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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

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PPL, GE Power partner on energy technology

To ensure the power grid remains safe and reliable, PPL has partnered with GE Power to develop what is known as Distributed Energy Technology. It will monitor the grid in real time to make sure there is a smooth input and output of power to the system.

GM to idle plants and cut thousands of jobs as sales slow

General Motors plans to idle five factories in North America and cut several thousand blue-collar and salaried jobs to trim costs. The action follows similar job-cutting moves by Ford Motor in the face of slowing sales and a shift in consumer tastes, driven in part by low gasoline prices.

Keeping it safe in glass manufacturing plants with HDPE

Allplastics Engineering has created high density polyethylene panels with CNC routed grooves. The panels eliminate the problem of the glass sheets hitting each other, and promote the sliding of glass panels in and out of storage safely.

Medallion completes key rare earths production test

Medallion Resources Ltd. announced that its commercial partner Rare Earth Salts Separations & Refining LLC has completed separation tests of Medallion’s rare earth concentrate into commercial-ready rare earth oxides.

Tantalum/lithium: Pilbara Minerals announces go-ahead for rapid expansion

Pilbara Minerals will proceed with Stage 2 expansion of its Pilgangoora lithium and tantalum project in Western Australia. The expansion could see lithium mining increase from 2Mtpy to 5Mtpy and by-product tantalum production increase from 146tpy Ta2O5 to 263tpy Ta2O5.

Bryn Snow appointed to Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation board

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation has appointed Bryn Snow, glass application technology manager at HarbisonWalker International, to its Board of Trustees for a three-year term. Snow has been with HWI since 2009.

Inol Ceramics adopts Xaar 2001+ for competitive edge

Chinese tile manufacturer Inol Ceramics has adopted the Xaar 2001+ printhead because it delivers the perfect combination of speed, quality and high ink laydown, enabling the company to print the latest complex tile designs and to differentiate itself from competitors.

Janine Driver announced as keynote speaker at Glass Expo Rocky Mountain ‘19

This year’s educational program offers top subject matter designed and executed by experts in the glass industry. Keynote speaker Janine Driver will share communication tools on how to win new business, increase sales, and generate a significant return on investment.

Steklarna Hrastnik draws up €45 million expansion plan

Steklarna Hrastnik is planning a €45 million expansion of its capacities. The Slovenian glassmaker said the expansion would enable it to continue developing and ensure jobs with high added value in Hrastnik.

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