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Ceramic and glass business news of the week



Nanoe expands its global presence to the US

Nanoe, a French based technical ceramic producer, announced its new office in Youngstown, Ohio. The presence in Ohio will allow Nanoe to work more closely with customers in the United States in product development and additive manufacturing.

Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation sponsoring three-day short course on refractories

In response to industry demand, the Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation is offering a series of new short courses dealing with refractories and glass. The next new course to be offered is “Laboratory Training – Thermal Properties of Refractories,” to be held on March 19, 20, and 21, 2019 in Westerville, Ohio.

MIT launches additive manufacturing consortium ADAPT

MIT launched ADAPT, an additive manufacturing (AM) consortium. The consortium aims to speed up implementation of AM. Goals and objective include continually assessing status of AM technology; performing research; building a strong academic-industry network; and promoting critical AM education programs for professionals.

Japan finds huge deposit of rare-earth minerals

A deposit of rare-earth minerals was found 6,000 meters below sea level near Japan’s Minamitorishima Island in April 2018. An estimated 16 million tonnes of rare-earth minerals including yttrium, dysprosium, europium, and terbium were found in the deposit.

Saint-Gobain opens €85 million Polish float line

Saint-Gobain opened a €85 million (US$97 million) float line at its Dombrow-Gurnicze plant in Poland. The float line will increase production of glass for needs of construction and automotive industry by 25 percent. Capacity is 900 tons per day of PLANICLEAR glass.

SolarMax Technology aims for $18 Million IPO

SolarMax Technology intends to raise gross proceeds of $18 million from a U.S. IPO, according to an S-1 registration statement. SolarMax, founded in 2008, operates as an integrated solar energy company in California and China.

Pyrrhotite damage to concrete study to be funded by Canadian government

The Canadian government announced launch of a $4.9 million, four-year research project to study problems caused by pyrrhotite damage to concrete. The goal is to provide Canada Standards Association with technical solutions to update standards on concrete aggregates.

Why glass production in Kenya is grinding to a halt

Companies that use glass for packaging are bypassing local manufacturers Milly Glass Works and Consol Glass Kenya, two of only three glass manufacturing companies in East Africa, in favor of foreign firms. If these glass manufacturers close down, ripple effects including job and tax revenue losses will noticeably impact local economies.

NdFeB wind turbine generator replaced by high-temperature superconductor

A 3.6MW wind turbine in Denmark had its permanent magnet generator replaced by a high-temperature superconducting ceramic. The superconductor replaces about one ton of neodymium with about one kilogram of the rare-earth metal gadolinium.

SGT to hold raw materials conference

The Society of Glass Technology is holding a conference on Raw Materials for Glass Making in Cambridge, United Kingdom on Sept. 1-4, 2019. The special conference will feature dedicated sessions on particular glass ingredients and the batch as a whole.

GTS to introduce glass courses for 2019

Glass Technology Services will introduce courses for 2019 due to increasing requests from clients throughout the supply chain. Courses include ‘PharmaGlass’ workshops; ‘Glass failure analysis’; ‘Glass appreciation – an introduction to glass’; ‘An introduction to glass packaging’; and ‘Fundamentals of Glass’.

GCCA launches six sustainability guidelines

The Global Cement and Concrete Association published six guidelines for its full member companies to monitor and report sustainability performance of activities. Guidelines include monitoring and reporting carbon dioxide and other emissions from cement manufacturing, co-processing of fuels and materials, safety and water usage.