Published on October 3rd, 2014 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramics and glass business news of the weekPublished on October 3rd, 2014 | By: April Gocha, PhD
CoorsTek officially launched CoorsTek Medical to enable medical innovators to turn great ideas into life-enhancing realities. Its integrated capabilities span the entire product realization cycle, including market research, design and engineering, prototyping and feasibility, testing and regulation, and scale manufacturing. The company is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas and has R&D or manufacturing facilities in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Oregon.
Admatec (the Netherlands) has introduced new ceramic 3D printers that promise to mass produce complex parts more efficiently than that of injection molding. The company says that four new 3D printers have begun operation at their facility in Moergestel.
Ford Motor Company is installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe. The new lights, valued at more than $25 million, will save energy and money while improving safety and lighting quality. The 25,000 new LED fixtures are expected to reduce Ford’s energy use at manufacturing facilities by 56 million kilowatt-hours annually.
In Japan, AGC has begun sales of Clearsight, an anti-reflective glass with improved weather and chemical resistant coating, highly suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The glass has special coating applied on both surfaces that reduces light reflectance and minimizes reflection.
Frank H. Lutz (45) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Bayer MaterialScience AG effective October 1, 2014. He succeeds Axel Steiger-Bagel, who takes over on November 1 as Senior Bayer Representative for the Benelux countries.
Harper International has finalized a contract for a research-scale carbon fiber processing line for use by a leading carbon fiber research institute in Asia. The Harper Microline will include their innovative oxidation ovens, LT and HT furnaces, state-of-the-art HMI supervisory control interface, material handling and treatment systems, waste gas abatement systems, and UHT furnace technology rated to 2800°C.
Amid industry chatter as to the possible innovation HP would bring to the 3D printing market, the company made its most recent announcement that came as quite a shock: the company would indeed be releasing a 3D printing-related product (most likely a 3D printer), however it would be targeted at businesses rather than consumers.
Siemens will be making a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (N.C.) to enhance existing courses and develop new courses related to advanced manufacturing, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, electronics engineering, mechatronics, robotics, and information technology.
Owens-Illinois Inc. introduced a new bottle to enhance its standard range and help brewers differentiate premium and craft beers. The new standard combines a champagne-style shape with a highly functional format in terms of size, closure, and light weight.
Research and Markets has added “Global Bioactive Material Market 2014-2018” report to their offering. The report predicts that the global bioactive material—which includes bioactive glasses and ceramics—market will grow at a CAGR of 13.3% between 2013 and 2018.
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