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Ceramic and glass business news of the week


GE Aviation to expand Auburn facility, adding 60 jobs

GE Aviation plans to invest $50 million in its Auburn facility to expand additive manufacturing. The facility was the first in the aerospace industry to mass produce a jet engine component using 3D printing. The expansion will create 60 jobs and will allow the factory to launch high volume production of a second engine part.

Spanish consortium 3DCons develops 3D printing systems for construction research

3DCons, a Spanish construction consortium, completed a collaborative 3D printing research and development project aimed at developing innovative 3D printing systems and materials for construction. The consortium, led by Spanish construction company Vias y Construcciones, has been working on the project for over three years.

Bormioli Pharma plans Italian plant investment

Pharmaceutical glassmaker Bormioli Pharma wants to invest in its San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy factory. The group plans to invest €22 million with the aim of increasing turnover from €20 million to €28 million. Work will start in August 2019 and reach full capacity by 2021.

IGMA announces bird deterrent glass research fund

The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has a tunnel test that uses live birds to screen new glass products to determine whether birds can see them. The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is now working with ABC to expand ABC’s capacity for rating glass and doing research by constructing and operating a second tunnel at a new site.

DTI mulls safeguards on float glass imports

The Department of Trade and Industry in the Philippines is looking into a possible imposition of safeguard measures on float glass imports. Pioneer Float Glass Manufacturing Inc., the sole manufacturer of float glass in the country, submitted an application for safeguard measures on imports of clear and tinted float glass before DTI in July last year.

Ahead of concrete cracks hearing, feds approve 20-year license for Seabrook Nuclear Plant

United States federal regulators approved a new license for Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. Despite concerns from state officials, regulators said the hearing is separate from their main licensing process. The new 20-year license doesn’t take effect until 2030.

Firm’s British Columbia property returns 4.81 percent light rare earth oxide

Defense Metals Corp. announced the initial composite head assay results of the 30-ton bulk sample taken from its Wicheeda property in British Columbia. Highlight assay results included 1.77 percent lanthanum oxide, 2.34 percent cerium oxide, 0.52 percent neodymium oxide, and 0.18 percent praseodymium oxide—total of 4.81 percent light rare earth oxides.

Micromeritics names ATS Scientific Inc. Canadian distributor and service provider

Micromeritics Instrument Corporation announced the appointment of ATS Scientific Inc. as Canadian distributor and service provider for Micromeritics’ full product line with the exception of its line of particle size measurement products.

Rare earth oxide prices rise for a month on concerns of import ban on Myanmar ore

Concerns about a lower supply of seaborne rare earth ore and domestic smaller quotas for production continued to bolster prices of medium-to-heavy rare earth from mid-February till March 19. From May, Myanmar’s rare earth ore will again be banned from entering China.

Cornell, Air Force to study ‘disruptive material’ in new center

A new center established by Cornell and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) aims to develop growth and processing methodologies for beta-gallium oxide, a material that could allow electronic devices to handle more power. The center is funded by a 3-year, $3 million AFRL grant with additional funds from Cornell and an option for a two-year extension.

Global concrete dams market will reach US$4,370m in 2024

According to MarketReports.us, the worldwide market for concrete dams is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 2.5 percent over the next five years, and it will reach US$4,370 million in 2024 from US$3,780 million in 2019. The market can be divided into three types: roller compacted concrete dam, normal concrete dam, and prefabricated concrete dam.

Saudis seek alternative energy partners through WIPO Green program

The government of Saudi Arabia posted a series of requests for proposals for renewable energy technology partnerships via the World Intellectual Property Organization “Green” initiative that provides a marketplace for IP-protected products related to the environment. The initiative is aimed at boosting the King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy.