Corning Incorporated reported strong Q1 results recently on the back of impressive growth for its optical communications business (its largest operating segment). The segment benefited from improved demand for its carrier and enterprise network products, and received a significant boost from the acquisition of 3M’s communications markets business.
The first 3dpbm interactive map of commercially available 3D printing technologies is now available online. The different technologies are divided into five major material families (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and bioinks) and listed with the most relevant additive manufacturing hardware manufacturers for each technology.
Kyocera Corporation announced that its Germany-based European headquarters, Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH, will acquire the advanced ceramics business operations of Friatec GmbH, a manufacturer and seller of ceramic and plastic components based in Mannheim, Germany, through a newly established subsidiary.
Lynas Corp., an Australian rare-earths processor, and Blue Line Corp., a chemical company which based in Texas, agreed to a partnership to “see that U.S. companies have continued access to rare-earth products by offering a US-based source.” Currently, the only rare-earths mine in the U.S. is in Mountain Pass, Calif.
Technavio’s research report on Global Glass Recycling Market for forecast period 2019–2023 estimates global glass recycling market size will grow by more than US$916 million, at a CAGR of more than 5%. The concept of green buildings is gaining popularity worldwide and is being increasingly adopted in developing countries.
Oerlikon, a global provider of surface solutions, equipment, advanced materials, and materials processing, opened its second United States location in North Carolina. The US$55 million, 125,000-sq.-ft. facility will serve as a cornerstone of Oerlikon’s additive manufacturing business in the U.S.
4JET microtech’s GLASS-LINE product line comprises laser systems for patterning thin-film coatings and for separating glass based on the company’s PearlCut process. A new system covers a 3D processing volume of 1000 × 1000 × 300 mm3, and can create tracks at a resolution down to 100 µm as needed.
Analysts predict the ceramic matrix composites market will register a CAGR of almost 10% by 2023. Growing demand for ceramic matrix composites from developing countries is expected to fuel market growth. Countries such as China, Singapore, India, and Thailand are increasingly adopting fuel-efficient ceramic matrix composite-based aircraft engines.
Manufacturers participating in a survey indicated mixed progress in adopting digital factory technologies: 65% of respondents said they have brought in robots the past three years into their operations; 37% said they’ve adopted 3D printing; 35% said they’ve deployed advanced analytics; and 31% cited the Internet of Things.