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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

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Innolith Energy Technology brings 1,000 km EV within range

Innolith AG, a leader in rechargeable inorganic battery technology, announced it is developing a 1,000 Wh/kg rechargeable battery. In addition to its proposed range capabilities—powering an electric vehicle for over 1,000 km on a single charge—the battery would be the first nonflammable lithium-based battery for use in EVs.

Goodfellow inspires use of ceramics at internationally recognised museum

Goodfellow provided high performance and advanced ceramics for a permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Spanning from the 19th century to present day, the exhibition displays the impact of ceramic use on health and hygiene applications in domestic and medical settings as well as decorative items.

Lincoln Electric acquires Baker Industries for additive manufacturing tech

Lincoln Electric (LECO) announced it acquired Baker Industries for an undisclosed amount. Baker provides custom tooling, parts, and fixtures for the automotive and aerospace industries. With this deal, LECO is positioning itself within the growing additive manufacturing services and tooling space.

Giatec unveils first AI program for concrete at world’s largest construction trade show

Giatec, a world leader in concrete testing, created the first artificial intelligence program for the concrete industry. Leveraging Giatec’s award-winning SmartRock™ technology, the program will monitor concrete on job sites, reducing the chance of human error.

Kyocera to build new facility to produce automated equipment for “smart factory”

Kyocera Corp. started construction of a new facility on the premises of its Yasu manufacturing complex in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The facility will develop and produce Kyocera’s own proprietary automated production equipment, enabling the company to strengthen its use of robotics and artificial intelligence in manufacturing.

3D concrete printing and digital construction center to be established in the Middle East

The American University in Dubai will establish a scientific research center for 3D printing concrete buildings. Called The Center for 3D Concrete Printing and Digital Construction, it is reportedly the first of its kind in the Middle East. 3DVinci Creations, a 3D printing service bureau based in Dubai, will supply the center with a 3D printer.

MEG secures €100 million production boost

Egyptian container glassmaker Middle East Glass Manufacturing Company secured a $100 million financial package to boost growth. The package was supplied by IFC, a member of World Bank Group, as part of a larger effort by IFC to support Egypt’s manufacturing sector.

With the acquisition of GOM, ZEISS furthers its goal of technological leadership

ZEISS is expanding the industrial metrology and quality assurance portfolio of its Industrial Quality & Research segment by acquiring GOM, a provider of hardware and software for automated 3D coordinate measuring technology. They aim to further strengthen their leading technological positions, especially in the area of optical digitization systems.

Kopp Glass exhibiting at LIGHTFAIR International

At the upcoming LIGHTFAIR® International conference in Philadelphia, Pa. (May 21–23), Kopp Glass will feature versatility in custom molded glass solutions for a broad range of lighting challenges in technical, industrial, and commercial applications.

China Northern Rare Earth lowers April listed prices of light rare earth products

State-owned mining company China Northern Rare Earth lowered listed prices of light rare earth products for April, including praseodymium-neodymium oxide and praseodymium-neodymium metal, by over 7 percent from March. Listed prices of neodymium oxide also dropped 7.2 percent, while prices of lanthanum oxide and cerium oxide remained flat.

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