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Published on June 10th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on June 10th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Saint-Gobain reinvents its brand with new logo

At its Annual General Meeting on June 2, Saint-Gobain unveiled its new logotype that interprets the company’s classic ‘bridge’ symbol and also incorporates a vibrant skyline illustrating the group’s brand territory of “living places.” This logo reflects an updated positioning for the brand, based around its promise: to design, manufacture, and distribute materials that improve the wellbeing of both individuals and society as a whole.


Apple Stores will use new walk-able transparent solar glass

Apple’s new stores will be utilizing a walkable solar glass floor technology for electricity generation. According to a document on Onyx Solar’s website, Apple “has decided to commit itself to OnyxSolar’s designer photvoltaic technology for its new stores. The first of these is located in the heart of San Francisco, the company’s home town.”


Former Heritage Glass plant to resume operation as EnviraGlass

A Kingsport, Tenn. glass manufacturing plant will soon restart production under a new name and new ownership. Heritage Glass Co. sold its assets to the newly established company EnviraGlass, which will continue to produce solar glass at the facility. EnviraGlass held a ceremony last Friday unveiling the plant’s new signage.


3M wins patent infringement lawsuit against Dental Direkt

3M announced that a court in Düsseldorf, Germany, has ordered an injunction and damages claim reaching back to December 2008 against Dental Direkt GmbH for infringement of 3M’s patented technology that enables the coloring of ceramic-based dental restorations. The court decision is based on a German patent and on the German portion of a European patent.


Russian manufacturers present experimental armored glass for presidential limo

Glass makers in Gus Khrustalny—Russia’s glass industry center established back in the middle of the 18th century, 250 km east of Moscow—have delivered an experimental set of glass sheets for the prototype of a VIP limousine, being developed for the country’s top officials under a project codenamed Cortege.


The future of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3-D printing

From the outset, HP’s Multi Jet Fusion platform stands to have fairly strong potential for the 3-D printing industry, producing nylon parts 10 times faster than selective laser sintering machines. However, it may be the future of MJF technology that is the most exciting for 3-D printing and manufacturing as a whole. 


Advanced technology workshop focuses on additive manufacturing and printed electronics

The International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society will host an Advanced Technical Workshop on Additive Manufacturing and Printed Electronics, June 28–29, 2016. Conference sessions will cover the development of printable electronic materials (inks), the options for manufacturing/printing, and the applications of printed and flexible electronics.


American Concrete Institute announces new publication on shotcrete

The American Concrete Institute announces the availability of a new publication, ACI 506R-16 Guide to Shotcrete. The new guide provides information on materials and properties of both dry-mix and wet-mix shotcrete. Most facets of the shotcrete process are covered, including application procedures, equipment requirements, and responsibilities of the shotcrete crew.


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