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Published on May 26th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on May 26th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


AGC begins mass production of 3-D curved cover glass for car-mounted displays

AGC Asahi Glass announced it has started mass production of 3-D curved cover glass for car-mounted displays at its Keihin plant in Japan for the first time ever. The company also decided to boost production capacity to respond to increasing demand for its product.


New jobs to be created at ceramics raw materials producer Valentine Clays

A ceramics firm has opened a new £3m headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent, with plans to create about 25 new jobs. Valentine Clays produces raw materials for the ceramics industry, supplying local firms as well as others across the world.


Quantum Materials granted patent, honored by Gartner as 2017 Cool Vendor in 3D Printing

Quantum Materials Corp. announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company patent # 9577149 for the continuous synthesis of high quantum yield InP/ZnS nanocrystals.


How productive are glass and glazing manufacturers?

Manufacturers in the glass and glazing industry saw a decline in labor productivity in 2016, according to USGNN.com analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. For perspective, only 31 of the 90 manufacturing and mining industries in the report increased productivity for the year.


PPG makes statement regarding AkzoNobel

PPG has reviewed AkzoNobel’s May 8, 2017, response to PPG’s revised proposal of April 24, 2017. PPG continues to believe that its proposal is vastly superior in shareholder value creation compared to AkzoNobel’s new standalone plan and that a combination of the two companies is in the best interests of all stakeholders, including employees.


Gannon & Scott introduces advanced metals recovery system at SUR/FIN 2017

Metals refiner Gannon & Scott Inc. will introduce its new TRu3TecTM thermal reduction system that can recover precious metals from residual plating wastes with high efficiency at SUR/FIN 2017 in Atlanta, Ga., June 19–21. The new system can process combustible materials with even a low percentage of precious metals such as ion exchange resins, plating filters, and rags.


POSCO completes construction of new steel forming laboratory

POSCO recently finished constructing its Steel Forming Laboratory that will enable the company to evaluate products in a production environment. The lab will evaluate products by looking at properties such as formability, weldability, coating weight, corrosion resistance, and fatigue life.


JEOL introduces world’s fastest direct write electron beam tool

JEOL enters its 51st year as an industry leader in electron beam lithography design and manufacturing with the introduction of a new high throughput spot beam direct write system, the JBX-8100FS.


PPG, Vision Systems to develop aircraft window shading applications

PPG and Vision Systems have reached a commercial agreement to work together on developing new applications utilizing Vision Systems’ electronically dimmable window shading solutions for aircraft. The agreement provides a framework to pursue opportunities in commercial, regional, military, and general aviation applications.


SolarWindow electricity-generating glass successfully withstands lamination process

SolarWindow Technologies Inc. successfully tested its transparent electricity-generating glass through an autoclave system at a commercial fabricator facility, clearing another hurdle for the use of the glass in architectural applications. The company’s electricity-generating coatings are applied between glass and laminate interlayer during manufacturing.


Vitro Architectural Glass adds topics to online glass education center

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) added three new topics to its Glass Education Center site. The new topics are: how to read color in glass; optimal low-E coating placement for double- and triple-glazed insulating glass units; and cost considerations in specifying Vitro Architectural Glass.


Saint-Gobain appoints new senior vice president of human resources

Saint-Gobain announced the appointment of Valerie Gervais as senior vice president of human resources for Saint-Gobain Corporation. In this role, Valerie will be responsible for the strategy and governance of human resources.


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