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Published on August 21st, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on August 21st, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD


UNITECR 2015 comes to Vienna in September

The 14th UNITECR Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories (UNITECR) will take place at the Hofburg in Vienna from September 15–18, coinciding with the 58th International Colloquium on Refractories. The motto of the congress is “Partnership in Materials and Technology.” There was a surprisingly large response of 342 abstracts submitted from 37 countries. From these a total of 180 papers and 120 poster presentations were selected for the scientific program. In addition, the conference program offers courses in refractories education (FIRE) and international standardization.


Materion Corp. contributes to OSHA’s proposal to reduce beryllium exposure

Mayfield Heights-based Materion Corp. had a part to play in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recently released proposal to lower workplace exposure to beryllium. Materion is the only U.S. producer of pure beryllium metal and a significant producer of beryllium alloys and compounds, the company said in a news release praising the proposal.


Critical Materials Institute rare-earth recycling invention licensed to US Rare Earths

A new technology developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute that aids in the recycling, recovery, and extraction of rare earth minerals has been licensed to U.S. Rare Earths Inc. The membrane solvent extraction system, invented by CMI partners Oak Ridge and Idaho national laboratories, is the first commercially licensed technology developed through the CMI.


Corning Watch: Specialty glass weathers falling demand

For one of Corning Inc.’s major products, there’s good news and bad news, according to a major market analysis firm. The product is glass for TFT-LCD displays. Corning Inc. liquid crystal display glass, made primarily in Asia, is a significant player in the global market. First, the bad news: IHS Inc., which monitors the market for these displays, says revenue for flat-panel displays will fall this year to $129 billion from $131.4 billion last year, a dip of about 2%.


Schott appoints Michael Platt to plant manager of Duryea facility

Schott North America has appointed Michael Platt as plant manager at Schott’s Duryea manufacturing facility. Platt has worked more than 30 years in the manufacturing sector, and he will apply his leadership skills and knowledge of specialty machining and manufacturing to the plant’s optics and glass operations. In his new role, Platt will lead the transformation of the plant, as the optics manufacturing and finishing operations return to full strength following March’s fire.


In-depth viscosity measurement training from Brookfield

Brookfield Engineering, the world standard for viscosity measurement and control, offers its Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements. This popular course is designed to help Brookfield viscometer users comprehend the functionality of their instrument, solve the mysteries of fluid behavior and Rheology, and create successful and repeatable viscosity test methods for use in both R&D and QA/QC environments.


US factory output climbed in July, lifted by auto production

Auto plants, clothing makers, and plastics factories drove a sharp rebound in U.S. manufacturing in July. U.S. factory production climbed 0.8% last month after revisions showed that output had dipped 0.3% in June, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The gains suggested that manufacturers are adjusting to the obstacles of a stronger dollar, tepid economic growth abroad and lower oil prices, which have led energy companies to slash their orders for equipment and pipelines.


Harper now offering microwave testing for new material process development

Harper International now offers microwave testing as part of its Ignite program in its Research and Pilot facility. Microwave heating provides significant benefits over conventional heating because the material to be processed is the heating element. All non-metallic and electrically non-conducting materials can be tested in temperatures ranging from 600°–1800°C. Applications include, but are not limited to; ceramic processing, powders, shaped ceramics, activated carbon, battery materials and food processing.


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