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


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

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


HarbisonWalker International announces CEO transition

HarbisonWalker International announced that Stephen Delo will retire as chairman and CEO effective June 30, 2017. The HWI board of directors has elected Carol R. Jackson to be HWI’s next chairman and CEO, effective July 1, 2017. Jackson currently serves as senior vice president and general manager at HWI.


AGC publishes sustainability report for European business

AGC Glass Europe recently released its annual sustainability report. According to the company, the total energy output of its on-site photovoltaic installations reached 6,697 megawatt hours in 2016. The company also has reduced its direct CO2 emissions by 11% since 2002.


Innovnano to present data on synthesis and applications for 2YSZ powder at ECerS 2017

Innovnano recently announced the launch of its new 2 mol % yttria-stabilised zirconia (2YSZ), produced using a unique synthesis method that imparts outstanding fracture toughness and resistance to ageing. Innovnano will present new data on its unique synthesis process and applications for the new 2YSZ at ECerS 2017 in Budapest, Hungary, July 9–13.


Lucideon announces new materials drying process webinar

Lucideon is hosting a webinar titled ‘Optimization of the Drying Process—a way to Maximize Process Efficiency and Product Quality’ on July 18 at 10 am (EDT). The webinar will look into a number of advanced drying techniques, their pros and cons, and also discuss how these drying techniques help to improve manufacturing processes.


First International Convention of Glass Industry Associations meets in Italy

The first International Convention of Glass Industry Associations met in Murano, Venice, on June 21–22. The two-day event, organized by Vitrum and backed by the Italian Trade Agency, welcomed representatives of glass industry associations and journalists from the trade press from around the world.


Greg Hilmas named interim chair of materials science and engineering

Gregory E. Hilmas, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of ceramic engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named interim chair of the materials science and engineering department at Missouri S&T, effective July 1.


Guardian Industries rewards hard-working students

Guardian Industries Corp. and its U.S. subsidiaries eased some college planning worries for 20 students throughout the U.S. by recognizing their hard work and academic achievement with scholarships through the Guardian Industries Educational Foundation.


NREL at 40: Research efforts drive advanced energy

As July marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, an energy revolution is sweeping the nation, creating new opportunities for American workers, driving innovation, and ensuring U.S. energy security. The laboratory is poised to lead America into the future—for the next 40 years and beyond.


HarbisonWalker breaking new ground on refractory plant in Ohio

On June 8, HarbisonWalker International broke ground for construction of a new $30 million state-of-the-art monolithic refractory plant at The Point Industrial Park in South Point, Lawrence County, Ohio. HWI expects initial capacity at the new monolithic plant to be approximately 80,000 metric tons per year.


Sika Automotive adds capacity at Missouri facility

Sika Global Automotive announced start-up and commissioning of a newly installed reactor at its Grandview, Mo., manufacturing facility. The reactor will allow for a more efficient supply base in the manufacture of bulk intermediates while also enabling further addition of new technologies.


Element completes Exova acquisition

Element Materials Technology has announced completion of its acquisition of Exova PLC. This transaction joins together two of the world’s leading testing companies to create a single global testing organization. The combined company now has more than 6,200 employees and will consist of 200 laboratories located in more than 30 countries.


World’s first electroluminescent paint to light up skies on Airbus jets

Darkside Scientific, creators of LumiLor Light Emitting Coating, is working with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus to create electroluminescent exterior markings for aircraft. LumiLor, the world’s first and only patented electroluminescent paint, allows manufacturers to design with light in ways previously impossible.


How smart machines will transform the entire supply chain

The Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 hold the promise of unleashing profound change throughout the industry. Including a multitude of technologies and ideas that are poised to make a massive impact, these initiatives bring more of a focus on manufacturing flexibility, increasing automation levels and digitization.


AGC Glass to install new coater in North America

AGC Glass will install a new MSVD glass coater in North America to serve the residential and commercial glass markets. The company will announce the coater’s location in the near future. “This investment in North America … positions us to exceed the needs of our customers for the long term,” says Mark Twente, director of marketing for AGC Glass North America.


Washington takes aim at skilled labor concerns

The construction industry, particularly in specialty trades such as glass and glazing, has plenty of work on its plate. The question is whether it can continue to meet demand with a shortage in skilled labor and quality craft workers.


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