PLANTS, CENTERS, AND FACILITIES
Namibia’s Groot Group closed US$2 billion in private equity for the Groot projects, of which $650 million is for the two Groot Glass factories: a float and a container glass factory. Its financiers asked that the two Groot Glass factories be constructed next to its silica sand factory in Oshikango, Namibia, to save transportation costs of silica sand.
Manufacturer and distributor GE Healthcare Life Sciences introduced a new additive manufacturing center in Umea, Sweden, to accelerate biopharma manufacturers’ access to the latest available technology. This center, which was a two-million USD investment, will aim to integrate 3D printed parts into the production of manufacturing equipment.
ACQUISITIONS AND COLLABORATIONS
Allied Power Group has acquired Texas Metal Printing, a leading additive manufacturing company focused on advanced material 3-D printing in the aerospace and industrial gas turbine sectors. Brandon Cain, the founder of TMP, will join APG in a critical support role.
GE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Palo Alto Research Center were awarded an estimated $1.3 million to accelerate the development of 3D printed turbomachinery parts. The partners aim to reduce the timeline for designing and validating 3D printed components by as much as 65%.
Asahi Glassplant UK Ltd. announced the successful acquisition of the Syrris and Glass Solutions businesses from Blacktrace Holdings Ltd. on Jan. 1, 2020. Glass Solutions is a glass manufacturing business; Syrris is a global leader in flow chemistry and jacketed reactor systems.
The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program released a request for proposals to fund environmental research and development starting in 2021. The pre-proposal deadline is March 5, 2020.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $133 million in new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. This funding opportunity supports projects in a variety of areas, including advanced batteries and electrification and advanced engine and fuel technologies.
Australian rare earth miner Lynas Corp, the world’s only major producer of rare earths outside China, said that three individuals in Malaysia had filed a lawsuit challenging the government’s decision to renew the company’s operating licence last year.
The American Concrete Institute and the ACI Illinois Chapter will host a convention aimed at advancing concrete knowledge in Chicago from 29 March to 2 April. The program includes more than 40 technical and educational sessions on concrete research, case studies, and best practices.
Swift Coat won a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office to develop a coating that incorporates photocatalytic titania to both deflect dirt and break down organic compounds.
According to the latest Producer Price Index from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the not seasonally adjusted prices for materials used in glass and glazing manufacturing were a mixed bag in December 2019, but the trend of year-over-year increases continued.
Rystad Energy, the Norwegian based energy research firm, estimates the United States will likely spend more money developing offshore wind capacity (over $15 billion) than offshore oil and gas (average $14.8 billion) within the next five years. Six gigawatts of offshore wind projects in U.S. waters are already slated for development.
The Materials Testing & Research Center at The Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation released pricing for testing services in 2020. The 2020 Testing Price List is available as a PDF here.