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Published on February 3rd, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on February 3rd, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Volkswagen put invisible layer of silver in its new windshields to melt away snow

Self-heating windows have existed for decades. However, they’ve have always relied on near-invisible wires that can be a distraction when revealed by oncoming headlights. So instead of wires, the laminated glass used in Volkswagen’s new windshields includes an ultra-thin invisible layer of silver connected to the vehicle’s electrical system so that it heats up and melts away ice.


Saint-Gobain invests in renovation matchmaking start-up Sweeten

A newly announced partnership between Saint-Gobain and Sweeten links the 350-year-old global leader in sustainable living spaces, construction, and comfort with the dynamic 5-year-old New York City-based tech company that matches renovators with the best local general contractors.


Portland aluminum smelter in Australia to restart capacity lost after power outage

The Victorian and Australian governments and Alcoa Corporation announced the Portland Aluminum smelter will restart capacity that had been lost due to a December power outage. In addition, Alcoa and energy provider AGL reached an agreement related to the electricity supply for the smelter.


Global flat glass industry to grow 5.5% annually through 2021

The global flat glass market is expected to grow at a 5.5% compound annual growth rate through 2021, according to a recent report from market research firm Lucintel. The report also predicts above average growth for automotive glass and specialty glass markets, as well the continued dominance of the Asia-Pacific market.


Advanced ceramics market forecasted value to grow to $105B by 2021

The advanced ceramics market is projected to grow to $104.854 billion by 2021, from $63.112 billion in 2015, at a compound annual growth rate of 8.83%. Increasing demand in applications such as energy efficiency, ballistics protection, environmental protection, among others are expected to fuel the market growth.


Bilateral investments bring US and China closer

With $45.6 billion worth of completed acquisitions and greenfield investments, the United States has become the largest recipient of booming Chinese outbound Foreign Direct Investment in 2016. The number is triple the amount for 2015 and a tenfold increase of annual investment from five years ago, according to Rhodium Group.


ACMA to contribute to new REMADE Institute for Clean Energy

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is committed to be an affiliate member of the U.S. DOE new $140 million Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute—a national coalition led by the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance.


H.C. Starck tantalum processing once again certified conflict-free

H.C. Starck, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of technology metals and advanced ceramics, has once again received certification for processing of “conflict-free” tantalum raw materials—the sixth year in a row the company has done so.


R&D key part of Britian’s economic plan post Brexit

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May recently unveiled a new proposal geared towards identifying new opportunities to redefine the United Kingdom’s economy once the Brexit process is completed. Boosting investment science, research, and innovation is one of the key components of this endeavor.


Pak Suzuki to invest in automobile glass manufacturing company

Pak Suzuki Motor Company—the largest carmaker in Pakistan with over 50% market share—announced that it intends to invest in a joint venture company that will manufacture automobile glass, according to a company notice sent to the Pakistan Stock Exchange.


Owens Corning recognized as world leader in sustainability performance

Owens Corning has been recognized as one of the world’s most sustainable companies for the fourth consecutive year by sustainability investment specialist RobecoSAM. Owens Corning’s score earned it the “Gold Class” distinction from RobecoSAM. The company was also named an “Industry Mover” by RobecoSAM.


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