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Published on August 15th, 2014 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on August 15th, 2014 | By: April Gocha


Corning Gorilla Glass 3 featured in Micromax smartphones

Corning Inc. (Corning, N.Y.) and Micromax Informatics Ltd, India’s second largest smartphone brand, have signed an agreement to deliver the durability and damage resistance of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance to Micromax smartphones.


Centorr Vacuum ships new workhorse 2nd gen furnace design to Setra Systems for precision brazing

Centorr Vacuum Industries (Nashua, N.H.) announced it has shipped its first redesigned flagship Workhorse Vacuum furnace to Setra Systems (Boxborough, MA) for its U.S. production facility. CVI’s Workhorse furnaces were first introduced in 1967, and they underwent a complete design upgrade in late 2013.


Hands-on viscosity measurement training from Brookfield

Brookfield is offering two hands-on courses for viscosity measurement and control: the Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements, and the Lab Day/Advanced Viscosity Test Methods. The courses are offered at Brookfield’s headquarters in Middleboro, Mass., and in major cities across the U.S.


Apple factory in Mesa ramps up sapphire production

While significant startup challenges have slowed progress on Apple’s sapphire-glass factory in Mesa, Az., the massive facility is nearly finished and is ramping up production of the scratch-resistant material, GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez says.


New CNC grinder investment at American Roller and Plasma Coatings

American Roller and Plasma Coatings Company has invested in a state of the art Danobat CNC cylindrical grinder for the new manufacturing facility being built in Union Grove, Wis. This addition improves the company’s competitive edge by allowing expansion, in both volume and accuracy, of tight tolerance grinding capabilities.


U.S. Silica completes acquisition of Cadre Services

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. (Frederick, Md.) has completed the acquisition of Cadre Services Inc., a leading regional sand mining company based in Voca, Texas. The addition allows U.S. Silica to expand its geographic footprint and product offerings. The purchase price was $98 million.


RAK Ceramics India to go public

RAK Ceramics India Private Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of the world’s biggest ceramic producer RAK Ceramics, is planning to go public to fund its expansion plans in the country. The company is planning to raise INR 2000 Mn through the envisaged IPO next year.


Netzsch’s new solution for simultaneous thermal analysis

NETZSCH announced the release of the new, economical STA 449 F5 Jupiter. This instrument simultaneously performs thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) on a single sample, yielding more information than separate tests using two different instruments. 


WTO upholds ‘rare earth’ ruling against China

In March, the WTO dispute settlement panel found that China’s rare-earth restrictions breach WTO rules. In the most recent ruling, the WTO’s appellate panel rejected Beijing’s appeal, saying it hasn’t demonstrated that the export quotas that China applies to various forms of rare-earths are justified.


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