Published on August 19th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on August 19th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD
The U.S. Department of Energy will invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials through use of supercomputers. Two four-year projects—one team led by Berkeley Lab, the other team led by Oak Ridge National Lab—will take advantage of superfast computers at DOE national laboratories to develop software for designing fundamentally new functional materials.
GE announced that its headquarters will be located in the Seaport District of Boston along Necco Street. Boston was selected after a careful evaluation of the business ecosystem, talent, long-term costs, employee experience, connections with the world and proximity to other important company assets. The new headquarters will include a combination of existing buildings and new construction.
Flat glass prices increased—but barely—in July, up just 0.1% after a 1% increase over the previous two months, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Johnson Matthey and 3M have entered into a patent license agreement that aims at further expanding the use of nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications. Through focused product development and customization, Johnson Matthey will deliver NMC technologies to the market to help support and enable powertrain electrification.
Looks like Ferro Corp. has no plans to sell itself any time soon. Ferro’s board of directors ultimately decided that continuing with the company’s “value creation strategy” and a focus on both organic and inorganic growth was the best option, the release stated.
Despite years of slower growth in Europe and continued economic uncertainty, glasstec 2016 is looking toward growth and to the future of the global glass industry—a future that is expected to be defined by sustainability, innovation and automation. The event will take place Sept. 20-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Venezuelan officials officially “reopened” the Guardian Industries float glass plant that they seized by military force in late July. According to a report from El Abrelata, a resolution of “occupation” and the restart of operations at the facility is now into effect.
New Zealand’s largest value added glass processor Metro Performance Glass has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares in Australian Glass Group (AGG) for A$43.1 million. AGG has glass processing plants in Melbourne and Sydney that supply double glazed glass units, custom laminated, and toughened safety glass for residential and commercial projects.
Five years ago, a 14-acre soy bean field stretched out directly to the north of the SageGlass R&D and manufacturing facility in Faribault, Minnesota. Today, there stands an impressive 329,000-square-foot high volume manufacturing plant for the company’s SageGlass electrochromic dynamic glass.
Amedica Corp. announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016. The company decreased year-to-date operational cash burn by 55%; submitted response to FDA in support of its application seeking clearance to commercialize its composite cervical interbody fusion device; signed an additional joint development agreement with an implant designer and distributor of dental technologies; and more.
The American Concrete Institute announced the promotion of, CAE, to Director, Membership and Customer Service. In support of ACI’s strategic goals, Reynolds will focus efforts on creating, implementing, and analyzing strategies, plans, and programs focused on growing the community of ACI members.
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