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.

Saab announces new US advanced manufacturing site

Saab announces a new site for advanced manufacturing and production in Indiana, located at Purdue University-affiliated Discovery Park District. Saab intends to invest US$37m over the coming years from 2020. The site’s initial focus will be aeronautical engineering.

Scottish DRS ‘will damage UK glass manufacturing’

British Glass, the body representing the £1.6bn U.K. glass sector, said it was “deeply disappointed” by Scottish Parliament’s decision to bring in a deposit return scheme for recycling that includes glass because it “will derail the high levels of recycling already achieved through the existing systems.”

Geomega begins front end engineering design for rare earth recycling demonstration plant

Geomega Resources Inc. selected Seneca Inc., a Montreal-based engineering consulting firm, to complete the front end engineering design (FEED) study for the rare earth recycling demonstration plant focusing on the permanent magnet industry. It is expected the FEED study will be completed within 8–12 weeks.

CalRecycle awards grants to boost plastic, glass recycling efforts

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery awarded more than $11 million to five companies to increase the state’s recycling infrastructure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The businesses are expected to use nearly 23,000 tons of recycled material per year to manufacture new products.

ACI Foundation to fund six research projects this year

The American Concrete Institute Foundation’s concrete research council selected six projects to receive grants. The council seeks concrete research projects that further knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures.

Glass and glazing prices tick up in April

In April, the monthly Producer Price Index for flat glass in the commodity category increased 0.4 percent from the previous month and year. The index for flat glass manufacturing in the industry classification jumped 0.9 percent from March 2019, and is up 0.8 percent a year-over-year basis.

Guardian Glass inaugurates production line at Hungarian plant

Guardian Glass has inaugurated its new laminating line at its float glass plant in Orosháza, Hungary. It invested in the line to support the increased demand for laminated glass in Europe. The line produces standard and coated laminated glass, as well as speciality products such as acoustic, thick, coated, and colored laminated glass.

Sintavia inaugurates 55,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility

Sintavia, LLC, a Tier One metal additive manufacturer, opened the doors to its new 55,000-sq.ft. advanced manufacturing facility, located in Hollywood, Florida. The new plant, which also serves as the company’s headquarters, is the first of its kind in North America to offer large-scale AM production coupled with a robust aerospace quality management system.

US excludes rare earths from final set of China tariffs

The U.S. Trade Representative released a list of all products that would be included under the next round of tariffs, which covers almost the entirety of remaining imports from China. The government again excluded rare earths and critical minerals from its proposed tariffs.

Dalmia Bharat Group commissions advanced monolithic refractory production line

Dalmia Seven announced the launch of a new monolithics production line at its facility in Katni (Madhya Pradesh). With an enhanced capacity of 45,000 MT per annum, the expansion will help meet rising demand for high grade refractory products from Indian steel and cement producers.

Siemens selected for $6.4 million project to strengthen resilience of nation’s power system

Siemens Corporate Technology U.S. was selected for a $6.4 million research award from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to advance solar energy’s role in strengthening resilience of U.S. electricity grid. The project will create an innovative Energy Management System that can coordinate distributed microgrids to work together.