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Published on March 24th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on March 24th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


America may miss out on the next industrial revolution

Robots are inevitably going to automate millions of jobs in the U.S. and around the world, but there’s an even more complex scenario on the horizon. America, which has outsourced much of its manufacturing and lacks serious investment in industrial robotics, may miss out on the world’s next radical shift in how goods are produced.


Indonesia wants to be world’s fourth-largest ceramics producer

The government aims to fully utilize the national production capacity of ceramics to make Indonesia the fourth-largest ceramics producer worldwide. Last year, Indonesia’s ceramics production reached 350 million square meters, or only 60.3% of its estimated total capacity of 580 million square meters a year.


Rare change of heart: Let’s mine our own crucial metals

After years of passively relying on China to supply our military with crucial materials for the production of high-tech weapons systems, the United States is taking some important steps toward restoring its ability to harvest its own so-called rare earths.


ACerS members save 50% on crystalline silica control workshop

Robovent’s Clean Air Academy provides the basics of industrial ventilation systems to mitigate respirable crystalline silica exposure within your plant through engineering controls. The two-day course will help make well-informed decisions regarding the exposure control plans within your facility. ACerS members can sign up for the next course, April 18–19, for 50% off!


Dieter Kurz confirmed as chairman of supervisory boards at Schott and Zeiss

The supervisory boards of Schott AG and Carl Zeiss AG have once again each elected Dieter Kurz as chairman. Kurz has chaired the boards of the special glass manufacturer and the optics and optoelectronics company since 2012, and he is also chairman of the shareholder council of the Carl Zeiss Foundation, the sole owner of the two companies.


TechCode, Silicon Catalyst team up to boost semiconductor startups

TechCode and Silicon Catalyst have recently partnered to spur advancement in the semiconductor ecosystem through fostering the reach of startup companies. Startups on both sides will benefit, delivering innovative silicon and electronic systems which will be applicable to a variety of industries across the globe.


Plant transformation: Maximize labor and gain a competitive edge with automation

Automated manufacturing technology, particularly high-speed automation, has been a topic of conversation for insulated glass manufacturers in particular for the past few years and it continues to proliferate across both the residential and commercial sectors of the glass space.


Glass industry-relevant employment numbers on the up

The nonresidential building and specialty trade contractors categories, which include contract glaziers and building exterior contractors, saw increased employment in February. Nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 21,500 jobs for the month and 76,300 over the year, for increases of 0.9% and 3.2%, respectively.


Ilika and Galvani Bioelectronics enter into collaboration in bioelectronics project

Ilika announced a two-year collaborative project with Galvani Bioelectronics to develop a solid state battery for miniature medical implants. This collaboration aims to deliver key components of bioelectronic devices, which have the potential to provide treatments for serious health conditions, through the body’s own nervous system.


Guardian to add laminated glass line at Hungary plant

Guardian Glass is adding a new laminated glass production line at its Oroshaza, Hungary, plant in response to a growing demand for laminated glass products in Europe. The new line will produce both standard and coated laminated glass, as well as specialty products such as acoustic, colored, and thick laminated glass.


China’s Fuyao to seek $135 million for manufacturing plant

China-based Fuyao Group plans to borrow $135 million for the operations of Moraine-based Fuyao Glass America Inc. Specifically, Fuyao is applying for $80 million in composite credit facilities from the U.S. branch of London-based HSBC Bank and $55 million from JPMorgan Chase Bank.


CeramTec presents new zirconium oxide dental material at IDS 2017

CeramTec will present its newly developed dental ceramic, Zirconium Oxide Bright, at the IDS in Cologne, Germany. The material combines translucency and strength to the maximum extent and covers more indications and applications than ever.


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