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Published on September 23rd, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on September 23rd, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


NIST releases expanded fractography guide for analyzing, understanding material failures

NIST has released a new, expanded edition of the NIST Recommended Practice Guide, “Fractography of Ceramics and Glasses.” First issued in 2007, the guide was developed to help engineers and scientists analyze the patterns in fractures of ceramics and glasses used for household items and other consumer goods, building materials, and medical devices and implants.


US sees sizable increase in R&D spending

U.S. R&D performance rose to $477.7 billion in 2014—an increase of $21.1 billion over the previous year—and is estimated to hit $499.3 billion in 2015, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. The report examines the performance of R&D by businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions and other organizations, and the funding sources used by these sectors to perform that R&D.


China glass maker has bigger plans

China’s largest glass manufacturer Kibing is planning to raise its investment in Malaysia by 100% to $400 million and to set up its overseas headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Kibing has already committed US$200mil for its float glass production in Negri Sembilan and in the future, plans to invest an additional US$200mil to venture into higher value glass-making, such as intelligent glass, mirrors and, furniture and construction glass, in the state.


NSG Group and Solaria announce collaboration

NSG Group, the owner of the Pilkington brand, and one of the world’s largest glass producers, and Solaria, specialists in PV technology, are entering into a collaboration agreement to manufacture and produce (semi) transparent building integrated photovoltaic solutions.


Lisec acquires Hungary’s Glastronic to expand used machine business

Lisec signed a contract to acquire 100% of Hungary-based Glastronic, a part of the Jüllich Group, as of September 1. The parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. As a part of the Lisec Group, Glastronic will in the future acquire used Lisec machines, overhaul them according to the customers’ requirements and resell them.


3-D printing ceramic market predicted to reach $131.5M by 2021

The 3-D printing ceramics market is estimated to be valued at $27.8 million in 2015 and is projected to reach $131.5 million by 2021, at a CAGR of 29.6% from 2016 to 2021. Rapid increase in demand from end-user industries for different applications is expected to drive the overall demand for 3-D printing ceramics market in coming years.


DOE announces up to $107M for innovative projects and funding for solar technologies

The Energy Department announced up to $107 million in new projects and planned funding in order to support America’s continued leadership in clean energy innovation through solar technology. Under the Office of Energy EERE SunShot Initiative, the Department will fund 40 projects with a total of $42 million to improve photovoltaics.


Quanxi Jia rejoins University of Buffalo to boost material science efforts

Quanxi Jia has rejoined his alma mater, the University at Buffalo, to help build the university’s materials science programs. Jia has been named the Empire Innovation Professor and National Grid Professor of Materials Research in the university’s Department of Materials Design and Innovation. He also will serve as scientific director at UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics.


Energy Department launches up to $30M effort to improve solar module materials

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a new Energy Materials Network consortium, the Durable Module Materials National Lab Consortium led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. DuraMat is designed to accelerate the development and deployment of new, high performance materials for photovoltaic modules to lower the cost of electricity generated by solar power, while increasing field lifetime.


ON Semiconductor acquires Fairchild Semiconductor for $2.4B in cash

ON Semiconductor Corp. and Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. jointly announced that ON Semiconductor has successfully completed its previously announced $2.4 billion cash acquisition of Fairchild.


Tesla takes on massive energy storage battery project in L.A.

Elon Musk is getting closer to achieving his clean-energy goals. His electric car company Tesla won a bid to build a 20-megawatt/80-megawatt per hour Powerpack system at the Mira Lorna substation owned by Southern California Edison. Tesla’s blog post broke down how this process will work.


Sika Automotive opens new factory in Brazil

Sika is tapping into the future potential of the automotive sector by opening a new factory for adhesives and acoustic products in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new factory in Sao Paulo with its adjoining Technology Center will manufacture adhesives and a wide range of acoustic products for the automotive market in Latin America.


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