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Published on August 25th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on August 25th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


HRL receives NASA award to 3-D print ceramic rocket engine components

HRL Laboratories, LLC, has received an award as part of NASA’s Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion program to develop additive manufactured ceramic rocket engine components.


CoorsTek hosts US Senator Cory Gardner at its Center for Advanced Materials

CoorsTek announced that Colorado’s United States Senator Cory Gardner and members of his staff toured the CoorsTek Center for Advanced Materials in Golden on August 17. Opened in 2016, the Center is one of the most important advanced materials research and development hubs in the world today.


Keith Bowman named dean of UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology

Keith J. Bowman has begun his tenure as the new dean of University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s College of Engineering and Information Technology. He joined UMBC on August 1, 2017, from San Francisco State University in California.


Allied Mineral Products and Blasch Precision Ceramics enter exclusive distributor agreement

Allied Mineral Products has entered into an agreement with Blasch Precision Ceramics as the exclusive distributor of the Blasch engineered CeraLoop channel furnace lining for use in the zinc, galvanized alloys, brass, and bronze markets worldwide.


Quantum Materials Corp surpasses 1000-hour quantum dot LED milestone

American cadmium-free quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corp. announced successfully surpassing the 1000-hour continuous on-time durability test for the company’s cadmium-free quantum dots in a remote LED application.


Saint-Gobain launches boron nitride and SiAlON composite for molten metals and steel casting

Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials announced the launch of its combat boron nitride grade SiZBN, particularly geared towards molten metal applications where high temperature strength and wear resistance is the key.


America Makes unveils new website

America Makes announces the launch of its new, redesigned website at www.americamakes.us that reflects the ongoing evolution of both the institute and the needs of its growing membership community.


US Silica acquires Mississippi Sand LLC

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. has acquired Mississippi Sand LLC, a leading, low-cost frac sand mining and logistics company based in St. Louis, Mo., for $95.4 million in cash. The plant, located in Festus, Mo., is capable of producing 1.2 million tons annually of mostly fine grade sand.


Economist: US construction to grow 4.5% in 2017

ConstructConnect revised its U.S. construction starts growth projection for 2017, according to the firm’s third quarter forecast report. It projects construction starts will grow by 4.5% in 2017 compared to 2016.


Glass industry firms make Forbes’ list of world’s biggest public companies

Forbes recently released its 2017 Global 2000 list of the world’s biggest public companies. The list features several firms within the glass industry, including Saint-Gobain and Asahi Glass Co. Ltd.


Building the next generation of nuclear reactors

Bill Gates believes that novel energy R&D has the potential to make a significant difference and has called for an ‘energy miracle’ innovation that providers cheaper, cleaner energy. To achieve this goal, Terrapower, a firm based in Bellevue, Wash., which is working on a new type of nuclear energy technology.


New clean energy facility accelerates testing of innovations and launching of companies

The Clean Energy Institute, a research unit at the University of Washington, created the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds to increase the rate at which breakthrough science and engineering discoveries turn into market-adopted clean energy technologies.


Permasteelisa to be sold to Chinese company

Japanese corporation LIXIL Group will sell all of its shares of global glazing contractor Permasteelisa to China-based Grandland Holdings Group Ltd., the companies announced Monday. The transaction is valued at approximately $550.2 million.


Iran’s first glass expo held in Tehran this week

Scores of foreign and domestic companies were expected to take part in the first International Exhibition of Glass and Related Industries in Tehran, August 23–26. The expo aimed to provide glass production firms the opportunity to gain knowledge about advancements in this field and exchange information.


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