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Applications for the Gustav-Eirich-Award due by May 31

Sponsored by the ECREF European Centre for Refractories gem. GmbH, the Gustav-Eirich-Award aims to promote ideas and support young talents in refractory research. Please submit an abstract describing dissertation for Ph.D. degree and/or individual research with a scientific content equal to that of a dissertation for a Ph.D. degree by May 31, 2019.

‘Glass failure analysis’ course teaches how to analyze, interpret glass product failures

Glass Technology Services Ltd. continue their 2019 training program with a three-day ‘glass failure analysis’ course on April 16–18, 2019. The course includes an introduction to glass properties and strength, and practical exercises and case-studies will provide experience interpreting a range of failures. The course will be held again in October.

O-I in $188 million acquisition of Nueva Fanal Mexican glass facility

Owens-Illinois plans to acquire the Nueva Fanal container glass manufacturing facility from Grupo Modelo. The Nueva Fanal facility is located near Mexico City, Mexico, and produces 300,000 tonnes per year of glass container from four furnaces.

Medallion Resources brings in nearly $600K to advance its rare earth production

Medallion Resources Ltd raised gross proceeds of $597,510 after it closed the first tranche of its $630,000 non-brokered private placing, to be used for further metallurgical test programs, customer and feedstock supply development work, and general working capital.

US Energy Chief approves deal to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

According to the United States Department of Energy, the Trump administration approved seven applications for U.S. companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia. The nuclear approvals, known as Part 810 authorizations, allow companies to do preliminary work on nuclear power ahead of any deal to build a nuclear plant.

Quality testing imposed on flat glass

The Department of Trade and Industry in the Philippines said it will require imported and locally produced flat glass to pass quality standards set by the government before they could be sold in the market. The move, which came years after relaxing such a rule, was aimed at preventing the entry of substandard products into the local market.

Vitro Glass’s Fresno plant first of its kind to earn ENERGY STAR certification

Vitro Architectural Glass’ facility in Fresno, California is first float glass manufacturing plant in U.S. to earn the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy efficiency. The Fresno plant earned the certification by registering an energy performance score ranked in the 75th percentile or higher among other U.S. float glass manufacturing plants.

Houston-based CEMEX to provide concrete for iconic L.A. bridge

Houston-based CEMEX USA is providing concrete to replace the iconic 3,500-foot Sixth Street Viaduct Bridge in Los Angeles, which was built in 1932 as a transportation link across the Los Angeles River to connect Boyle Heights with the Arts District. The structure has deteriorated, leading to the current replacement process.

Schott to invest $1 billion in pharmaceutical packaging business

Schott plans to invest $1 billion in its pharmaceutical packaging business until 2025. The investment includes the construction of a glass tubing production facility in China and a production facility for syringes and containers in Germany. Schott cited growing global demand for pharmaceutical packaging as the reason for the investment.

Gambrills concrete supplier acquires Annapolis Junction firm

Chaney Enterprises, a Gambrills-based ready-mix concrete and construction materials supplier, said it acquired PCS Concrete, an Annapolis Junction business that also has facilities in Sparrows Point, Westport, and Owings and Waldorf in Southern Maryland.

Avalon aims for 2020 rare earth production

Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. said it hopes to start production at its Northwest Territories rare earth elements project by 2020. They recently struck a deal with Australian company Cheetah Resources Pty Ltd., which agreed to participate in development of Nechalacho Project at Thor Lake.

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