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Published on August 4th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on August 4th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Cell3Ditor uses ceramic 3-D printing to improve production of solid oxide fuel cells

A pioneering new project, Cell3Ditor, by the Catalan Energy Research Institute is now aiming to leverage ceramics 3-D printing to help the environment more directly, with the production of new, more efficient fuel cells.


Vietnam builds first ultra-clear float glass factory

The construction of an ultra-clear float glass factory, the first of its kind in Vietnam, kicked off on July 24. The plant, owned by the Phu My Ultra Clear Float Glass Co. Ltd., has total investment of about $114.4 million and is set to produce 600 tonnes of product per day.


ACI partners with new distributor to offer wider access to knowledge base

SAI Global recently became the American Concrete Institute’s newest distributor of ACI-published content. Through its network of distributors, ACI content can be accessed digitally and on-demand by multiple employees at the same time, at multiple locations worldwide.


Saint-Gobain reports significant progress in first half results across the board

Saint-Gobain’s results for the first half of 2017 confirmed the encouraging trends seen in 2016, particularly in France. Excluding the one-off impact of the cyber-attack, the group grew at its fastest rate since the first half of 2011 translating into double-digit growth in operating income.


Department of Energy ‘Sunshot’ aims to accelerate solar R&D

The Sunshot Initiative is a U.S. Department of Energy effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. DOE recently announced a $46.2 million investment for 48 projects to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies.


Britain unveils plan to boost electric battery R&D

The British government revealed another segment of the country’s plan to boost economic growth after the exit from the European Union is completed. The ‘Faraday Challenge’ is the first phase of a $320 million government investment fund focusing on R&D efforts regarding electric batteries.


100x faster, 10x cheaper: 3D metal printing is about to go mainstream

Desktop Metal is preparing to turn manufacturing on its head, with a 3-D metal printing system that’s so much faster, safer, and cheaper than existing systems that it’s going to compete with traditional mass manufacturing processes.


Glass manufacturers increase productivity

Productivity in glass and glazing manufacturing has been a mixed bag over the last two decades, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS recently released a 2015 report that measures output per unit of combined inputs for 86 major manufacturing segments.


CAMX 2017 announces detailed conference program

A full schedule of the conference program for the second annual Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX)—taking place in Orlando, Fla., from September 11–14, 2017—is now available online.


Ferrotec announces Nigel Hunton to be president and chief operating officer

Ferrotec (USA) Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Ferrotec Holdings Corp., a global supplier of materials, components and precision system solutions, today announced that Nigel Hunton has joined the company as president and chief operating officer.


Vitro Glass publishes architectural glass environmental product declarations

Vitro Architectural Glass published third-party-verified, product-specific type III environmental product declarations for its flat glass and processed glass products. According to the company, it is the first architectural glass manufacturer in North America to do so.


Albuquerque startup developing material for hydrogen cars

A New Mexico startup is betting on automakers to develop hydrogen cars and wants to provide material for them as nations and companies scramble to bring pollution-free vehicles to drivers. The Albuquerque-based Pajarito Powder is developing material for hydrogen fuel cells.


Saint-Gobain acquires Kirson, the German reinforcement products specialist

Saint-Gobain has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the equity capital of Kirson, a major actor on the European laid scrim market. Kirson makes products for the waterproofing roofing markets as well as floor coverings and construction panels.


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