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Published on December 18th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on December 18th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Schott’s ultra-thin glass used in fingerprint sensors in new smartphones

Schott has helped new smartphone models, first being released in China, to advance fingerprint sensors using ultra-thin glass. The thinness of Schott D 263 T eco glass, as well as its high dielectric constant and uniformity, allows the sensor to quickly recognize a fingerprint. The glass’s high dielectric constant makes it an attractive alternative to sapphire glass and other materials.


Anderman Ceramics supplies quartz tube over 2.5 m long and 140 mm wide

Anderman Ceramics is proud to supply all sizes and shapes of tubes, but one of their latest challenges was to produce a massive quartz tube over 2.5 meters in length and 140 mm external diameter. Being one of the world’s leading suppliers in technical ceramics and using state of art facilities, Anderman Ceramics is able to supply customized tubes using outstanding quality materials.


Missouri S&T partners with industry to grow ceramic engineering

Ceramic engineers help make everything from the casserole dish in the cupboard to artificial joints for hip replacement to coatings that protect jet engine blades—but there aren’t enough ceramic engineers to meet industry needs, says a Missouri University of Science and Technology professor. Missouri S&T is looking to change that with its decision to be one of five colleges to take part in the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation’s University-Industry Network.


Dow announces transaction to restructure ownership of Dow Corning Corp.

Dow Chemical Co. announced the signing of definitive agreements to restructure the ownership of Dow Corning Corp. Under the terms of the agreement, Dow will become the 100% owner of Dow Corning, currently a 50:50 joint venture between Dow and Corning Inc. Dow and Corning will maintain their current equity stake in Hemlock Semiconductor Group.


Air Products’ new hydrogen reactions lab now operational

Air Products’ Hydrogen Reactions Lab, located at its corporate headquarters in Allentown, Pa., is open and receiving material for laboratory trials. The new lab consists of three continuous, trickle bed reactors. The lab enables customers to optimize existing hydrogenation and hydrotreatment reactions or switch from batch to continuous operation.


Rio Tinto approves $1.9B Amrun bauxite project

Rio Tinto will expand output from one of the world’s premier bauxite deposits following approval of the $1.9 billion Amrun project. Amrun involves the construction of a bauxite mine and associated processing and port facilities on the Cape York Peninsula in north Queensland, Australia. The planned initial output is 22.8 million tonnes a year.


PPT accelerates time-to-market with spray dryer and emissions control capabilities

Powder Processing & Technology, a processor of powdered materials for North America’s largest materials companies, announces a significant expansion of its capabilities and capacity. The company has installed advanced spray drying capabilities that enable the spray drying of ceramic and inorganic powders down to 50-micron granule size with exceptional uniformity.


Morgan brings industry-leading ceramics to HIFU transducers

Morgan Advanced Materials now has the capability to design and manufacture components for use in high-intensity focused ultrasound technologies, particularly in medical applications. The transducers are made from a modified range of hard piezoelectric materials, which have been developed from Morgan’s own proprietary range of ceramics.


Energy Department announces $35M to advance hydrogen and fuel cell tech

The U.S. Energy Department announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies that will reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. This funding will accelerate American innovation in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and aims to develop collaborative consortia for fuel cell performance and durability and advanced hydrogen storage materials research to leverage the capabilities of national lab core teams.


Ames-developed titanium powder processing gains international customers

Titanium powder created with Ames Laboratory-developed gas-atomization technology has hit the market. Praxair Inc. now offers fine, spherical titanium powder for additive manufacturing and metal injection molding of aerospace, medical and industrial parts. It marks the first time large-scale amounts of titanium powder are available to industry with a potential for low-cost, high-volume manufacturing.


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