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


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

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


3DCeram renews partnership with Science of Ceramic Processes and Surface Treatment

Advanced ceramics company 3DCeram has renewed its partnership with the Science of Ceramic Processes and Surface Treatment with a three-year agreement. The affiliation will allow the two companies to tackles issues relating to additive manufacturing and to plan for the future of 3-D ceramic printing.


Alcoa Corporation streamlines company structure

Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products, today announced that it is consolidating its business units to reduce complexity. Its aluminum smelting, cast products, and rolled products businesses, along with the majority of the energy segment assets, will be combined into a new Alcoa Aluminum business unit.


Morgan Advanced Materials recruits highest number of female graduates ever

Morgan Advanced Materials has announced more than 50% of its latest graduate intake is comprised of women from all over Europe. This is a significant increase on the company’s previous graduate recruitment campaign of which 20% of recruits were female.


Guardian Glass approves engineering design spend for additional float glass facility in Poland

Guardian Glass is spending $1.5 million for detailed engineering designs and site reviews for a potential second float glass facility in Poland. Guardian Glass currently operates a float glass plant in Czestochowa, Poland, and is considering adding capacity with a second plant to meet its growing demand for coated and fabricated glass products.


US solar market set new record in 2016

The solar market in the United States had its best year on record in 2016, according to researchers with the Solar Energy Industries Association. In a study published by the industry group, researchers note the solar market nearly doubled its previous record, and added more electric generating capacity than any other source for the first time in history.


Ford begins testing 3-D printing large car parts for cost-effective customization

Ford Motor Company announced that they’ve begun testing 3-D printing of large-scale parts, using tech provided by Stratasys. The pilot project is designed to find out how Ford might be able to use 3-D printing to make large parts, tooling, and components at relatively small volumes.


Ruling: Saint-Gobain Ceramics plant in Texas won’t have adverse effects

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has determined that the expansion permit application for Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics Inc. to expand its ceramic catalyst manufacturing plant meets legal requirements. The decision, though, doesn’t yet authorize the construction or operation of the proposed six kilns at the plant.


How smart factories are changing the manufacturing industry

We are entering a new era of manufacturing, one in which computers and machines are coming together to perform automated actions. Even more impressive, they are able to do this with less and less human involvement, learning from their mistakes and teaching themselves to constantly perform better.


Vitro acquires PGW’s original equipment automotive glass business

Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. acquired Pittsburgh Glass Works’ automotive original equipment manufacturer glass business from LKQ Corporation. The acquisition completes the agreement announced last December for $310 million, free of cash and debt.


NREL Industry Growth Forum connects clean energy startups and investors

Clean energy innovation will be on display April 13–14 in Denver, Colo., as 30 small businesses present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts as the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum.


Sika Global Automotive announces ISO certification for China manufacturing facility

Sika Global Automotive announced that its Suzhou, China, manufacturing facility has achieved ISO/TS 16949 certification. Specifically, the certification validates the robust processes in place for the design and manufacture of highly engineered injection molded parts.


UK ceramics industry welcomes research funding

Ceramics manufacturers have welcomed new government support for R&D in the United Kingdom. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £300 million fund to support new research and said the government would reduce administrative burdens associated with R&D tax credits.


Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy faces huge cuts

An office within the Department of Energy that does extensive work with fenestration and glazing technology could be facing massive cuts under a proposed Trump administration budget plan. The news comes the same week that plans were revealed to “closeout or transfer” the EPA’s popular Energy Star program.


Glasspex India and Glasspro India 2017 established as industry hub for region

The 5th edition of glasspex India and the premiere staging of glasspro India closed successfully at the India Expo Mart Greater Noida. Over 130 companies from 16 countries showcased their technologies on 47,360 square feet of exhibit space to more than 4,150 trade visitors.


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