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Published on December 9th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on December 9th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Saint-Gobain buys Pietta Glass plant in Romania

Saint-Gobain has acquired the entire share capital of Romanian company Pietta Glass Working, active in glass processing and insulating glazing systems for façade markets and certain industrial applications. Pietta Glass sales should reach €20 million in 2016, with a strong potential for growth over the next few years.


Toyota says new technology means longer battery life

Toyota Motor Corp. has developed a new way of observing the movements of tiny particles in batteries used to power electric vehicles—an advance it says will help boost their cruise range by 10%–15%. Toyota’s new technology will allow the company to test various materials and battery structures and plan for an improved commercial electric vehicle.


Tesla officially acquires SolarCity

Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity officially closed, bringing together Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company with the solar energy company founded by his cousins Lyndon and Peter Rive. The deal was approved by Tesla and SolarCity shareholders last week, after first being proposed earlier this year.


DOE announces nearly $25M to enable innovative electrical motors used in manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Energy announced nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors. The Next Generation Electric Machines projects will address the limitations of traditional materials and designs used in electric motor components by cost-effectively enhancing their efficiency, improving their performance, and reducing weight.


Early 2017 event highlights global opportunities for US manufacturers

Discover Global Markets: Advanced Manufacturing event, held Feb. 16–17, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz., will help manufacturers connect to new customers and new markets. This international business conference will highlight export opportunities that exist for U.S. companies just like yours in the global manufacturing supply chain.


Rigaku announces precision optical coatings for manufacturing reflective mirrors

Rigaku Innovative Technologies recently announced a range of precision extreme UV lithography optical coatings for manufacturing reflective mirrors for semiconductor industry wafer pattern printing. The reflective optics are critical elements of the optical chain used inside scanner tools that print chip patterns onto wafers at high speeds.


Philippines slaps antidumping duties on China glass imports

The Philippines Department of Trade and Industry has slapped provisional antidumping duties as high as 87% on float glass imports from China, which were found to be causing serious injury to Philippine glass manufacturers.


Bridging the university–industry divide in R&D collaborations

Collaboration in R&D between academia and industry has been the main driver for the development of innovative technologies for many years and should not be overlooked. The relationship between these two institutions should be a symbiotic one.


The Carrier deal is great—but Trump hasn’t saved manufacturing yet

President-elect Donald Trump has already kept one campaign promise, announcing Tuesday evening that he had struck a much-hyped deal to keep Carrier, which makes air conditioning and refrigeration products, from moving 1,000 manufacturing jobs from Indiana to Mexico.


Faraday Future factory may be stalled

This electric car company is having trouble finding its spark. Faraday Future was on track to build a $1 billion factory in Nevada until they were unable to pay the bills. Green Car Reports reported last month that Faraday Future was late on a $21 million deposit to lead contractor AECOM. Now, Reuters says construction at the site has stopped due to the missed payments.


Federal court blocks Department of Labor’s overtime rule

A federal judge recently issued a preliminary injunction stopping the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule from taking effect nationwide on December 1. The injunction means the rule won’t go into effect until the case is resolved or the injunction is lifted by the judge.


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