PLANTS, CENTERS, AND FACILITIES
Missouri S&T researchers hope to meet clinical demands for glass-related solutions through a new Center for Glass Science and Technology. The center was formed with funding from the University of Missouri System, and the grant will provide equipment and dedicated lab space to support research related to the NextGen Precision Health Initiative.
Fukui Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a manufacturing subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., completed construction of a new production building in Japan. Focus for the facility will be development and manufacturing of ceramic-based electronic components.
ACQUISITIONS AND COLLABORATIONS
Saint-Gobain North America has entered into a 12-year virtual Power Purchase Agreement to help offset its U.S. CO2 emissions while supporting the construction of Blooming Grove Wind Farm in McLean County, Illinois, which is scheduled to be operational in late 2020.
In October 2019, the EU-funded initiative “Switch2save” was launched to improve the availability and affordability of electrochromic and thermochromic smart glass technologies. The consortium of ten partners from research and industry will demonstrate the energy saving potential of smart glass solutions in two fully-operational buildings.
The business unit Technical Glass of the Berliner Glas Group is represented for the first time with its portfolio for industrial applications at “all about automation” in Friedrichshafen, March 4–5. The Technical Glass division specializes in processing of technical glass.
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. announced its single phase inverter with HD-Wave technology received JET certification (Japan Electrical Safety and Environment Technology Laboratory). Specifically designed to comply with Japanese market requirements, the inverter is now available for low-voltage commercial and residential PV installations.
UPS announced they are investing in UK-based EV startup Arrival and ordering 10,000 electric delivery vans from them in order to electrify their fleet. Earlier this year, the startup took a $100 million investment from Hyundai.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced $74 million for 63 selected projects to research, develop, and test energy-efficient and flexible building technologies, systems, and construction practices. Awardees include national laboratories, universities, small businesses, and industry partners.
The American Concrete Pipe Association announced that its Nominating Committee and Board of Directors named Doug Dayton as the association’s new president. Prior to his appointment as ACPA President, Dayton served as president of Professional Service Industries Inc.
William J. Sandbrook is retiring after nine years as chief executive officer at Euless-based U.S. Concrete Inc. He will be replaced by Ronnie Pruitt, the company’s president and chief operating officer. The moves are effective April 3.
A recent Research and Markets report projects the global automotive aftermarket glass market to exhibit a CAGR of 3.8% between 2019–2025 to reach US$3.91 billion by 2025. Tempered and laminated are the majorly used glass types in the automotive aftermarket.
In a recent Quartz “Race to Zero Emissions” newsletter, an overview of the battery industry is given, including projected growth of four battery giants (Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), Panasonic, BYD, and LG Chem) and challenges to growth.
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