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Published on April 7th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on April 7th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


ETS Wound Care gains FDA clearance for Mirragen borate glass matrix

ETS Wound Care LLC announced Mirragen Advanced Wound Matrix was cleared by the United States FDA for treatment of acute and chronic wounds. Mirragen is a fully resorbable borate glass matrix comprised of fibers and beads proven to be highly effective in wound care management.


As the US scientific workforce ages, the younger generation faces the implications

Between 1993 and 2010, the age of the average researcher in industry and academia rose from 45.1 to 46.8, thanks especially to a sizable increase in the number over 55. And one of the concerns is whether increasingly older researchers are crowding out younger ones when competing for limited resources.


Ceramics boss: ‘We are looking at the US’

With Theresa May set to invoke Article 50, kickstarting the process for the U.K. to leave the E.U., BBC News asks if businesses are changing their strategies to cope with Brexit. Paul Farmer, boss of Wade Ceramics in Stoke-on-Trent, says he has been on several visits to the U.S. as he increasingly looks to export across the Atlantic.


Heraeus acquires Swiss precious metals processor Argor-Heraeus

Heraeus has acquired Swiss precious metals processor Argor-Heraeus, which will make Heraeus the world’s largest provider of precious metals services. In addition to its current share of approximately 33%, Heraeus will also acquire the stakes of former co-owners and the shares of Argor’s management.


Top 10 high growth ceramics market—Global forecast to 2021

A new market report provides a detailed analysis of the top 10 high growth avenues within the global ceramics market. Markets considered include electrical ceramics and electronics ceramics, ceramic coatings, and technical ceramics, among others.


Installing ceramic sand screens

Sand has long been one of the major challenges for oil and gas operators and service companies as it can seriously limit production. 3M has developed a ceramic sand screen due to the material’s resistance to erosion or corrosion in harsh downhole environments.


Veolia to build £10M high-grade glass recycling plant in St. Helens, UK

Veolia has teamed up with U.K. mineral wool insulation manufacturer Knauf Insulation to supply high-quality recycled glass from packaging. The deal will see the construction of a state-of-the-art glass cullet processing facility that will process it to a ‘furnace-ready’ quality.


‘Energy-harvesting’ clear glass created by Perth team

Developed at the Electron Science Research Institute at Edith Cowan University, the glass contains special nanoparticles, with solar cells around its borders. Director of the ESRI Kamal Alameh described it as a game changer for the industry.


Foreign trade group recommends anti-dumping duty on clear float glass from Iran

In order to safeguard the domestic industry from cheap imports, Directorate General of Foreign Trade has recommended imposition of anti-dumping duty on the imports of clear float glass, which is used in construction, refrigeration, mirror, and solar energy industries, from Iran.


Pilkington glass factory to close at Queenborough with loss of 14 jobs

Pilkington Automotive announced it is planning to close its Queenborough factory on the Isle of Sheppey in the U.K. with the loss of 14 full-time jobs. The factory was originally set up to make simple laminated windscreens and still provides most of the glass for classic cars.


Khaled W. Awad elected president of American Concrete Institute

The American Concrete Institute recently introduced its 2017–2018 president, vice president, and four board members. Khaled W. Awad has been elected to serve as president, Randall W. Poston as vice president, and David A. Lange as senior vice president.


How corporate mergers could impact the semiconductor industry

Over the past year, the semiconductor industry has been shaken up with a barrage of corporate mergers and acquisitions. These high-profile mergers and acquisitions could have negative ramifications on the industry’s pricing, purchasing options, and innovation growth.


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