PLANTS, CENTERS, AND FACILITIES
Ciner Glass, part of the Turkish industrial organization Ciner Group, unveiled plans to construct a two-furnace glass packaging facility in the U.K. The proposed glass packaging factory will feature two furnaces, as well as warehousing facilities at the Rassau Industrial Estate in Ebbw Vale, Wales.
Nipro Pharmapackaging is to invest $60 million in expanding its glass packaging facilities in Aumale, France, and Millville, New Jersey. First production out of the new capacity is scheduled to start in 2021. The investment will come to full fruition by 2024.
Cement maker Norcem tested Aker Solutions’ carbon capture technology at its Brevik cement production plant for 18 months and now hopes to win government approval following a review this summer. If the facility wins funding and is constructed, it will become the world’s first full-scale carbon capture and storage facility for cement production.
Colorado-based containers and packaging company Ball Corp will be taking a brand new warehouse in south Fort Worth in early 2021, according to developer Majestic Realty Co. The 678,000-square-foot warehouse off Everman Parkway is a build-to-suit for Ball Corp and is scheduled for completion in January.
ACQUISITIONS AND COLLABORATIONS
Energy Fuels Inc entered into consulting agreements with two rare earth element industry experts, Constantine Karayannopoulos and Brock O’Kelley, to aid in the development and implementation of commercial and technical rare earth element strategies for the new U.S. rare earth element program the company is pursuing.
General Atomics integrated its nuclear technologies and materials division into its electromagnetic systems group to advance collaboration on critical programs and come up with new market opportunities in energy, space, and advanced materials.
A webinar sponsored by Italian group All Glass will focus on how the Mexican glass packaging industry can help resurrect the national economy. The webinar takes place on Tuesday, June 1 at 3 p.m. BST.
The American Concrete Institute is to host virtual technical presentations following the cancellation of its convention in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual presentations will take place June 1–3 and will include topics spanning concrete materials, design, construction, and repair.
ACCESS Manufacturing Systems, Inc. , a reseller of manufacturing software and accessories, launched a new online store so that customers can easily order materials and consumables for Markforged and RIZE 3D printers.
The U.S. Department of Commerce issued the final affirmative decision in its countervailing duty investigation into subsidized Chinese imports of glass containers, imposing countervailing duties ranging from 25.46% to 320.53% on Chinese glass container imports.
Martin Jetter, president at Bucher Emhart Glass for 15 years, is handing the position over to Matthias Kummerle. Kummerle has headed the technology division at Emhart Glass since 2011. The change will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
The U.S. Geological Survey released its first map of where pyrrhotite is most likely found across the continental U.S. It is hoped the map will help the U.S. construction industry avoid pyrrhotite-bearing rocks.
The U.S. Department of Defense last month reversed its decision to fund two projects to process rare earth minerals for military weapons, one of which has controversial ties to China, according to a government document seen by Reuters and three sources familiar with the matter.
When COVID-19 began to spread in the U.S., recycling rates started to drop. While most changes were temporary, recycling rates may still be lower in the coming months. Without a steady supply of recycled glass, the glass industry will struggle even more to make enough vials to supply a potential vaccine to 7 billion people.
U.K. startup Urban Electric trialed pop-up charging hubs that can be completely hidden away when not in use along streets in Oxford, England, since the middle of last year. Following the trial, Oxford City Council conducted a survey, and 4.3 out of every 5 respondents said they would recommend the pop-up chargers.
A new IDTechEx report looked at 61 research programs for electrically smart materials to draw 33 primary conclusions, a 2020–2040 commercialization timeline, and 10 forecasts for addressable markets.
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