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CGIF and GMIC to receive donation from Air Products

The Air Products Foundation of Allentown, Pennsylvania, recently announced it will donate $100 on behalf of each visitor to its hospitality suite at the 80th Conference on Glass Problems, up to $15,000. Recipients of the donation are The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) and The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC).

Largest battery installation in New York State history completed

The largest lithium-ion battery installation in New York State history is complete. Called KCE NY1, the 20-megawatt project in Saratoga County is utility-scale battery storage developer Key Capture Energy’s first project since relocating its headquarters from Houston to Albany last year.

Apple awards an additional $250 million from Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Corning

Apple is awarding $250 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Corning Incorporated, supplier of precision glass for iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad. This award builds on the $200 million the company received from Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund in May 2017.

Concrete firm locating in Colleton

Colonial Precast Concrete of Carolina, LLC, a manufacturer of prestressed and precast concrete products, announced plans to establish manufacturing operations in Colleton County, South Carolina. The company distributes its products throughout the Southeast United States.

Global renewable energy initiative aims to bring a billion people in from the dark

The Global Commission to End Energy Poverty met for the first time last week to set out plans to accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goal to ensure access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy for all people by 2030. The commission plans to bring together leading investors, utilities, and policymakers to tackle energy poverty.

Guardian Glass set to upgrade UK and Hungarian sites

Guardian Glass is to invest in the modernization of float glass lines at two of its European production plants. The upgrade to the float glass production line in Goole, U.K., is expected to be performed in the beginning of 2021. The existing float glass furnace in Oroshaza, Hungary, will be repaired in the second half of 2020.

Total, Envision join forces to capture fast-growing distributed solar energy market in China

TEESS, a 50/50 joint venture company established by Total and Envision Group, launches its commercial activity to develop on site distributed generation solar projects for B2B customers in China. TEESS will offer a combination of distributed solar energy systems and digital solar energy solutions running on Envision’s AIoT Operating System EnOS.

Ubiquitous Energy granted patent for integrating transparent solar technology into displays

Ubiquitous Energy was granted a new patent by the USPTO extending the coverage of its ClearView Power technology to display applications. The patent, U.S. Patent 10,403,774, describes a method in which solar technology can be seamlessly integrated with displays to provide power without visual impact.

Messe Düsseldorf, VDMA Printing & Paper Technology Association start drupa World Tour

The drupa World Tour 2019/2020 started September 10 in Mexico City and will continue until spring 2020. A total of 35 trips to 27 countries worldwide are currently planned. The organizers of the drupa world tour are Messe Düsseldorf and PrintPromotion.

Kryton International adds wireless real-time concrete monitoring to its Smart Concrete

Kryton International Inc. acquired a 30% interest in Sensohive Technologies ApS of Odense, Denmark. Kryton will be the exclusive North American distributor of Sensohive’s Maturix technology, which uses advanced sensors/software to wirelessly monitor the concrete hardening process in real time from virtually any internet-connected device.

AGC to establish new plant in China to produce cover glass for car-mounted displays

AGC Inc., based in Tokyo, will establish a new production plant at its Chinese subsidiary to produce large 3D/complex-shaped cover glass for car-mounted displays. The plant, located in Suzhou, features a fully integrated production line. Commercial sales will begin in 2022 for several vehicle models whose orders are already secured.

Farsoon signs strategic additive manufacturing partnership with Siemens

China-based additive manufacturing company Farsoon Technologies signed a collaboration agreement with Siemens (Siemens China) to establish a framework for industrial AM solutions. The two are set to combine expertise and resources on the implementation of Siemens software and “digital twin” solutions with Farsoon’s open platform AM systems.

EP Henry introduces first precast products manufactured with CO2-cured solidia concrete

EP Henry, in collaboration with Solidia Technologies, introduced the world’s first products made with low-carbon Solidia Concrete. Using LafargeHolcim’s Solidia Cement as its base, Solidia Concrete products are cured with CO2 instead of water, reducing overall carbon footprint up to 70% compared to traditional concrete.

Decorative concrete market to strike $9.6 billion by 2026

A Big Market Research report states the global decorative concrete market was valued at approximately US$9.6 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% over the forecast period 2019–2026. Key market drivers include rise in renovation and remodeling activities and rapid urbanization coupled with growing demand for green buildings.

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