective and speedy production. That’s why they have been collaborating with HotEnd Works on a research project, to see exactly what 3D printing can bring to a soldier’s protective gear.

 

Short course and workshop on graphene/ceramic composites

The International Workshop on Graphene/Ceramic Composites (WGCC) will be held September 28–30, 2016, in Cuenca (Spain). The workshop will cover a variety of topics, including graphene fillers production for composites, bulk graphene/ceramic materials, hybrid graphene/ceramic coatings, porous graphene/ceramics, processing and sintering, properties, and applications. Abstracts are due May 3, and up to 20 grants for students will be awarded.

 

Boeing job cuts this year could reach 10%

Since Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner announced a drive to cut the workforce six weeks ago, his team has taken steps expected to eliminate 4,000 jobs by June—and that may be only halfway towards the total cuts this year. An internal Boeing document obtained by the Seattle Times reveals that at least one company unit is targeting a 10 percent workforce reduction overall.

 

The Freedonia Group: Analyst Kyle Peters to moderate at Ceramics Expo

Kyle Peters, an industry analyst with The Freedonia Group, will be the moderator for the 11:45–12:45, Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Track 1, Ceramic & Glass Application session at the Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio. His accompanying presentation, along with those of Josh Pelletier of Kerneos and Khushwant Saini of Vesuvius, will address new generation refractories.

 

Trolier-McKinstry named Flaschen Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Susan Trolier-McKinstry, professor of ceramic science and engineering, and electrical engineering, has been named the Steward S. Flaschen Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State. An endowed professorship is among the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member.

 

Increase in demand will drive refractory products until 2019

According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global refractory products market is expected to reach close to 48.79 MMT in terms of production by 2019. The report provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all leading regions.

 

AGC Europe to refurbish Cuneo float glass plant

AGC Glass Europe has announced plans to carry out the cold repair of its Cuneo float glass line in Cuneo (Piedmont, Italy). This investment of around 25 million euros is prompted not only by the positive impact that it will have on the productivity of the plant and the expected environmental benefits, but also by the prospect of extending its current range of products.

 

UN report: Renewable energy spending set record in 2015

Global spending on renewable energy generation set a new record last year, according to a newly released report from the U.N.’s environmental agency. The report said that clean energy projects—including solar, wind and other renewable sources aside from large hydroelectric systems—accounted for $286 billion in spending in 2015.

 

APV Engineered Coatings promotes John Russell to vice president

APV Engineered Coatings, a custom formulator and manufacturer of industrial coatings and advanced chemical products, has promoted John Russell to the position of Vice President and Technical Director. In his new position, Russell will be responsible for managing staff chemists, quality control, and formulation and production troubleshooting.

 


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