Published on September 9th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on September 9th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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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