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Published on September 1st, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on September 1st, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Almatis to expand its tabular alumina production capabilities at its Falta, India plant

Almatis announced a major expansion of its Falta, India, specialty alumina plant with the planned installation of a tabular alumina converter. This important backward integration investment will build on Almatis’ eighty-one years of experience producing tabular alumina.


Vitro restarts off-line production at Carlisle plant

Vitro Architectural Glass has resumed production for certain processes at its Carlisle, Pa., plant, which sustained damage during a recent fire caused by a glass leak. The company has re-started its glass coating, tempering, and insulating glass units for residential windows operations.


Unexpected furnace outages prompt concerns over glass supply

Last week, a float furnace at the Vitro Architectural Glass plant in Carlisle, Pa., unexpectedly went down when a glass leak caused a fire at the facility. The unexpected loss of float capacity has prompted fresh concerns over float supply in North America.


China’s auto glass giant Fuyao thrives in Russia

Few Europeans know that the windshield on their cars was made by Russians working for Fuyao Group. Fuyao, the world’s leading manufacturer of auto glass, is now steadily increasing production in its Russian subsidiary to meet growing demands from global auto makers in Europe.


Materials degree apprenticeship program takes shape at Staffordshire and Manchester

Staffordshire and Manchester Metropolitan Universities in the U.K. have given their backing to a proposed degree apprenticeship in materials science and engineering. A leadership team has also been forged to give employers a voice in the content of the program.


DOE announces $13.4M investment in advanced transportation projects

The Energy Department announced $13.4 million in support of five new cost-shared, community-based projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems, including connected and autonomous vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.


140 top brands to participate at Gulf Glass in Dubai

More than 140 regional and international brands will display their latest products and solutions for industry professionals in the Middle East at Gulf Glass, the largest flat and container glass event in the region, to be held next month in Dubai.


Glass businesses among fastest growing companies in US

The glass industry again had a strong presence in Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 ranking of America’s fastest growing private companies this year. The annual list was recently released—here are the familiar names that made the cut in 2017.


Glass manufacturers in Indonesia urge government to cut gas price

Indonesian glass manufacturers are still waiting for the Indonesian government to cut gas price. Chairman of the Float and Safety Glasses Association says the high gas price undermines Indonesian glass producers’ competitiveness on the international market.


A guide to hiring veterans to fill the manufacturing skills gap

The 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index projects the U.S. will be the most competitive manufacturing economy in the world, currently being held by China, by 2020. In a recent survey, 93.3% of manufacturing executives said they were optimistic about the future.


NSF awards to unite cross-disciplinary communities to develop foundations of data science

NSF announced $17.7 million in funding for 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) projects, which will bring together statistics, mathematics, and theoretical computer science communities to develop the foundations of data science.


Researchers develop solar glass blocks to power houses

A group of researchers from the University of Exeter in the U.K. have come up with another BIPV solution—a glass block, which can be incorporated into the fabric of a building, replacing traditional brick and mortar, and is designed to collect solar energy and convert it to electricity.


UK materials tech business secures $150M funding

Salford, U.K.-headquartered Luxfer Group, a global materials technology firm, has secured a $150 million refinance package from a banking syndicate to support its strategic growth plans. Luxfer Group designs and manufactures a range of advanced materials and high-pressure gas cylinders.


Press Glass NA purchases Glass Dynamics

On August 16, Press Glass NA Inc., sister company of Press Glass SA, finalized its purchase of 100% of the share capital of Glass Dynamics Inc., according to a company statement.


Agency R&D budgets steered toward security, ‘energy dominance’

Agencies preparing their fiscal 2019 research and development budgets should focus on national security and energy dominance while improving interagency coordination, according to Office of Management and Budget guidance.


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