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Orion Engineered Carbons announces specialty and rubber carbon black price increases

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A., a supplier of specialty and high-performance carbon black, announced that effective Sept. 1, 2019, Orion Engineered Carbons will increase sales prices by $0.08/pound for rubber grade carbon black and $0.07/pound for specialty grade carbon black for all carbon black produced and sold in North America.

Partnership ponders 3D-printed, graphene-dosed mixes

A memorandum of understanding sets the stage for GrapheneCA, a commercial scale producer of its namesake compound, to design an extruder and mixing system embedded into the 3D printing equipment of Apis Cor Co., San Francisco.

Indian glass giant looks to increase business in Europe and USA

Indian glass packaging giant Piramal Glass is looking to increase its business worldwide as it competes with other glass specialist companies. Piramal Glass currently has two glass-manufacturing facilities in India, one in the U.S., and one in Sri Lanka, and offices and warehouse facilities in France, Germany, Brazil, UAE, U.K., and China.

Australia’s Northern Minerals raises $21 mln for rare earths expansion

Australian rare earths developer Northern Minerals said on Monday it has raised A$30 million (US$21 million) from shareholders to fund expansion at its Browns Range project after trade tensions refocused interest in the industry.

Top 5 African countries producing glass and making the most money

Glass and glassware exports by country totalled $76.5 billion in 2018. A Face2face Africa article gives the top 10 African countries that were ranked among a list of 200 countries worldwide that exported the highest dollar value worth of glass and glassware in 2018.

BrandSafway adds precast refractory shapes to United States offerings

Industrial Specialists by BrandSafway recently added a hot wire computer numerical control (CNC) foam-cutting machine to its portfolio of offerings, giving the company the ability to cut precast refractory forms within just hours. This new foam-cutting service, BrandTech™ Precast Solutions, can also create higher quality precast forms with more intricate details.

Korea, Germany to jointly develop laser glass-welding technology

The Korea Institute of Machinery Materials will jointly develop laser-enabled glass-welding and underwater processing technologies with the Laser Zentrum Hannover in Germany, a globally renowned research institution in the field of cutting-edge laser technology.

Ardagh signs 10-year agreement with The Absolut Company

Ardagh Group signed a 10-year agreement with The Absolut Company. The agreement sees Ardagh supply The Absolut Company with glass bottles for its Absolut Vodka brand. Both companies are said to be committed to keeping the environmental impact as low as possible. The Absolut Vodka bottles are produced using more than 40% recycled glass.

BYD and Toyota join forces to develop electric cars and batteries

Asian carmakers BYD and Toyota are teaming up to develop electric cars and batteries with a view to bringing the jointly developed vehicles to market by 2020. The deal will see electric sedans and “low-floor” SUVs developed by the two companies, which will then be launched in China under the Toyota badge early next year.

Pilkington invests €30 million on Gladbeck float glass line renovation

NSP Pilkington spent €30 million and created 530 jobs by renovating its Gladbeck float glass line. Pilkington hopes the complete renewal of the glass melting furnace’s technique can improve the energy efficiency of the plant, reduce gas consumption, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20%.

Bralco, GE Additive sign MoU to develop magnetic components

Bralco Advanced Materials (Singapore) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GE Additive for the development of 3D-printed magnetic components often used in aerospace, medical, automotive, energy, industrial automation, and robotics applications. The MoU aims to progress 3D printing of magnetic components in the Asia Pacific region.

First-of-its-kind graduate course tackles legal issues in additive manufacturing

To prepare the additive manufacturing industry’s next trailblazers, a new course in the Penn State Additive Manufacturing and Design graduate program is seeking to teach students how to address legal issues in the emerging field.

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