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Published on December 2nd, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on December 2nd, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Koch Industries acquires full ownership of Guardian

KGIC Merger Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, acquired Guardian Industries Corp., the companies announced. The deal is an all-cash transaction for the remaining 55.5% outstanding shares of Guardian’s common stock not already owned by affiliates of Koch.


DOE announces $30M investment for innovation in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

The Energy Department announced approximately $30 million in available funding, subject to appropriations, for research and development of low-cost hydrogen production, onboard hydrogen storage, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells to advance the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles.


Wireless sensors replace cables and save tonnes of copper and plastic

The Volvo Group is currently taking part in a research project which involves replacing the cables in trucks with wireless sensors. The result will be a dramatic reduction in the amount of copper and plastic used. Every year the company should be able to dispense with around 5000 kilometres of cabling, which is the equivalent of 18 tonnes of copper and 33 tonnes of plastic.


DOE awards $1M to develop composites for solid lithium conductors

Processing ceramics at low temperatures to create safe and reliable solid ion conductors is the focus of a $1M grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy awarded to a team of six Penn State researchers. The project is one of 16 innovative proposals selected to receive funding through the agency as part of a $37M initiative to accelerate the development of next-generation battery and fuel cell products.


5 ways Trump will affect the glass industry

Triumph or Trumped? I suspect the way you answer that question will have a lot to do with how you voted in the election last Tuesday. While it’s NOT my place to comment on who won and who lost, it IS my job to provide what I believe the ramifications of that presidency will be on the glass and glazing industry. So here are my top five.


Major shakeup in Fuyao’s executive ranks

Fuyao Glass America Inc. has parted ways with its senior management team. John Gauthier, who has served as president, and Dave Burrows, who was vice president of operations, have stepped down. In their place, the company says a new management team is taking shape, including a new president. Many of the new leaders are newcomers to Dayton, where the company has 2,000 employees as its North American headquarters.


Harper designs advanced thermal system to process battery materials for Prayon

Harper International has been awarded a contract for a high volume rotary furnace system by Prayon, headquartered in Belgium. The innovative reactor will be used for drying and calcining of Prayon’s advanced iron phosphate powder, a key component of lithium iron phosphate cathode materials used in rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles.


Amedica announces new sales leadership and provides regulatory updates

Amedica Corp. announced the appointment of Dana Lyons as vice president of sales and marketing. Lyons will lead the effort to increase the adoption of silicon nitride implants in the spinal fusion market and deliver revenue growth. The FDA also notified the company that the new pedicle screw system, Taurus, has been cleared for commercialization.


Voters want to see a vibrant manufacturing sector: And here’s how we can meet their mandate

From Wisconsin to Ohio to Pennsylvania, leaders recently heard from voters in states where manufacturing remains a priority. And the message was clear—American manufacturing must be competitive. We have an opportunity for meaningful reform in a number of areas to sustain America’s leadership in innovation and manufacturing.


Guardian Glass to add jumbo glass coater in North America

Guardian Glass is installing a jumbo coater in North America to serve its North America commercial glass customers. Guardian will announce the jumbo coater location in the near future. Adding the ability to coat jumbo-sized glass means Guardian can supply bigger sheets of coated glass to its customers for fabrication into finished sizes for glass facades and windows.


Netzsch intensifies activities in minerals sector with acquisition of Ecutec

The Netzsch business unit Grinding & Dispersing, with headquarters in Selb, Germany, will acquire the company Ecutec Barcelona SL effective Nov. 17, 2016. Ecutec is a leading supplier of production equipment and process solutions for dry processing of minerals. The company’s primary focus is ultrafine grinding and classification as well as special surface coatings of such products.



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