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Published on February 17th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on February 17th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic matrix composites complete second phase of testing in GE engine

The second phase of GE9X CMC component testing in a GEnx demonstrator engine is complete, with the CMCs continuing to be the clear cool winner. The demonstrator engine accumulated 1,800 cycles in the latest round of tests, which included exposure to harsh environmental conditions of dust and debris.


Free Ceramics Expo webinar on navigating material manufacturing for medical devices

Register now for a free one hour webinar on Thursday, February 23. The webinar will feature a 25 minute presentation by Gary Fischman followed by a Q&A with expert comments on the implications of these regulations on medical device and material manufacturing.


Made in USA: Growing panes for a high-tech window company

SageGlass invented dynamic glass—“tint on demand” windows that use special coatings and low voltages of electricity to filter out varying degrees of light. The small company started in 1989 in New York. Then in 2012, French building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain acquired SageGlass.


3M increases dividend for the 59th consecutive year

The 3M Board of Directors declared a dividend on the company’s common stock of $1.175 per share for the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 6% over the quarterly dividend paid in 2016. This marks the 59th consecutive year 3M has increased its dividend. The company has paid dividends to its shareholders without interruption for 100 years.


Venezuela’s Guardian plant to be run by state-owned firm

The former Guardian Industries glass factory in Venezuela, which was seized by the country’s socialist government in July 2016, will now be operated by Venvidrio, a state-run company that was created from the takeover of another U.S.-based glass company, Owens-Illinois.


Plibrico offers innovative refractory materials for aluminum processing

Plibrico Company LLC offers a complete line of castable refractories and gun mixes for aluminum processing applications. From non-wetting to aluminum-resistant to phosphate-bonded castable refractories, Plibrico refractories are designed to withstand the environments in all aluminum furnaces as well as transfer equipment.


NIST, partners ‘cutting the cord’ (and wires) from factory communication networks

NIST is working with private-sector collaborators to overcome obstacles and make industrial wireless communication a more viable choice. The latest milestone in this effort is a newly published study in which rigorous scientific experiments evaluated how well radio frequency signals propagated in three factory environments.


Webinar: Multiscale approach to bridging Materials Genome and structural analysis

Materials Genome Initiative aims to deliver the required infrastructure and training to accelerate discovery, developing, manufacturing, and deploying of advanced materials in a more expeditious and economical way. Thus, materials genome must integrate with structural analysis to maximize the benefits of accelerated development of advanced structural materials.


Pilkington to invest $7.5M in upgrades to Versailles facility

Pilkington North America Inc. plans to invest $7.5 million in technology and manufacturing upgrades to its Versailles, Ky. facilities. The company plans to purchase new equipment to meet the current and future demands of customers. Its newly developed proprietary technology will support production of formed glass pieces and assemble windshields with head-up displays.


Glass-friendly sectors finish year strong and increase employment

Construction sectors that use lots of glass, including office and commercial buildings, saw double-digit increases in 2016, according to USGNN.com’s examination of Bureau of Economic Analysis data released this week. This was followed by a positive January construction employment report—in terms of glazing-related fields—from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nano Dimension to develop advanced 3-D-printed ceramics

Nano Dimension Ltd. announced that its subsidiary will be developing advanced ceramic materials that can be 3-D printed using inkjet technology. The new project has approved a budget of roughly $372,000. According to the company, the Israel Innovation Authority will finance 50% of the aforementioned budget to support the project.


Şişecam Group to build new glass fiber plant in Turkey

Şişecam Group will invest 100 million Euros to build a glass fiber production plant in Turkey. “The investment is a strategic decision to support the growth strategy and the Group will continue to grow through new investments, new partnerships and acquisitions.”


SCP Limited expands in Europe and establishes sales office for hot surface igniters

SCP Limited continues to experience rapid growth as a result of an extensive investment in the development and processing of advanced ceramic materials used in the manufacturing of hot surface igniters. Based on customer response, SCP is expanding its presence in Europe.


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