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Published on September 29th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on September 29th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Morgan Advanced Materials develops crucibles and products for demanding melts

The Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials has successfully developed extra-large ISO-pressed crucibles, with a capacity to hold up to three metric tonnes of molten metal. This development has been made possible using one of the world’s largest cold isostatic presses.


Corning keen to expand Gorilla presence in auto glass market

Corning is gearing up efforts expanding the presence of its Gorilla Glass in the automotive applications market, which is expected to see significant growths for in-car display products. The vendor showcased interior applications made using Gorilla Glass in irregular and curved shapes during the recently concluded Touch Taiwan 2017 trade show.


Industrial alumina: price rises for the 9th time in September

CHALCO announced to lift the ex-work of industrial alumina by RMB 100/t to RMB 3700/t on September 25. This is the 9th time of price upward adjustment within 42 days. Producers of calcined alumina, white fused alumina, dense corundum and tabular alumina are faced by the great pressure of frequent cost increasing.


It’s now tougher (and more expensive) to find big ideas

Big ideas are getting harder and harder to find, and innovations have become increasingly massive and costly endeavors, according to new research. As a result, tremendous continual increases in research and development will be needed to sustain even today’s low rate of economic growth.


Zeiss invests €30M in innovation hub at KIT

Zeiss plans to build a new shared innovation hub on the north campus of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018; the €30 million hub will cover 12,000 square meters.


American Chemical Society expands its applied materials journals portfolio 

Given the rapid emergence of interdisciplinary research in materials science and the growing need to offer researchers new opportunities to share their important findings, the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) announced today a concerted expansion of its applied materials portfolio of peer-reviewed journals.


DOE announces second round of entrepreneurship program at Oak Ridge

The Energy Department announced the opening of the application period for innovators to join the second cohort of Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The program embeds top technical postdoctoral talent within ORNL as entrepreneurial researchers to address fundamental energy and manufacturing challenges identified by industry.


How the industrial internet of things is enabling factories of the future

IoT devices, from small sensors to robot-controlled factory automation, are helping to make factories more intelligent. Advanced digital manufacturing offers industrial designers and engineers the ability to rapidly develop and manufacture new devices that will power our future economy.


India–Oman ceramics sector meeting brings key industry players together

A business-to-business meeting with businessmen from the ceramics industry from Oman and India was recently held at the Indian Embassy. The aim was to facilitate business interactions and tie-ups between an 11-member Indian ceramics delegation to Oman and various stakeholders from ceramics and construction sectors in Oman.


Sedak to expand to larger glass sizes

Germany-based sedak announced that starting in mid-2018, it will fabricate glass up to 3.51 meters by 20 meters. By expanding its production capabilities, sedak becomes the world’s only manufacturer for glass of that size, according to the company.


Guardian UltraClear low-iron glass reduces green tint and maximizes light transmission

Guardian Glass is helping interior designers and architects amplify their work with Guardian UltraClear low-iron glass. Delivering clean lines, true colors and breathtaking views with no distractions, UltraClear glass reduces the green tint found in standard glass to maximize light transmission.    


Sika CEO discusses company outlook

Sika recently held its Capital Markets Day, where CEO Paul Schuler announced the company’s 2020 strategic targets—one of its primary focuses over the next few years is the company’s automotive adhesives and materials.


‘Indian ceramic industry set to enter big league’

In the next five to 10 years, Indian ceramic industry has the potential to become the number one in the world, president of Vibrant Ceramics Expo and Summit-2017 Nilesh Jetpariya has said.


OSHA silica rule enforcement began Saturday

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began enforcement of its final crystalline silica standard on Saturday, September 23, after a three-month delay. The silica rule, which has been in the works since 2013, is intended to limit workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


NIST awards nearly $3.9M for 2017 Small Business Innovation Research program

NIST announced that 21 small businesses will receive a total of nearly $3.9 million in grants to support innovative technology development. The proposals aim to solve specific technology challenges in collaboration and partnership, data and modeling, precision measurements, and systems.


NSF funds 30 faculty research fellowships through new EPSCoR initiative

New awards from the NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will provide 30 non-tenured researchers with fellowships, partnering them with premier research centers and enhancing their ability to work at the frontiers of science and engineering.


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