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Published on September 22nd, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on September 22nd, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Spain’s Institute of Ceramic Technology to further research on ceramic 3-D printing

The Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC), a Spanish organization dedicated to the country’s ceramics industry, will be furthering its research on ceramic 3-D printing. Through a new initiative called 3DPRINT Advance, ITC plans to explore the development of 3-D printing ceramic materials for industrial applications and more.


Steel debt load weighs on Indian refractory industry

Refractory makers in India, who supply critical raw material to steel, power, and cement companies, are in a quandary, stuck with dues that amount to half of their profits. This comes on top of an average 40% hike in cost of raw material, almost half of which is imported from China, leaving the industry struggling to meet its costs.


AGC’s curved cover glass for car-mounted displays incorporated into mass-produced vehicles

AGC Asahi Glass has announced that its cover glass for car-mounted displays will be installed in the new Audi A8 vehicle. This will mark the world’s first ever mass-produced vehicle to incorporate curved cover glass.


Materials scientist Messing named Honorary Fellow of European Ceramics Society

Gary Messing, distinguished professor of ceramic science and engineering, has been sharing research advancements with his European colleagues for decades, so being named one of the eight inaugural honorary fellows of the European Ceramics Society was a special accomplishment for the decorated scientist.


Advanced Materials Corridor at Ohio State will foster innovation, learning

The Advanced Materials Corridor is Ohio State University’s investment in globally leading and commercially productive next-generation materials research, development, and experiential learning. Students, faculty, and research partners will discover and develop practical materials and process innovations that enable new breakthroughs.


NREL report shows utility-scale solar PV system cost fell nearly 30% last year

The installed cost of solar power fell to record lows in the first quarter of 2017 because of the continuing decline in photovoltaic module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency, and lower labor costs, according to an analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


Business R&D performed in US reached $356B in 2015

Businesses spent $356 billion on R&D performed in the United States in 2015, a 4.4% increase over the $341 billion spent in 2014. Of the total R&D expenditures in 2015, companies spent $22 billion (6%) on basic research, $56 billion (16%) on applied research, and $278 billion (78%) on development.


DOE announces achievement of SunShot goal, new focus for solar energy office

In conjunction with the annual Solar Power International conference, the U.S. Department of Energy released new research that shows the solar industry has achieved the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the SunShot Initiative.


New world of high-tech water treatment using ceramic membrane microfiltration

The construction works for the new £60 million state-of-the-art water treatment works for Plymouth and the surrounding area are in full swing and on program to be fully operational in the U.K. in October 2018. The new technology features suspended ion exchange and ceramic membrane microfiltration.


IACMI and ACMA announce robust, scalable composite recycling project

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation and  American Composites Manufacturing Association are developing a robust and scalable composite recycling methodology. For decades, a recurring challenge has been to determine a process to recycle both process scrap and end-of-life composites.


Hurricane Harvey—Another good reason for northeast petrochemical expansion

Because of Hurricane Harvey, currently 70% of the Gulf Coast petrochemical capacity is shutdown. This could hurt Ohio, which has a major plastics manufacturing industry and gets most feedstock for products from the Gulf Coast. It could impact consumers everywhere with higher prices.


EU Commission calls for ‘Airbus of batteries’

Europe must produce its own batteries for electric cars to avoid crashing out of the race with the United States and China, a senior member of the European Commission warned. Just like in the 1970s, when aerospace firms from across Europe joined forces to face down American competitor Boeing, “we need an Airbus for batteries.”


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