Published on June 23rd, 2017 | By: April Gocha0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on June 23rd, 2017 | By: April Gocha
Clay and refractory building materials and ceramics manufacturing saw hard-fought growth of 2.7% annually from 2011 to 2016. However, financial successes of the past may not last long. In the coming years, the sector will undergo cost challenges from all angles.
Nano Dimension Ltd. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd., is working to develop 3-D ceramic materials that can be used in inkjet technology, thus allowing the printing of low density and high thickness objects for space applications.
The second annual AM Ceramics will take place September 11–12, 2017, at the Falkensteiner Hotel Vienna. The two-day event presents strategies for successful integration of additive manufacturing of ceramics into production processes.
On June 10—over two years after a fire that caused approximately $50 million in damage to Schott North America’s Duryea, Pa. glass plant—the company held an open house to show the $20 million in renovations and refurbishing done since 2015.
Guardian Glass’ new jumbo coater will be installed at its Carleton, Mich. glass manufacturing complex. The site is also strategically located across from the company’s leading Science and Technology Center.
John Flannery, current president and CEO of GE Healthcare, has been named CEO of GE effective August 1, 2017. Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO, will remain chairman of the board through his retirement from the company on December 31, 2017.
Morocco’s Super Cérame, a leader in the production of ceramic stone floor and wall tiles, has launched the construction of a new ceramic plant with an investment of $30.6 million. The subsidiary aims at increasing its production capacity, currently at 120,000 m2 per day.
Metamaterial Technologies Inc., which recently signed a $5.6 million agreement with Lockheed Martin to further develop its metaSOLAR product, looks to enter the solar power market by providing advanced photovoltaic technology to the aerospace and defense industry.
The U.S. DOE announced ~$15.8 million for 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of novel, low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production and storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles. Selected projects will leverage national lab consortia launched under DOE’s Energy Materials Network this past year.
Imports of flat glass to the United States increased in April and are up on a year-to-date basis compared to 2016, according to U.S. Department of Commerce data. Exports of the product were flat for the month but down through the first four months of the year.
Customs is intending to impose anti-dumping duty on the imports of clear float glass of nominal thickness ranging 4–12 mm from Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. The countries have been put under review as they have been dumping clear float glass at cheaper rates.
The ceramic industry of Morbi is staring at a business slowdown in the wake of the imposition of the proposed 28% rate of the goods and services tax on the sector. Stockists have already applied brakes on new purchases in a bid to neutralize their inventories.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $32 million in funding for 16 projects as part of two new ARPA-E programs: ENergy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks that Enhance Datacenters and Power Nitride Doping Innovation Offers Devices Enabling SWITCHES.
Royal Ceramics PLC is considering investing in production facilities overseas due to the difficulties in sourcing raw materials locally. However, RCL spent Rs.1.2 billion to upgrade its production capacity in its factories located in Horana, Eheliyagoda, and Homagama last year.
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