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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

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CNNC launches R&D centre for fuels and materials

China National Nuclear Corporation established a new centre for nuclear fuels and materials research and development in Beijing. China intends to become self-sufficient not just in nuclear power plant capacity, but also in the production of fuel for those plants.

Northern Minerals sets rare earth exploration targets

Heavy rare earths producer Northern Minerals says that exploration targets established for its Dazzler and Iceman prospects show the deposits may have a material impact on the longevity of its operating Browns Range rare earths mine in the Kimberley region of Wash.

Additive manufacturing apprenticeship now available

America Makes, along with the Robert C. Byrd Institute and Tooling U-SME, have developed an apprenticeship in additive manufacturing, certified by the U.S. Department of Labor. It’s the first ever industry-vetted additive manufacturing technician registered apprenticeship.

US pauses tariff increase on Chinese products

The United States will not raise the tariff rate on $200 billion worth of Chinese products to 25 percent on January 1, 2019 as previously planned, according to a statement from the White House. Tariffs will remain at the current 10-percent rate imposed on September 24, for at least 90 days.

Management acquires majority control of glassmaker

The management team at Dartington Crystal have acquired majority control of the business. Since 2006, chairman and major shareholder John Hammond has led the company to independent ownership and strengthened its performance to its healthy trading levels.

Forglass provides all in one package

Rapidly-growing Polish company, Forglass, has just completed a complex expansion and modernization of a batch house, furnace, and forehearths for its client. The project not only included technological solutions, but also civil works in order to increase melting capacity.

U.S. Silica announces price increases on industrial and specialty products

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. will increase prices for most of its non-contracted silica sand, cool roof granule, aplite and specialty products used primarily in glass, foundry, paints, coatings, elastomers, roofing, chemicals, recreation, building products and other applications.

Fortum to assist in decommissioning research reactor

Finnish utility Fortum has signed a letter of intent to cooperate with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in the decommissioning of the Finnish Reactor 1 research reactor and the nuclear power plant structural materials research laboratory.

Limejump secures solar PPA from NextEnergy Solar Fund

The UK energy technology company said the new contract will provide 120 MW of solar generation through its Limejump Virtual Power Platform. The energy bought from NextEnergy Solar Fund will then be traded on the national grid.

Startup founded by MIT alumnus unveils electric vehicles for the future

After nine years of designing electric vehicles around what it believes are future trends in mobility, Rivian Automotive has launched its first two products, an all-electric pickup truck and SUV, at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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