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Published on November 4th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on November 4th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ferro Corp. has acquired Electro-Science Laboratories (ESL)

Ferro Corporation announced that it has acquired Electro-Science Laboratories Inc., a leader in electronic packaging materials. Ferro paid $75 million excluding customary adjustments and fees for the privately held company headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa.


Corning’s Gorilla Glass will soon have a major role in everyday driving

One key feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass holds is its ability to be very durable and being lightweight at the same time. These features are a necessity when it comes to car manufacturing, as previous and current versions of the windshield tend to be brittle, or show signs of wear and tear, which can be hazardous to the driver.


Energy Department launches $10M effort to develop advanced water splitting materials

The Energy Department recently announced $10 million, subject to appropriations, to support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN). This consortium will utilize the expertise and capabilities of national laboratories to accelerate development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. 


After two-year decline, postdoc employment at federally funded labs increases

The number of postdoctoral researchers employed at federally funded research and development centers rose to 2,696 in 2015, the first increase seen after two consecutive years of declines, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.


Saint-Gobain acquires France Pare-Brise

Saint-Gobain has just completed the acquisition of France Pare-Brise, which has the second largest franchise network in France on the automotive glass repair and replacement market. France Pare-Brise serves insurance companies, corporate fleets, car rental and leasing companies as well as retail customers.


Heraeus catalysts reduce dangerous nitrous oxide greenhouse gas emissions by 95%

Heraeus is installing nitrous oxide emission reduction technology in existing nitric acid plants around the world. Heraeus’ patented FTC1 gauze systems are already reducing nitrous oxide emissions by up to 50%. However, a special catalyst system installed downstream can further reduce emissions by up to 95%.


Sika Global Automotive commissions reactor in Germany

Sika Global Automotive announces completion and commissioning of an additional reactor at its Hamburg, Germany facility.  The additional capacity will allow for a more efficient supply base and logistic operations while also enabling the further addition of new technologies in application segments for Automotive and Industrial lamination assembly adhesives.


American Concrete Institute announces publication on design of concrete wind turbine towers

This report examines the design of concrete towers for land-based wind turbines with heights in excess of 325 feet, including construction alternatives, design criteria, design methodologies, and guidance for preliminary design of concrete towers. Additional content on maximum wind forces, fatigue, dynamic effects from wind and turbine operations, design of connections, and more, is included.


Mexican glass maker eager to grow former PPG flat glass business

During the weekend that Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. closed on its purchase of PPG’s flat glass business, a human resources official from the Mexican glass maker made the rounds at the Pittsburgh coatings company’s glass research center in Harmar, placing a shiny gray coffee mug with a Vitro logo at each workstation.


Asahi Glass seen boosting profit on strong overseas business

Group operating profit at Japan’s Asahi Glass apparently climbed 20% on the year to top 62 billion yen ($589 million) for the nine months through September, with overseas operations driving the gains. Sales are expected to shrink 4% to around 950 billion yen due to the stronger Japanese currency eating into offshore yen-converted revenue.


University of Buffalo awarded $2.9M to build advanced materials data research lab

The University of Buffalo has received a $2.9 million NSF grant to transform the traditional role of a database. The lab, which also will conduct large-scale materials modeling and simulations based upon untapped troves of visual data, will be accessible to the scientific community and ultimately speed up and reduce the cost of discovering, manufacturing and commercializing new materials.


GE plans $1.65B acquisition of wind turbine blades manufacturer

GE announced its intent to purchase LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based manufacturer and supplier of rotor blades to the wind industry, for $1.65 billion. The deal in-sources wind turbine blade design and manufacturing for GE’s Renewable Energy business, improving its ability to increase energy output and create value for onshore and offshore customers.


Mexico taking US jobs? Blame robots instead

America has lost more than 7 million factory jobs since manufacturing employment peaked in 1979. Yet American factory production, minus raw materials and some other costs, more than doubled over the same span to $1.91 trillion last year. And it makes U.S. manufacturers No. 2 in the world behind China.


World watches as Fuyao pursues historic US investment in Dayton area

At a time when political stances on international trade range from skepticism to outright hostility, the eyes of the world are on the Dayton area and its fastest growing manufacturer, a Chinese-owned company that can’t seem to hire American workers fast enough to fill a reclaimed General Motors plant.


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