Published on November 14th, 2014 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramics and glass business news of the weekPublished on November 14th, 2014 | By: April Gocha, PhD
Bankruptcy court documents reveal new details about the falling-out between tech giant Apple Inc. and sapphire glassmaker GT Advanced Technologies. GT and Apple have been at odds for several weeks over a 2013 agreement to produce sapphire glass at the Mesa factory.
The AGC Technovation Centre serving AGC Glass Europe was recently inaugurated in Gosselies, Belgium. The center brings together some 250 researchers, technicians, and engineers in brand-new premises focused on improving glassmaking processes and developing new glass products for construction and automotive industries.
Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC has incorporated a new company in Australia, Rocell Pty. Ltd., to engage in wholesale and retail business in floor tiles and wall tiles as well as bathware in that country. In a stock exchange filing, RCL said that physical entry into Australia involves a proposed initial investment of AUD 525,000 (Rs. 61.5 million).
H.C. Starck has reached a settlement agreement in an ongoing patent infringement complaint with Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry Co. Ltd. Subject of the lawsuit was the infringement of a patent held by H.C. Starck relating to high capacitance tantalum powders and sintered anodes that are manufactured from these powders.
Schott North America Inc. will move and centralize a portion of its optical glass production to its headquarters in Mainz, Germany, in March 2015. Schott will provide outplacement services to displaced employees and, if available, offer alternative jobs at the Duryea plant and other locations.
The fourth-annual Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators report showcases the 100 most innovative organizations around the world in 2014. Included in the list are 3M, Altera, Asahi Glass, Boeing, CNRS, Corning, Fraunhofer, Kyocera, Saint-Gobain, and more.
Graphene Frontiers LLC announced a strategic partnership with Madico, a global manufacturing company specializing in multilayer film development. With Graphene Frontiers’ cost-efficient production process—involving a patented etch-free transfer and roll-to-roll CVD method—and Madico’s scaling capacity, the partnership will significantly drive commercial potential of graphene within the energy sector.
Bohle AG is immediately taking over the glass cutting wheel producer Lixon sprl, expanding its market leadership in automatic glass cutting. The negotiations about the acquisition of all company assets, including machines, customer data, trademark rights, patents and production goods, were conducted at glasstec 2014. This does not include a succession in title.
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