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First Gorilla Glass Ford F-Series windshield debuts

The Hyperformance Ford F-150 Gorilla Glass windshield is made from the same Corning Gorilla Glass that covers smartphone screens. A stock Ford F-150 windshield costs between $400–$500 out of pocket; in contrast, the Hyperformance Ford F-150 Gorilla Glass windshield will cost around $900.

Strong exhibitor registration for All in Print China 2020

Since the online registration opened April 2019 , 65% of the booth space are booked for All in Print China 2020. Jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, the Printing Technology Association of China, and the China Academy of Printing Technology, the event will be held Oct.12–16, 2020, at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

CelSian agrees process measurement partnership with SGS

Dutch process optimisation consultancy group CelSian Glass & Solar entered into a global process measurement partnership with SGS. Through this partnership CelSian can rely on SGS’ operational capacity around the world for process measurements, while SGS has taken over the emission measurement activities from CelSian in The Netherlands.

CenoStar and XG Sciences partner to deliver graphene-enhanced concrete

XG Sciences, Inc. signed a distribution agreement with CenoStar to leverage CenoStar’s knowledge and market channel in various end-use markets for cement additives in the distribution of XG Sciences’ XG Concrete.

Albuquerque’s 3D Glass Solutions touts move into big new HQ

3D Glass Solutions celebrated a soft opening this week for its new 16,000-square-foot facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the company expects to expand from its current 25 employees to 150 in the next few years.

Nampak Glass to be sold for RS 1.5 billion

Nampak is to sell its glass business for RS 1.5 billion (US$99.1 million) to Isanti Glass 1. Isanti Glass 1 is 60% owned by Kwande Capital and 40% owned by an AB InBev subsidiary, South African Breweries. Nampak’s glass business is one of only two container glass manufacturers in South Africa and has an estimated market share of 25%.

Yotta named Solar Power International 2019 Startup of the Year

Yotta was named Solar Power International (SPI) 2019 Startup of the Year winning recognition for its panel-level energy storage technology with smart thermal protection. Startup Alley is sponsored by Mercom Capital Group, a global communications and research firm focused on cleantech.

Solvay increases glassmaking raw material capacity

Soda ash producer Solvay will increase its soda ash production capacity by 600 kilotonnes at its trona-based Green River site in Wyoming. Solvay will also expand its sodium bicarbonate capacity by 200 kilotonnes in its Devnya plant in Bulgaria. The combined investments total €185 million, spread over the next three years.

Hochschild buys Chilean rare earth deposit for $56m

Hochschild Mining took total control of a Chilean rare earths deposit for $56m in cash as it sought to capitalize on the renewable technology market. The deposit has a high concentration of key rare earth minerals with permanent magnetic properties.

Piramal Glass to invest €30 million on expanding capacity

India’s Piramal Glass invested €15 million to add three new Premium Perfume Bottle manufacturing lines to provide an additional capacity of 50 million pieces. All the three manufacturing lines are expected to be ready by May 2020.

Glass consumes more than half of soda ash production

The glassmaking industry used 53% of the 60 million tonnes of soda ash produced in the last year. The flat glass sector consumed 29%, the container industry 19%, and other glass segments 5%. Construction is the largest driver for flat glass demand.

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