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Published on November 25th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on November 25th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Discover the Corning plant where Gorilla Glass was developed

The birthplace of Gorilla Glass resides in a small town in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region. Find out how the glass was originally developed, and how it ended up on 4.5 billion devices worldwide.


AGC to set up solar control coating facility in Indonesia for architectural glass production

AGC Asahi Glass announced that it will build a new solar-control coating facility for architectural glass at the Cikampek Factory of PT Asahimas Flat Glass Tbk, one of AGC’s consolidated subsidiaries in Indonesia. Capital investment for the construction of the new coating facility is estimated at about 4.0 billion yen, and the production capacity is expected to be about 6.0 million m2 a year. The new facility is planned to start production in the second quarter of 2018.


Owens Corning completes acquisition of synthetic roofing underlayment manufacturer

Owens Corning announced that it has received all regulatory clearances and completed the acquisition of InterWrap, a leading manufacturer of roofing underlayment and packaging materials, for $450 million. InterWrap produces synthetic roofing underlayment and industrial fabrics for water management, oil and gas mining, agricultural applications, with reported 2015 sales of $250 million.


Swiss firms keen on Trump’s infrastructure promises

Companies like Sika and LafargeHolcim want to be a part of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to rebuild crumbling roads, bridges, tunnels, and airports infrastructure. While the election of Trump has made certain players in the Swiss business community uneasy, others see opportunities to expand.


Universities report four years of declining federal funding

Federal funding for research at higher education institutions declined for a fourth straight year, according to a new report from NCSES. Adjusted for inflation, federal funding for higher education R&D declined 1.7% between FY 2014 and FY 2015, and 13% since a peak in FY 2011. 


Pilkington set to save £2m with Siemens contract

A new contract with Siemens means that glassmaker Pilkington are set to save approximately £2 million at two of their manufacturing sites in St. Helens over the next five years. The two companies have developed a glass energy service proposition, named the Siemens Energy Partnerships initiative, to address the specific needs of the glass industry.


Somany Ceramics founder passes away

Somany Ceramics said its founder Hiralall Somany passed away on November 14 at the age of 96. “Our business and ethos continue to be driven by the values and principles laid down by him. He remains to be our biggest inspiration and we at Somany Ceramics,” the company says.


DOE highlights top three hydrogen and fuel cell states with focus on domestic manufacturing

The Energy Department’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office has announced the top three states in hydrogen and fuel cell industry activities while now seeking stakeholder feedback to improve standardized manufacturing in the industry. According to the newly released report, the top three hydrogen and fuel cell states are California, Connecticut, and New York.


Flat glass prices barely rise in October

Prices for flat glass ticked up a slight 0.1% in October, according to Producer Price Index data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Flat glass has seen a 3.5% increase in prices since the same time last year. The index currently sits at 132.3.


New head of Zeiss Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group

The Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG has decided to appoint Karl Lamprecht as Head of the SMT business group, effective January 1, 2017. Lamprecht will take over for Hermann Gerlinger, who is returing at the end of 2016 after 32 years of working at Zeiss.


Saint-Gobain’s John Crowe named Philadelphia SmartCEO 2016 CEO of the Year

Saint-Gobain announced that John Crowe, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations, has been named CEO of the Year by Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine. The award recognizes the most accomplished CEOs in the Greater Philadelphia region that are committed to business excellence.


Dennis Schulze named CFO of H.C. Starck Group

H.C. Starck has appointed Dennis Schulze to serve as a member of the executive board and chief financial officer of the H.C. Starck Group. Engelbert Heimes will remain chairman of the executive board of the group on an ongoing basis. Schulze will replace Matthias Schmitz, who is leaving the company to take on a new professional role.


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