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Published on January 20th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on January 20th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Court rules in favor of CoorsTek Medical in ceramic hip implant lawsuit

CoorsTek Medical announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has ruled in favor of CoorsTek Medical in its lawsuit challenging the trademark and trade dress claims of CeramTec GmbH in the U.S. to the color “pink” for implantable ceramic hip components.


Deloitte study finds that Manufacturing USA spurs R&D innovation

Manufacturing USA is working. That’s the overarching conclusion of an independent study conducted by Deloitte. According to the study, the first eight advanced manufacturing institutes established between 2012 and 2016 have reached a critical mass of valuable connections among 1,200 participating companies, universities and government agencies.

Workshop for new researchers in glass science and technology, July 3–7 in France

The International Commission on Glass (ICG) invites new researchers in glass science and technology to attend the 9th summer school in Montpellier, France, July 3–7, 2017. The ICG-Summer School 2017 will be organized as two parallel streams, one following the traditional glass science themes, focused more on academic topics, and the second looking at numerical modeling both from an industrial and academic perspective.


Allied Mineral Products Inc. to acquire Pryor Giggey Co.

Allied Mineral Products Inc. announces the intent to purchase Alabama-based Pryor-Giggey Co., a monolithic refractory and precast shapes company with plants in Anniston, AL and Chehalis, WA. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of January.


The role of 3-D printing in sustainable manufacturing

The decline of U.S. manufacturing is not inevitable. By embracing new technologies, American manufacturing can be re-shored and revitalized, while adopting a far more sustainable model. A key technology at the heart of this 3-D printing.


Amedica successfully completes first Taurus pedicle screw system surgery

Amedica Corp. announced successful completion of the first surgery using the Taurus Pedicle Screw System. The system is Amedica’s latest fixation product line that received FDA clearance in November 2016, and it is intended to immobilize and stabilize the spinal segments to supplement fusion of the lumbar and/or sacral spine.


Arkema upgrades its Clear Lake acrylics facility in North America

Arkema is investing $90 million on its Clear Lake, Texas site to replace existing acrylic acid production units with modern facilities using the latest available technologies. Thus Arkema will position the Clear Lake site among the most competitive in North America while meeting growing demand in the region.


Strategies to optimize product designs for manufacture

Optimization for manufacturing is a critical, and all-too-often neglected element of the product design cycle. But ignoring manufacturability can lead to sporadic quality issues, delays in initial shipments, COGS that exceed pro-formas, and even complete rebuilds of production tooling.


NIST awards $12M to MEP centers in 11 states

The NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program has awarded a total of nearly $12 million in first-year funding to 11 organizations that will operate MEP centers to support small and medium-size manufacturers and are dedicated to enhancing the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturing.


Indian government to cut gas price for ceramics industry

The government is set to lower the price of gas for the ceramics industry—lower than US$6 per million British thermal units—this year as mandated by Presidential Regulation No. 40/2016 on gas prices. The Industry Ministry has given priority to the ceramics sector for the gas price cut as it is one of the fastest growing industries.


New book focuses on applying lasers in 3-D printing, manufacturing

World Scientific’s latest book on lasers in 3-D printing and manufacturing is set to fill the demand between industry needs and training of engineers. This book covers basics of lasers, optics, and materials used for manufacturing and 3-D printing. It will also include case studies, theoretical background and insights, and the future prospects of this technology.


NIST announces 2017 research funding opportunity for small businesses

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced topics for its 2017 Small Business Innovation Research awards. Phase I of the competitive program provides individual awards of up to $100,000 to encourage small U.S. businesses to engage in federally funded research and development opportunities that have the potential for commercialization.


Glass imports and exports both down in November

The U.S. decreased both its imports and exports of flat glass in November, according to an analysis of U.S. Department of Commerce data. However, both saw year-to-date increases compared to the prior year. From January through November, the U.S. industry exported $1.413 billion of flat glass.


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