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Published on September 2nd, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on September 2nd, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Interview with Carolyn Primus of Avalon Biomed to air on TV on September 4

Carolyn Primus, president of Avalon Biomed Inc., will be featured on the national television show “Worldwide Business with kathy ireland” to discuss bioceramic medical devices for dentistry and orthopedics. The interview will be aired on the Fox Business Network at 5:30 pm EST and at 3:00 pm HKT on Bloomberg International. A link for the interview also will be available on the company’s website, avalonbiomed.com.


Stratasys demonstrates 3-D printing at industrial scales and speeds

Stratasys announced two new developments in fused deposition modeling technology that may help 3-D printing realize its potential as a manufacturing tool for mainstream aerospace and automotive products. The two technologies address different sets of manufacturing requirements, but both capable of building bigger, stronger, more affordable parts at faster speeds.


Zhongwang purchases US aluminum company Aleris, raising concerns

A major Chinese-owned aluminum company is making a big entrance into the American market amid trade tensions between China and the U.S. aluminum industry. Zhongwang USA, a subsidiary of Zhongwang International Group, is purchasing Cleveland-based aluminum company Aleris for $2.33 billion.


Businesses spent $341 billion on R&D performed in US in 2014

Businesses spent $341 billion on research and development performed in the United States in 2014, a 5.6% increase over the previous year, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.


3DIcon and Coretec target semiconductors and solar for silicon-based technology

3DIcon Corporation announced its intent to target specific industries for early adoption as it works with merger partner Coretec Industries LLC to commercialize its silicon-based materials. The materials will be accessible to 3DIcon following the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement between Coretec and the NDSU Research Foundation at the merger of 3DIcon and Coretec.


U.S. Silica completes acquisition of Sandbox Enterprises

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. has completed the acquisition of Sandbox Enterprises LLC, a leading provider of innovative logistics solutions and technology for the transportation of proppant used in hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas industry. Sandbox utilizes specially designed, patent-protected equipment and processes to efficiently and cost-effectively service well site operations.


New carbon fiber developed through LeMond, Connie Jackson, Oak Ridge collaboration

A new carbon fiber is being developed thanks to a partnership between Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, carbon fiber manufacturing pioneer Connie Jackson, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The new venture hopes to produce cost-effective, lightweight, environmentally sound carbon fiber to the transportation, renewable energy, and infrastructure markets.


How Venezuela plans to run Guardian’s glass plant

Venezuela’s socialist government has revealed how it will manage the Guardian glass plant its military seized a month ago—and it resembles the way it’s now running the Kimberly-Clark diaper-making facility it took over in early July.


Antitrust regulators approve Tesla deal to buy SolarCity

Federal antitrust regulators from the Federal Trade Commission approved electric vehicle maker Tesla’s bid to buy solar panel company SolarCity for $2.6 billion in an all-stock deal. The deal was expected to be approved, and Reuters reported that regulators fast-tracked the merger.


CUMI inaugurates new R&D center at industrial ceramics unit in India

Carborundum Universal (CUMI) inaugurated its state-of-the-art R&D center in its industrial ceramics division facility in Hosur, India. This facility boasts of advanced equipment for material characterization, microstructural analysis, finished component analysis, and other critical areas. It will be a Centre of Excellence for research in technical ceramics for industrial and advanced applications.


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