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Published on September 9th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on September 9th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


GE Lighting to exit Asia, Latin America; announces new ‘incubation lab’

GE Lighting plans to stop selling products in Asian and Latin America—a move that’s connected to the company’s recent decision to drop traditional lighting technologies and focus entirely on LEDs. GE Lighting also plans to open an incubation lab that will hunt for new ways to use LEDs to create “connected home” technologies.


glasstec preview: Function meets glass, IT and architecture, and historical glass engineering

Later this month, more than 40,000 glass industry visitors are expected to descend upon Düsseldorf, Germany, for glasstec 2016, the International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products, held Sept. 20–23. The event will highlight glass innovations and technologies currently available or in development.


Free tickets to Materials Today at New Scientist Live in London

On the September 23, from 10am–5pm at New Scientist Live in the ExCel Centre in London, Materials Today and the Materials Science Council at Elsevier are organizing a one day materials science bonanza bringing together some of the world’s most well-known and thought provoking materials scientists to discuss the role of materials science in society and the next generation of materials discovery.


Forsan Ceramics already number three ceramics producer in Saudi Arabia

Forsan Ceramics is forecast to be the number three ceramics and porcelain producer in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it ramps up to full production before the beginning of 2017. The production facilities comprise of three large scale, state of the art tile and sanitaryware manufacturing factories with hefty annual production capabilities.


Stoke-on-Trent strikes Chinese ceramics partnership

Stoke-on-Trent has signed a “landmark” agreement with Chinese city Jingdezhen, which has a ceramics heritage dating back 1,700 years, in a bid to develop opportunities and encourage investment. It will aim to increase exchange opportunities for businesspeople and students, encourage joint projects between universities in both cities and will help drive investment.


GE joins MIT Energy Initiative to develop advanced technology solutions

The MIT Energy Initiative announced that GE will be joining MITEI as a sustaining member to fund advanced technology solutions to help transform global energy systems. GE will commit a total of $7.5 million over a five-year period ($1.5 million annually) and play an active role in MITEI’s research and project priorities.


AGC acquires leading German biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing organization

AGC Asahi Glass has acquired all shares of Biomeva GmbH from Biomeva Holding GmbH. Based in Heidelberg, Germany, Biomeva has almost 25 years of experience in providing contract development and manufacturing services using microbial expression technology to European and other International customers.


Thermcraft introduces Bill Thomson as general manager

Thermcraft is pleased to introduce Bill Thomson as its new general manager. Thomson brings manufacturing and management experience from a variety of industries, including 20 years of thermal processing, manufacturing, and management in the furnace and oven industry.


Thermcraft introduces Scott Miller as sales manager

Thermcraft is pleased to introduce Scott Miller as its new North American sales manager. With nearly 8 years of thermal processing and sales experience in the furnace and oven industry, Miller will have responsibility for developing Thermcraft’s market presence as well as assisting in its marketing strategy.


15th anniversary of the Vizzies seeks visual entries

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Vizzies competition, formerly known as The International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Winners will be announced by NSF and Popular Science, be featured on their websites, and win cash prizes. Visual entries in photography, video, illustration, posters/graphics, and interactive categories are due September 15, 2016.


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