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ACerS Fellow to deliver annual Alfred University Scholes Lecture

Edgar D. Zanotto, ACerS Fellow and professor of materials science and engineering at Federal University of São Carlos, will deliver the annual Alfred University Scholes Lecture on Thursday, April 4. His topic is glass myths and marvels. Register by April 2 to attend the lecture and following lunch.

Owens-Illinois to invest €60 million in Gironcourt plant

Owens-Illinois will invest more than €60 million to expand its plant in Gironcourt, France. Plans include building a new furnace for a total of three furnaces at the plant when the expansion project is completed in early 2020. The expansion will focus on the growing premium beer segment.

Corning recognized as a top global supplier by Daimler

Corning Inc. received a 2018 Daimler Supplier Award from Daimler AG at the company’s 11th annual global supplier award ceremony. Corning received the award from Mercedes-Benz Car Procurement & Supplier Quality for Corning’s collaborative development, ongoing supply of next-generation particulate filters for high-performance emissions control.

DowDuPont Board of Directors approves separation of materials science division

DowDuPont announced its board of directors approved the previously announced separation of DowDuPont’s Materials Science Division, which will become the new Dow on April 1. The directors declared a pro rata dividend of all outstanding shares of common stock of Dow Inc., the parent company of DowDuPont’s Material Science Division.

Demarec takes concrete crusher to Bauma

Netherlands-based demolition and equipment manufacturer Demarec is showing two types of concrete crusher, including the new DCC-50 for machines from 35 to 55 t with a jaw opening of 1,500 mm, at the upcoming Bauma exhibition (Munich, Germany, April 8–14).

Saint-Gobain glass unit in Vizag

Glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain will establish a manufacturing unit at Atchutapuram in Visakhapatnam district (India) at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore. At present, Saint-Gobain has a modern glass manufacturing unit at Sriperumbudur near Chennai in Tamil Nadu, and a similar unit is what will be set up at Atchutapuram.

Luxfer Holdings and Neo Performance Materials terminate acquisition agreement

Luxfer Holdings PLC and Neo Performance Materials Inc. announced that the companies mutually agreed to terminate the previously announced transaction under which Luxfer would have acquired Neo for US$612 million in cash and stock.

Renewable energy giant Statkraft to test floating solar with new plant

Norway’s Statkraft, one of Europe’s largest producers of renewable energy, chose Norwegian company Ocean Sun to provide it with a floating solar plant in an Albanian reservoir. The solar park will consist of four 0.5 megawatt units, and project investment will amount to €2.3m.

Glass for Europe calls for recognition of flat glass offcuts

Glass for Europe, the trade association for Europe’s flat glass sector, called on Member States to take the necessary measures for a full recognition of flat glass offcuts as byproducts because they meet all criteria to be considered a byproduct as set in the Waste Framework Directive.

Saudi Arabia’s housing ministry approves 3D-printed concrete deal

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Housing approved a deal that will permit Al Kathiri Holding Company to produce and use 3D-printed concrete for ministry projects, days after it signed an agreement with Italian construction technology outfit Emmedue.

Vidroporto acquires Brazilian glassmaking site

Vidroporto Embalagens acquired Glass Industry of the Northeast glassmaking facility in Estância, Sergipe, northeast Brazil. The site had been closed for two years before the Vidroporto acquisition in January. Production will be initially 60,000 tons a year but could rise to 90,000 tons after future expansion.

China became a net-importer of several rare earth oxides (or oxide equivalents) in 2018

According to a report from Adamas Intelligence, China became a net-importer of several rare earth oxides (or oxide equivalents) in 2018. Additionally, total global primary rare earth oxide production increased 20.8 percent as China raised domestic mining, smelting, and separation quotas for first time in five years, and production in Myanmar and U.S. surged.

Glass Expo Northeast ’19 will feature a packed show floor

Glass Expo Northeast ’19, the region’s largest event for architectural glass and metal industry, will be held March 27–28 in Uniondale, N.Y. In addition to educational programming, the event will feature an exhibition floor with industry’s top suppliers.

Kyocera to showcase new products at AAOS 2019

Kyocera Medical Technologies, Inc. will exhibit its latest products and technologies at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 2019 annual meeting, March 13-16 in Las Vegas. Technologies to be featured include BIOCERAM AZUL® ceramic heads and Aquala® acetabular liners.

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