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Published on May 27th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on May 27th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


3M awarded contract for 177,000 body armor plates

Ceradyne Inc., a 3M company, has been awarded a $92.7 million body-armor contract by Defense Logistics Agency for delivery of 177,000 pieces. The plates are designed to meet stringent performance requirements outlined by the U.S. Department of Defense. Production and deliveries are expected to begin in 2016.


Mirrors blamed for fire at world’s largest solar plant

A small fire shut down a generating tower Thursday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said. Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after fire was reported on an upper level.


China’s top 10 cement and glass firms to control 60% of capacity by 2020

China will put 60% of its cement and glass capacity in the hands of the biggest 10 firms by 2020, the cabinet said on Wednesday. The cabinet said the government will help both sectors reduce a supply glut through mergers and acquisitions.


2nd International Commission on Glass Winter School is a notable success

34 Students and 12 teachers gathered this springtime for the second ICG China Winter School. The seasonal mismatch in the title was even more apparent as warm weather arrived in Wuhan at the same time as the delegates. The heavy rain and thunder which quickly followed did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of those present.


PPI: Flat glass prices up nearly 7% over year

Flat glass prices increased 0.6% in April following a 0.2% dip the month before, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices for the material are up 6.9% from April 2015, the second increase in 2016. January saw a 1.1% spike, while prices remained flat in February. The current index sits at 130.9.


Federal science and engineering funding sees first increase in five years

Federal agencies obligated $30.8 billion to 996 academic institutions for science and engineering activities in FY2014, the most recent year for which such information is available, a 6% increase over the previous year and the first increase in such funding since FY2009, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.


2 new technologies that could supercharge Corning’s profits

Corning derives a majority of its earnings from making TV screens. In fact, the company’s display technologies business accounts for 72% of the company’s profits. Luckily, the company has a robust R&D operation, spending 8.4% of the company’s revenue on R&D. Here are the two innovations with the biggest potential to impact the company’s bottom line.


Lucideon introduces V-MARQ, certification of manufacturing origin

Do you use ‘origin of manufacture’ as part of your brand? Do you want to distinguish your product from those of competitors’ by belonging to an independent, robust program that your customers can have confidence in? V-MARQ is a new, independent certification, developed and provided by Lucideon CICS, that verifies place of manufacture.


Arkema joins with HP on material development for new 3-D printing solution

Arkema announced collaboration with HP Inc. on its new Multi Jet Fusion technology. A key part of HP’s recent announcement is an open platform for materials in which suppliers can qualify new materials to run on HP Jet Fusion 3D printers. Arkema plans to utilize HP’s open platform to drive innovation and help final customers create more 3-D printed production parts.


HarbisonWalker International announces transformation and plans for growth

HarbisonWalker International announced details about how the company is transforming itself and repositioning its brand for aggressive growth, including unveiling a new branding campaign. HWI executives addressed ways in which the company is innovating in a mature industry, improving customer experiences, and setting goals for increased global competitiveness.


Kason Corp. expands test lab for screening, drying, cooling, blending, size reduction equipment

An all-new, expanded test laboratory at Kason Corp. contains a full range of equipment for documenting performance of vibratory screeners, centrifugal sifters, fluid bed dryers/coolers, mixers/blenders, and size reduction equipment using customer-supplied materials. Performance data obtained on all laboratory test equipment are scalable.


OSHA finalizes recordkeeping rule, will make construction industry injury data public

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its final rule, going into effect August 10, on new electronic record-keeping and reporting requirements for injuries and illnesses, and agency officials said making those records public are meant to “nudge” companies into creating safer workplaces.


IPS Ceramics expands UK team

IPS Ceramics has announced two new appointments at its U.K. headquarters—Alan Keenan comes in as sales manager, and Adam Wright has joined as business development manager. “With these new appointments we’ve achieved a balance of youth and experience.”


CEO Andreas Meier leaves the H.C. Starck Group

Andreas Meier, CEO and chairman of the executive board, will leave the H.C. Starck Group on May 20, 2016, to devote himself to new business tasks as operating partner at Advent International. In this capacity, he will continue to be available as an advisor to H.C. Starck.


Sacmi Group reports record 2015 results

Italy’s Sacmi Group generated 2015 sales of €1.35bn, a record, with a €3m increase in net profit than the year before. Sacmi officials cited three reasons: greater than expected performance in all main business areas, ongoing international growth, and good results from recent strategic takeovers.


NSG Pilkington to take Ohio float glass line offline for repair

NSG Pilkington will invest an estimated $40 million this summer to repair one of its two float glass lines at its Rossford, Ohio, facility, according a statement released from the company. The Ohio facility produces float glass, some of which supplies Pilkington’s original equipment manufacturing and aftermarket fabrication of automotive glass.


Production underway at PGW joint venture plant in China

Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) has opened a new automotive glass manufacturing facility in Zibo, China. The plant was built as a part of a joint venture with Shandong Jinjing Science & Technology Stock Co. The joint venture is called Shandong PGW Jinjing Automotive Glass Co. Ltd. (PJG) and automotive glass production is now underway.


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