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Science in Video (SciVid) Competition for 2019 announced

The Science in Video (SciVid) competition for 2019 is accepting submissions through October 30. Submissions should be high-impact, two-minute videos that will generate a broader interest in materials science. Winners will be announced at the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, but membership in MRS or attendance at the meeting is not required.

BIA opens entries for 2019 Brick in Architecture Awards

The Brick Industry Association opened its entries for the 2019 Brick in Architecture Awards. Entrants must be either an architect or designer employed by an architectural, design-build or landscaping design firm. Entries are due by October 31.

ACI annual request for research proposals now open

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council seeks to advance the concrete industry through the funding of concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures. The annual request for proposals is open now through December 2.

Indian government invites solar research proposals

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has invited project proposals from industrial players, startups and R&D labs, as well as institutions that are actively engaged in research, development and solar demonstrations, including the integration of PV with storage.

Flexicon opens office in France

Flexicon (Europe) Ltd opened an office in Dijon, France, to provide factory-direct sales and application engineering services to customers in France and surrounding regions. The new location will be headed by Emmanuel Decoeur, regional sales manager.

glasspex India and glasspro India return in October 2019

The next staging of glasspex India and glasspro India trade fairs take place October 10–12, 2019, at Hall 1 of the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India. Both shows will provide a platform for the glass sector in India, according to show organizers.

ACI 318-19 building code requirements for structural concrete now available

The American Concrete Institute announces that ACI 318-19 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete is now available in print and digital formats. ACI 318-19 includes major technical changes and identifies qualification training programs for inspectors/installers and lists certification requirements.

GlassTrend seminar on process automation and big data

GlassTrend organized a seminar dedicated to the progressing automation and utilization of big data to increase production efficiency in the glass manufacturing industry. GlassTrend member, Linde, will host the seminar September 17–19, 2019, in Munich, Germany.

Lucideon to hold two-day training course focused on ‘Refractories for the Glass Industry’

Lucideon will be running a two-day training course focused on ‘Refractories for the Glass Industry’ at Lucideon headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent on October 9–10, 2019. The module will cover glass furnaces on day one and regenerators on day two, looking at the parts, conditions, requirements and refractory types required.

‘Boom in demand’ for glass containers

Bucher Emhart Glass said demand for glass containers has been strong around the world and increased further in the first half of 2019. In its half year financial report, it said demand currently outstrips manufacturers’ capacities and has led them to invest in expansions and to modernise their production lines.

Opti-Tech Scientific to represent Buehler in Canada offering

Buehler, an ITW Company, announced a partnership with Opti-Tech Scientific, a leading Canadian supplier of scientific equipment. The partnership provides Buehler’s Canadian customers local support for all their metallographic product and service needs.

CalPortland Concrete Products launches new website

CalPortland Concrete Products has launched a new website for its manufacturing operations located in Ontario, California. The company says the website features access to product information to help customers, contractors, public works officials, engineers, architects and designers make decisions about their precast concrete product needs.

German car glass maker to open plant in Georgia

Helga, a 42-year-old automotive glass-making giant based in Beverungen, Germany, plans to spend up to $6 million on a plant in Stockbridge, Georgia, bringing jobs for about 21 people. City leaders said employment is expected to rise to about 50 people over the next two years.

New Department of Energy research shows robustness of LED drivers

A new DOE report summarizes the findings of extensive accelerated stress testing (AST) of LED drivers. The findings confirm effectiveness of AST methods to research driver failure mechanisms and indicate specific methods that can improve LED driver reliability.

Rare earth metal recycling pilot project launched at University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham was awarded €4m to set up a pilot facility to reclaim rare earth metals from scrap as part of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project SUSMAGPRO. The facility will focus on recycling magnets made of neodymium, boron, and iron.

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