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Published on August 19th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on August 19th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Energy Department to invest $16M in computer design of materials

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 announces location for its new global headquarters in Boston

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.


PPI report: Glass prices level out in July

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 complete NMC patent license agreement

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.


No sale for Ferro, company says

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.


Glasstec 2016 to highlight innovations that will bring the global glass industry into the next era

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.


Venezuela restarts Guardian Glass plant

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.


Metro Glass set to acquire Australian Glass Group

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.


Next generation manufacturing: Technology, automation, and precision at SageGlass plant

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 reports second quarter 2016 financial results

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.


American Concrete Institute announces promotion of Melinda G. Reynolds to director

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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