PLANTS, CENTERS, AND FACILITIES
The CoorsTek plant in Gumi, South Korea, was recently presented with an award from the National Institute of Chemical Safety in recognition of the facility’s exceptional safety protocols and best-in-class chemical accident prevention plan.
Rare Element Resources, the mineral exploration and development company behind the Bear Lodge mining project in northeastern Wyoming, announced that it had secured funding for a demonstration-scale separation and processing plant in Upton, nine miles from its proposed rare earths mine.
Forglass opened a glass engineering center in Katowice, Poland. It is the new home for a team of engineers, who design technological lines for glass producers across Europe. The center also houses an R&D department.
Vidrios Riojanos, a glass producer owned by the government of La Rioja province in Argentina, received a federal government loan of ARS 900mn (US$ 9million) to build a wine glass bottles factory capable of 100,000 units per day in la Rioja. The facility is expected to begin production operations in August 2022.
U.K. glass bottle manufacturer and filler Encirc plans to build a national distribution hub for the U.K. and European drinks industry. It is anticipated the fully automated “mega hub” will be built within the next three years and will mark a step forward in the evolution of glass packaging supply chains in the U.K.
ACQUISITIONS AND COLLABORATIONS
Entegris struck a deal to acquire CMC Materials in a transaction valued at about $6.5 billion. CMC, which until last year was known as Cabot Microelectronics, is the world’s leading producer of chemical mechanical planarization slurries, used to smooth the surfaces of circuit-laden silicon wafers between semiconductor chip fabrication steps.
Australian Strategic Materials Limited signed a joint statement of cooperation with the Korean Mine Rehabilitation and Resource Corporation, formerly Korean Resources Corporation, to enable the supply of critical minerals and metals into Korea.
The federal government of Nigeria says it will partner with China on the development of a renewable energy research center that will boost renewable energy technology in selected Nigerian universities.
Şişecam welcomed more than 600 glass professionals to the 36th Şişecam Glass Symposium with the theme “Glass is Future.” The future, sustainability, and new technologies of the glass industry were among topics discussed at the virtual symposium.
Canadian carbon dioxide removal company CarbonCure confirmed that its 500th carbon mineralisation system was sold to one of its visionary concrete producer partners. The news comes as the company also celebrates two million truckloads of low carbon concrete made by its producer partners using its technologies.
The Plibrico Company, a leading supplier of monolithic refractories and construction services, published a list outlining common refractory problems along with cost-saving remedies to get your boiler back on-line.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking public input to inform congressionally mandated studies on eight emerging technology areas: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain technology, advanced materials, 3D printing, Internet of Things and its application in manufacturing, and unmanned delivery services. Submissions are due Jan. 31, 2022.
The Guardian reports that the UK Energy Research Centre, a group of academics funded by the government’s UK Research and Innovation body, called for a review of the country’s energy security policy, warning ministers had been “complacent about the supply of gas for too long.”
The New York Times reports on how the quest for Congo’s cobalt driven by the clean energy revolution is caught in a familiar cycle of exploitation, greed, and gamesmanship that often puts narrow national aspirations above all else.
According to Nordex Energy South Africa, wind energy industry localization will drive the value chain and stimulate local jobs and skills in the sector.
Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems announced the commissioning of a 24” wide, 3-zone mesh belt annealing furnace to a Midwest manufacturer of brass components. The brass annealing furnace is designed with a maximum operating temperature of 1650°F with a capacity of 800 lbs/hr, and uses a blend of nitrogen and hydrogen atmospheres.
Global smartphone brand OPPO officially unveiled its assisted reality device called Air Glass that comes with a spark micro projector, cutting-edge micro LED, and a bespoke diffraction optical waveguide display that supports user interactions through touch, voice, head movement, and hand motion.