Glass Focus dates announced

The annual Glass Focus event will take place Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 in Sheffield, U.K. The event, organized by British Glass, will include a full daytime program of speakers, networking, and discussions, followed by the evening gala awards dinner.

The EU is creating a sustainability label for raw materials

An EU research group is creating a certification method for raw materials, to be completed by 2021. The project is part of a push to sustainably mine the metals needed for Europe’s clean energy transition. The project aims to investigate a raw material all along its production chain, from prospecting, to mining, to refining and manufacturing.

Vidrala plans €500 million investment over five years

Spanish container glassmaker Vidrala plans to invest €500 million over next five years to modernize its plants. It launched an investment plan that will involve introducing new technologies, environmental improvements, and expanding production capacity.

Pharmacopoeial revisions emphasize importance of autoclave validation

New analytical requirements under revised European Pharmacopoeia aim to improve accuracy and reproducibility of hydrolytic resistance tests performed on glass primary packaging by introducing stricter requirements for autoclaves, including tight control over thermal cycle, temperature monitoring, and both calibration and validation requirements.

Bloomberg commits $500M to close all US coal plants by 2030, halt new natural gas plants

Michael Bloomberg unveiled a $500 million campaign to close all U.S. coal-fired power plants by 2030 and halt construction of natural gas plants. The campaign directs funding toward environmental groups’ lobbying efforts in state legislatures, city councils, and public utility commissions, and to elect local politicians with pro-clean energy policies.

PrinterPrezz establishes co-location center to accelerate AM of medical devices

PrinterPrezz, Inc. partnered with UCSF Surgical Innovations, an incubator-accelerator for medtech innovators at UC San Francisco. Together, both groups are focused on bringing advanced medical devices to market faster.

GED acquires Elite Manufacturing Solutions

GED Integrated Solutions Inc. acquired Elite Manufacturing Solutions, which adds machining capacity, manufacturing engineering support, and operations leadership expertise to GED. Elite Manufacturing Solutions, now a GED business, will relocate to GED’s manufacturing facility in Glenwillow, Ohio.

Engineering group to hold additive manufacturing conference

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers said it will host AM Medical: Additive Manufacturing & 3D Innovations on May 27–28, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The new event will focus exclusively on 3D innovations in an interactive, collaborative environment for learning and sharing.

EBTEC Corporation completes a major move and expansion

EBTEC Corporation, a division of EDAC Technologies, moved to an 83,500 square-foot facility located in East Windsor, Conn. The facility houses an array of new manufacturing equipment, including four air-plasma and HVOF coatings booths, which allow EBTEC to now offer coating services.

L&L Special Furnace introduces new catalog

L&L Special Furnace Co., Inc. announced a newly designed catalog describing their full line of furnaces, ovens, and quench tanks. L&L is a family-owned manufacturing and service business in operation for over 60 years, and they specialize in designing and building batch production furnaces and ovens.