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By / September 5, 2009

Shimadzu Showcases New Autograph AGS-X Series Universal Testers The AGS-X delivers efficient, precise tensile and compression tests for the rubber, plastic and film industries. With the AGS-X, users can perform a three- or four-point bending test, peeling test, and tear tests on various materials, including thermostatic resins. The tester’s crosshead achieves 1,500 mm/minute return speed,…

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Industry headlines

By / September 3, 2009

Cleveland Vibrator introduces 3D motion sifter for difficult-to-screen materials The company has expanded its comprehensive line of coarse and fine material vibratory screeners with the Twin Motor Sifter. Engineered with three control variables – vibrator force, frequency and drive angle – the Twin Motor Sifter boasts a three-dimensional motion that ultimately results in greater throughput…

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Ceramics industry in Bangladesh experiencing high demand

By / September 3, 2009

According to market researcher Syed Rashid Ali, the domestic and export demand for ceramic tableware in Bangladesh is rising rapidly, resulting in a widening the gap between its demand and supply. He cites a Prime Bank Ltd. study showing the that the demand-supply gap of 21,257 metric tons in fiscal 2007-08 will rise to 22,544…

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Video of the week – Cal Stevenson on high temperature-resistant furnaces

By / September 2, 2009

Stevenson is the founder and CEO of Deltech Furnaces Inc., a maker of specialty furnaces that have been used for everything from analyzing moon rocks to manufacturing advanced materials for fuel cells. Deltech’s furnaces are in use around the world in government labs, corporate R&D labs, manufacturing plants and universities. Stevenson explains some of the…

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Solar panel prices dropping

By / September 1, 2009

The New York Times reported last week that the price of solar panels has dropped 40 percent in a little more than a year. That’s good news for consumers who have been scared off by the initial upfront costs for installing a solar array. The federal 30 percent subsidy for renewable energy projects has helped…

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Industry headlines

By / August 18, 2009

APCI announces US-based electroceramic powder production operation The firm announces the start-up of a U.S.-based ceramic powder manufacturing facility for the production of piezoelectric powders. Hammond Lead Products, a US-based chemical producer centered in Indiana, is working with APCI to match its lead-related materials science technologies with APCI’s array of established high performance lead-zirconate-titanate powders.…

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Nigerian ceramics market said to be valued at $327M

By / August 8, 2009

Patrick Sonny Aigborkhaebholo Irabor, Nigeria’s deputy director in charge of solid minerals, ceramics and electroplating technologies at Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, thinks there is a big opportunity in the ceramics business awaiting his nation, and believes that 85 percent of the raw materials that would be needed could be obtained locally. In a…

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Industry headlines

By / August 8, 2009

India Resources to supply 2 ceramic disc filters to Hindustan Copper The ceramic disc filter for copper concentrate dewatering was supplied by Nuclear Industry Yantai Tong Xing Industrial Company Limited and commissioned from August 2008 at the IRL concentrator at Mosaboni, where copper ore from Surda mine is concentrated. OSRAM ceramic lamps now has 100W…

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Ohio offering $27M for nascent advanced energy projects

By / August 6, 2009

Via the state-run Third Frontier technology development program, the Ohio Department of Development has announced that it is seeking $27 million worth of “requests for proposals” for its 2010 fiscal year (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010). ODD and Third Frontier are particularly interested in investing in projects related to fuel cells, photovoltaics, wind…

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Saint-Gobain ceramics facility lays off 70 workers

By / August 6, 2009

The Charleston Gazette reports that seventy workers at a ceramics factory in Buckhannon, W.Va., will lose their jobs by the end of September. The Saint-Gobain ceramics facility announced that poor business conditions are forcing it to reduce the number of employees. In the article, company spokesman Bill Seiberlich says about 100 workers will remain on…

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