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Published on March 10th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on March 10th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Morgan Advanced Materials supplies composite armor for amphibious vehicles

Sixteen development prototypes for the U.S. Marine Corps’ next-generation Amphibious Combat Vehicles 1.1 will be fitted with special composite armor systems from Morgan Advanced Materials, after the business was awarded a contract with Science Applications International Corp.


Rise of silica: Nanotechnology innovation creates opportunity for novel product development

Research and development divisions can leverage silica coatings’ ability to act as a durable and resilient host for functional materials, which when added to the surfaces of existing products, creates a variety of enhanced effects. Such functionality can be a game changer for the creation of products only feasible with this new glass-based coating.


POSCO expands production of its non-oriented silicon steel

POSCO recently expanded its non-oriented silicon steel facility at Pohang Steel Works, which will provide environmentally-friendly electric vehicle drive motors. With the completion of the project, POSCO’s top-grade non-oriented silicon steel production has increased from 80,000 to 160,000 tons—enough to supply parts for ~2.6 million electric vehicle drive motors.


Saint-Gobain glass sales increase

Saint-Gobain’s flat glass segment increased sales by 6.5% in 2016, according to the company’s latest financial release. The increase in glass sales was led by the construction and automotive sectors in Asia and emerging countries.


Fuyao Glass America posts big loss in 2016

Fuyao Glass America Inc. posted a $41 million loss in 2016, but the company expects to be on the right track this year amid the surge of its China-based parent. In the calendar year, Fuyao Group invested $237 million in the Fuyao plant in Moraine, which opened and entered full-scale production in October of last year.


Swiss Sanitary technology company, Geberit, announces India consumer market foray

Europe’s leading sanitary technology brand, Geberit, has announced plans to foray into India’s premium consumer-facing sanitary products market. With this objective, Geberit showcased couple of high end sanitary products they plan to roll out in India market from April this year at the recently concluded ISH 2017 at Greater Noida in Delhi NCR.


TenCate to launch next generation composite materials at JEC World 2017

TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced composite materials, will be launching their next generation of fiber reinforced composite materials for aerospace and high performance industrial applications during JEC World 2017.


Chinese tech giant Xiaomi eyes global market with custom chip

Chinese technology giant Xiaomi on Tuesday unveiled an in-house processor, setting its sights on a top-tier global market long dominated by American companies. With the launch of its Surge S1 chipset, Xiaomi joins a rarified group of smartphone manufacturers with self-designed processors—the only others are Apple, Samsung, and Chinese telecom company Huawei.


Landmark Ceramics opens with success, plans to add third shift for production

Eight months ago, Landmark Ceramics opened its North American headquarters with an ambitious plan to produce high-quality porcelain tile 24 hours a day. Things have gone so beautifully, the Mt. Pleasant site will add a third shift before the end of summer, possibly as early as May.


Optimization: How to fight for productivity without getting into technology traps

Today, manufacturers face high competition, driven by the needs of the ever-more demanding customer. Consumers want their products to be smart, to be connected, and to be personalized, and manufacturers are scrambling to work as efficiently as possible to deliver quality goods at the lowest cost possible.


Create the Future contest now accepting entries

Do you have a new product, invention, or design idea that could create jobs, improve daily life, save time/money, help the environment, or benefit society in other ways? The 15th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest is now accepting entries for its top prize of $20,000. There is no cost to enter, and everything to gain.


China’s ‘glass king’ to complete U.S. expansion despite Trump tensions

China’s largest auto glass manufacturer, Fuyao Glass Industry Group, will press ahead with investments worth about $1 billion in the United States this year despite criticism at home amid growing China-U.S. tensions, the company’s chairman said.


Tom-Tom Tools integrates Exergen IR microsensor into temperature measurement tool for cement

Exergen Global announced that TomTom-Tools is employing Exergen’s micro IRt/c-K as part of a customized solution to help its cement manufacturing customers maintain ideal operating temperatures and increase production.


Asahi India Glass enters retrofitting market

Asahi India Glass has entered the glass replacement and retrofitting market by introducing a new product named AIS Renew. The product doesn’t interfere with the functioning of the building nor does it require any scaffolding which makes it an ideal solution for energy-saving renovations in existing buildings, claims the firm.


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