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Published on September 15th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on September 15th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Organizational changes at Allied Mineral Products

Allied has announced senior management changes at its corporate headquarters. As of Sept. 1, 2017, Jon K. Tabor took a new role as chairman emeritus. Jon R. Tabor assumed the role of chairman in addition to his current role as CEO.  Paul Jamieson was promoted to president.


Why US battery startups fail—and how to fix it

A new study investigates why so many American battery materials startups are failing under the current venture capital funding model. Leading scientists team up to provide recommendations to stakeholders in the battery industry, drawing on an unusual source of inspiration—the pharmaceutical industry.


DOE announces second round of program to drive technology innovation

The Energy Department opened applications to join the second cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Laboratory. The program embeds top technical talent with ANL to perform early-stage R&D that may lead to energy or manufacturing businesses.


CeramTec: Adding value with ceramics

At first glance everything looked good. CeramTec, an international specialist in technical ceramics, was posting profits and offering a broad range of high-performance products. This long-standing company had not seen any reason to make changes for quite some time.


Manufacturing—Creating opportunity through innovation

When we think of champions of manufacturing today, we tend to think of some of the big companies, such as IBM, 3M, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, and Dow Chemical. But companies don’t form themselves, and patents don’t automatically mean innovation—people do.


Oran Safety Glass to invest $4.45M to expand manufacturing operation in Virginia

Oran Safety Glass will invest $4.45 million to expand its specialty glass manufacturing operation in Greensville County, Va. Virginia competed against Wisconsin for the project, which will retain 75 existing jobs.


Xaar holds to course in strategic business shift

The internal shift within Xaar towards a more customer-centric model is going hand in hand with its journey to lessen a dependence on ceramics. And it is working,  says CEO Doug Edwards.


Listed Hong Kong units of Chinese cement majors merge

State-owned parent firms China National Building Material Group and China National Materials Group were ordered by Beijing to merge last year to create the world’s largest building materials maker, surpassing Switzerland-based LafargeHolcim.


NSF announces 14 new PIRE awards to support scientific collaboration in 24 countries

NSF announced 14 new Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) awards, totaling more than $66 million over the next five years. The awards will fund 14 lead U.S. institutions and international partners in 24 countries.


Owens Corning earns place on Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 8th straight year

For the eighth year in a row, Owens Corning has earned placement in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for its sustainability performance. For the fifth straight year, Owens Corning was named industry leader for the Index’s World Building Products group.


3M recognized by Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 18th consecutive year

3M has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. This marks the 18th consecutive year 3M has been recognized for its sustainability efforts both in the U.S. and globally—making it one of a short list of companies that have consistently appeared on the list.


Jaguar, Harvard University to develop next-gen robotic factory

Jaguar Land Rover plans to collaborate with robotics researchers at Harvard University, as part of an effort to develop next generation technologies to create super-human strength in the factory of the future.


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