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Glass Focus Awards 2019 open for entries

Flat glass designers, manufacturers, and architects are invited to compete at the 2019 Glass Focus awards. “Design of the Year – Flat Glass” was added to the annual Glass Focus Awards organized by British Glass to celebrate best design throughout the flat glass sector and its supply chain. The 2019 event takes place Nov. 21 in Sheffield, England.

SINTX announces promotion of David O’Brien to chief operating officer

SINTX Technologies, an OEM ceramics company, announced the promotion of David O’Brien to chief operating officer. O’Brien has served as vice president and general manager since 2016, and during that time he helped lead the company in its transformation from a retail spine company into a developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics.

Use fall protection systems to reduce construction-related falls

According to OSHA, in 2017, almost 42% of all construction worker related deaths were attributed to falls. In a recent article by Plibrico, single-source supplier of aluminosilicate and high alumina monolithic refractories, learn ways to keep refractory workers safe from falls.

SCHOTT AG to acquire Australian microfluidic expert MINIFAB

Schott AG, a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics, entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the Australian microfluidic company Minifab Pty Ltd.

Jiangxi, Inner Mongolia to jointly establish rare earth innovation center

East China’s Jiangxi province and North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region will jointly establish a rare earth innovation center. This announcement comes after a rare earth base was established in Hebei earlier in June.

UK’s leading producer of lithium-ion battery technology opens a massive facility

Hyperdrive Innovation just opened the U.K.’s largest independent battery manufacturing facility. Dubbed HYVE, the new facility will enable Hyperdrive to produce 30,000 battery packs a year and accelerate the company’s product development and technology pipelines.

Glass fiber PP composite sheet production starts in India

Renolit GOR S.p.A., a manufacturer of thermoplastic and thermoformable materials for automobiles, responded to growing demand for a glass fiber-reinforced, polypropylene-based lightweight thermoplastic composite material by adding a production line to its APPL GOR Plastics India Pvt. Ltd. plant to serve customers in India and Asia Pacific region.

Grindwell Norton Ltd inks agreement with Shinagawa Refractories Co. Ltd

Grindwell Norton Ltd executed an agreement with Shinagawa Refractories Co. Ltd to form a private limited company for taphole clay refractory products for the steel industry. Grindwell will hold 49% and Shinagawa Refractories will hold 51% in the company.

Krakatoa Resources increases rare earth prospective ground at Mt Clere

Krakatoa Resources Ltd made a new exploration licence application immediately next to its Mt Clere Rare Earth Project in Western Australia. The new tenement application secures a total of 556 square kilometres over prospective drainages in the Gascoyne region, increasing the company’s holding by a further 153 square kilometres.

ClearVue boosts solar glass plans with Taiwan manufacturing deal

Perth-based company ClearVue Technologies signed an MOU with Chinese company BeyondPV to set up a dedicated production line for solar strip modules at a production facility in Taiwan. The solar strip cells go around the edges of the insulated glass units that ClearVue uses in its solar windows.

America Makes third Satellite Center at Wichita State University

America Makes revealed its third Satellite Center will be located on the campus of Wichita State University within the facilities of the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). The memorandum of understanding will see NIAR become the institute’s first industry-specific Satellite Center solely focused on additive manufacturing for aerospace.

Glass-ceramics company, with eyes on space, raises $12 million

3D Glass Solutions, a company developing radiofrequency devices using glass-ceramics, raised $12 million from investors in United States and Japan. 3DGS has built radiofrequency devices for markets ranging from 5G cellular networks to automotive radar for self-driving vehicles, and demand from the space industry is leading the company to expand.

2022: The Year of Glass?

The International Commission on Glass introduced an effort at the third annual Convention of International Glass Associations to have the United Nations formally declare 2022 as “The Year of Glass.” The group hopes to get different entities across society, including universities, artists, and companies, to sign their letter to the UN.

World soda ash market set to witness a CAGR of 3.3% during 2019–2024

A recent Research and Markets report projects the global soda ash market will display a robust growth represented by a CAGR of 3.3% during 2019–2024. Key factors driving the growth include the expansion of foreign soda ash manufacturers in countries like India and China, and increasing usage of soda ash in soaps and detergent manufacturing.

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