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Published on April 28th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on April 28th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Kyocera expands industrial ceramic manufacturing operations in Washington state

Kyocera International Inc. conducted a grand opening ceremony for a $10 million expansion of its manufacturing operations in Washington. The newly constructed building expands the company’s local manufacturing presence by more than 50% and could create up to 50 new employment positions over the next few years.


NASA eyes fusion reactor engines, extraterrestrial drilling with latest investments

NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 277 American small businesses and 44 research institutions that will enable NASA’s future missions into deep space, and advancements in aviation and science, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.9 million.


Jolywood and Heraeus Photovoltaics form new R&D cooperation

Heraeus Photovoltaics, a provider of technology and service solutions for the renewable energy industry, and Jolywood, a manufacturer of advanced solar cell technologies, signed a strategic R&D cooperation agreement to develop next generation metallization solutions for n-type mono bifacial solar cells to significantly improve performance and costs efficiencies.


Bosch opens new plant in China to produce components for automated driving

German engineering and electronics giant Bosch has announced its plans to open a new plant in the southeastern Chinese city of Changzhou. The firm is showing its confidence to the tune of 800 million CNY (100 million euros) in investments in the site by 2019.


Toyota Mirai’s fuel cell system scales up for semi trucks

The Toyota Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle is so far a niche vehicle, but that hasn’t stopped Toyota from dreaming big—really big. Project Portal is a proof of concept semi truck that runs on a scaled-up version of the Mirai’s powertrain.


A special veneer coating to preserve ladle preheaters

If you’re in the steel industry, especially the melt shop, you know how difficult it can be to get several heats from your ladles, much less from your ladle pre-heat covers. What do you do when your ladle pre-heat cover develops hotspots, loses its efficiency and runs hotter than normal?


Innovnano’s ceramic powder offers alternative to 3YSZ for structural ceramic applications

Innovnano, a European manufacturer of zirconia-based powders, has developed a ready-to-press 2mol% yttria-stabilised zirconia (2YSZ) with outstanding fracture toughness. Despite having a lower percentage of stabilising yttria, Innovnano’s 2YSZ has the added benefit of ageing and stability comparable to that of 3YSZ.


Piezo Kinetics acquires CTG’s Ceramics Division

Piezo Kinetics Inc., manufacturer of specialty piezoelectric ceramic elements and assemblies, has acquired Channel Technologies Group’s (CTG) Ceramics Division, a subsidiary that manufactures piezoelectric ceramics for the medical, energy, defense, and commercial maritime industries.


Amedica gets regulatory clearance for Valeo silicon nitride spinal implants in Australia

Amedica Corporation has been granted marketing clearance for its Valeo interbody fusion devices in Australia. The Valeo product line is made entirely of Amedica’s proprietary medical grade silicon nitride ceramic.


Missouri S&T concrete conference to be held May 2–3

Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the annual Missouri Concrete Conference, May 2–3. Conference topics include slag cement concrete; colored concrete; steel fibers in building construction; impact of air quality control on fly ash properties; and much more. Conference registration is $150 per person.


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