Published on August 11th, 2017 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on August 11th, 2017 | By: April Gocha, PhD
On Monday, 300,000 tons of molten glass spilled like a volcano from a ruptured tank at the Owens-Illinois glass plant in Ohio. Molten glass from the Owens-Illinois glass plant wrapped itself around structural beams in the plant, causing deep concern that the glass would melt the beams and cause the building to collapse.
BCC Research anticipates the global market for 3-D printing of technical ceramics to reach $174 million and $544 million in 2017 and 2022, respectively, achieving a 25.6% CAGR. Growing penetration in different sectors, new manufacturing processes with high-throughput and lower production costs, and increased R&D activities are driving the growth.
Japan Display said Wednesday it would slash 3,700 jobs, or about 30% of its workforce. Citing intense competition, the struggling smartphone screen maker said it would cut 3,500 positions at overseas assembly plants and another 240 jobs from its payroll in Japan.
China’s crackdown on polluting factories has hit India’s imports of refractory material, with the steel, cement, aluminum, and glass industries facing the heat. The new environment tax policy in China has forced raw material suppliers there to scale down production.
The Fraunhofer Center for High temperature Lightweight Construction location in Bayreuth, Germany, will be expanded by a ceramic fiber pilot plant for oxydic and non-oxydic ceramic fibers. The ceramic fiber plant will start up in January 2019. BJS Ceramics GmbH from Gersthofen, Germany, is a key partner.
Guardian’s newest jumbo coater, under construction at its Carleton, Michigan glass manufacturing complex, is a major milestone in a long history of oversized glass production from the company that delivers solutions to architects and fabricators around the world.
Tucked away near Pittsburgh International Airport is the U.S. operation of a company that has quietly grown to be one of the most respected suppliers of research-grade metals, ceramics, and polymers in the world. Goodfellow celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The Slag Cement Association announced the launch of www.slagcement.org—its new, mobile-friendly website featuring slag cement-related tools, resources, and downloadable materials to serve the needs of ready-mix producers, engineers, and other industry professionals.
Ferro Corp., a maker of coatings and color products, said it has acquired Dip-Tech Ltd., which makes digital printing products for glass coatings, for $60 million. Privately held Dip-Tech is based in Kfar Saba, Israel.
Rio Tinto has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Serbia in respect to implementation of the Jadar Project. The project is related to a world-class lithium-borate deposit that could supply a significant proportion of global demand for lithium and borates.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced $7.8 million in support of eleven projects to unlock private-sector resources for energy innovation. The projects are designed to address systemic barriers currently preventing the private sector from more fully supporting energy innovation.
In the first half of 2017, Sika Corp. reported a sales increase of 8.1%, or $3,140.4 million, and a net profit increase of 16% on a year-over-year basis. The company said the growth is largely due to investments in new products, national subsidiaries and factories.
The American Concrete Institute announced the availability of $50,000 for student teams from international universities to participate in the Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Bowling Ball Competition during the ACI Concrete Convention & Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In this Lucideon webinar—held Thursday, September 7 at 10:00 EDT—materials scientist Adam Healey will describe several different milling techniques, the advantages and disadvantages associated with them, and discuss case studies of altered milling processes.
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