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Published on January 27th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on January 27th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


GE releases full year results, plans for industrialization of additive manufacturing

The General Electric Company has reported full year financial results for 2016. With $123.7 billion in full year revenue, the company shows a 5% year on year increase and expect 3-D printing to make an important contribution to the future of the business.


US manufacturing sector expands at fastest pace in two years

American manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in two years, reflecting firmer output and the biggest pickup in orders growth since August 2009. The Institute for Supply Management said that its index increased to 54.7, the fourth straight advance, from 53.2 a month earlier. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for 53.8.


Lithoz establishes subsidiary in America

At the beginning of 2017, Lithoz established a subsidiary in Albany, N.Y. Lithoz America is a 100% subsidiary of Lithoz GmbH and is responsible for the entire North American market (USA and Canada). Although Lithoz America will offer similar products and services, it operates independently on the US market.


Purdue-affiliated startup plans to use 3-D printers to create tomorrow’s rocket engines

A startup with Purdue ties plans to use 3-D printers as well as other additive manufacturing processes to make future rocket engines that show promise in being faster and less expensive to produce than traditional methods. Tri-D Dynamics LLC wants to tap into the emerging market of small satellites by using a 3-D printer to create small rocket engines.


3DCeram launch compact Ceramaker 100 for smaller ceramic 3-D printing

Advanced ceramics manufacturer 3DCeram has launched the Ceramaker 100 3-D printer, the younger brother of its Ceramaker 900 machine, released in 2015. With this smaller 3-D ceramic printing system, 3DCeram is aiming to create a wide range of industrial 3-D printers that meet the needs of their clients and adapt to a continually evolving market.


AGC unveils innovative glass substrates for semiconductor packaging

AGC Asahi Glass has developed a diverse line of glass substrates specifically designed for semiconductor packaging applications and semiconductor manufacturing process support. There has been a growing need for glass wafers—in particular, those that can match silicon’s coefficient of thermal expansion, thus eliminating warping.


Panasonic commercializes low transmission loss flexible multilayer circuit board materials

Panasonic Corp. has commercialized its low transmission loss flexible multilayer circuit board materials, suitable for high-speed large-volume data transmission and thinner designs of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet computers. The company will launch its mass production in January 2017.


Alcoa Corporation to permanently close Suralco refinery

Alcoa Corporation announced that it intends to permanently close the Suralco alumina refinery and bauxite mines in Suriname, fully curtailed since November 2015. Pending completion of those agreements, Alcoa will continue to operate the Afobaka hydroelectric facility, which supplied power to the Suralco operations.


Ross moves into largest manufacturing facility to date

Charles Ross & Son Company announced the successful completion of the largest Ross manufacturing facility to date. Ross Wuxi Equipment, the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary in China, officially moved into its new 250,000-sq.ft. home on December 31, 2016. A formal inauguration is scheduled for March 25, 2017.


Five steps to making a smart machinery purchase

As a distributor of capital equipment, DeGorter Inc. have learned a thing or two about aiding the success of its clients when it comes to purchasing new machinery. Whether one of the largest fabricators with a purchasing team, or a one-person business, the following list offers five steps for ensuring your business makes a smart choice when purchasing your next piece of equipment.


Construction industry sets sights on technology

Construction firms are putting an increased focus on technology in all areas of operations, according the 017 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook. According to the report, 40% of contractors say their IT investments will increase in 2017, and 77% report they currently have an overall IT plan in place to prevent against hacking.


Register now for HPC4Manufacturing Industry Engagement Day 

Registration is open for HPC4Manufacturing Industry Engagement Day: “Spurring Innovation in U.S. Manufacturing Through Advanced Computing,” where world-class experts will gather to reflect on the global trends of high performance computing in manufacturing, describe why leading industry innovators have invested deeply in HPC, and why others are primed to do so.


Free webinar by Granta Material Intelligence: Avoid using the wrong materials

Join Granta Material Intelligence on Thursday, January 25 to find out how to avoid increased costs and program delays caused by using sub-optimal materials. Discover materials data and tools to quickly evaluate all your options, from the world of materials to your company‘s preferred materials.


Public access to results of NSF-funded research

NSF has developed a plan outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from research the foundation funds. The plan, entitled “Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries,” is consistent with long-standing policies encouraging data sharing and communication of research results.


American Concrete Institute testing programs included in new masonry documents

The American Concrete Institute’s two masonry testing certification programs are now cited in TMS 402/602-16: Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry Structures.  Published in December 2016, the newly updated Masonry documents include language referencing certification in accordance with the Masonry Field Testing Technician and Masonry Laboratory Testing Technician programs.


Report: Energy-efficiency employment surges

An analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy reveals that approximately 32% of the 6.5 million employees in the U.S. construction industry work on energy-efficiency projects, including contract glaziers and installers of fenestration products. The agency’s second annual USEER shows how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy.


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