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3DCeram Sinto opens a site in the USA

3DCeram Sinto, a provider of 3D ceramic printing equipment, established 3DCeram Sinto Inc. on the east coast of the United States in Wallingford, Conn., to avail the growing market and provide proximity to their clients. RSVP to attend the grand opening by May 2 via email to info@sintoamerica.com.

Texas consortium successfully produces high-purity rare earth elements

A consortium assembled by Texas Mineral Resources successfully demonstrated ability to produce multiple high-purity and separated rare earth minerals from Pennsylvania coal mining waste material.  Minerals were purified to 99 percent, and included scandium, dysprosium, neodymium, cerium, and lanthanum.

Major European railways sign MOU to identify applications for additive manufacturing

At the 3rd Additive Manufacturing Forum in Berlin, railway company Deutsche Bahn, the Austrian Federal Railways, Italian train operator Trenitalia, and government-owned Swedish railways company SJ signed a Memorandum of Understanding signaling a pledge to collaborate in the working group RAILiability under the Mobility goes Additive network.

ZIRCAR Refractory Composites announces new sales engineer

ZIRCAR Refractory Composites, Inc. announced the appointment of Thomas “Tucker” Hamling II as a new sales engineer. As the sales team’s newest member, Hamling will be responsible for domestic technical sales while also providing technical guidance to the company’s customers. Contact Hamling at tjh2@zrci.com.

SCHOTT invests $1B in pharmaceutical packaging biz

With a growing global demand for high quality pharmaceutical packaging, such as vials, syringes, ampoules, and cartridges made of borosilicate glass and polymer, specialty glass and materials company SCHOTT is investing $1 billion to expand its global pharmaceutical packaging business.

Global producers group signs on to concrete materials-certifying council

The Global Cement and Concrete Association joined the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), which operates the world’s only industry-specific certification program for concrete plants and their supply chains. CSC has certified 160-plus plants in eight countries.

South Africa closer to producing valuable rare earth minerals

The determination and patience of a small group of investors will eventually see the reopening of the Steenkampskraal mine in Northern Cape. The Steenkampskraal ore body is considered to contain the largest known reserve of rare earth minerals, estimated to exceed 605,000 tons of ore containing an average of 14.4 percent rare earth minerals.

Yorkshire glass research ‘could revolutionise manufacturing’

Scientists at Glass Technology Services in Sheffield, U.K., are working with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a consortium of leading industry partners to fuse glass to metal, and to hermetically seal flexible glass using an ultrafast laser system.

Philippines opens two 3D printing research facilities to remain competitive within ASEAN

The Philippines Department of Science and Technology established two new 3D printing research facilities to aid Philippines development of additive manufacturing industry and overtake other countries implementing AM within Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Lockheed Martin, MIT launch fund to foster Israeli research partnerships

Lockheed Martin and Massachusetts Institute of Technology International Science and Technology Initiatives announced creation of MIT-Lockheed Martin Seed Fund, promoting collaborations between MIT and universities and public research institutions in Israel.

NSG breaks ground on glass plant near Luckey

Officials of NSG Group began construction on their company’s new float glass plant that will supply glass to First Solar Inc.’s expanding solar panel operations in nearby Perrysburg Township, Ohio. Besides the 150 new jobs the glass plant will produce, it will continue the Toledo area’s historic link to glass industry.

Arevo to manufacture ‘world’s first’ 3D-printed carbon fiber unibody bike frames

Arevo, a Silicon Valley company specializing in composites manufacturing through digitalization, says the partnership with boutique bike manufacturer Franco Bicycles will deliver “the world’s first 3D printed, continuous carbon fiber single-piece unibody frame” for Franco’s “Emery” brand.

Vicrila plans €17 million investment

Spanish glassmaker Vicrila is to invest €17 million in its Basque site. The investment will focus on increasing innovation to improve design, expand product range, and increase flexibility of its furnace lines by introducing greater automation of its machinery.

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