Published on November 10th, 2017 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on November 10th, 2017 | By: April Gocha, PhD
Saint-Gobain has completed acquisition of Scotframe Limited in the U.K. This acquisition accelerates involvement in the off-site manufacturing and closed panel construction market. Scotframe reported sales of £30 million in the last fiscal year and has more than 160 employees.
Indian Refractory Makers Association has decided to set up a Centre of Excellence in Refractories at the Ceramics Department of the IIT-BHU at Varanasi. It is the first time such an initiative is being taken in the refractory industry and is aimed at technological advances for making it globally competitive.
Pilkington Italia restarted its float line at its Porto Marghera plant. After technological upgrades, the new line will produce roughly 600 tons of float glass daily, including Pilkington Optiwhite and Pilkington Optilam, its range of laminated safety glass.
Manufacturing exports make up $1.45 trillion or 7.8% of U.S. GDP. Today more than 20% of all U.S. manufacturing jobs depend on exports. The United States is currently renegotiating trade agreements with a number of its trading partners, potentially threatening billions of dollars of U.S. exports and millions of jobs across the country.
A float glass manufacturing plant started operation recently in the northern province of Ninh Binh’s Khanh Cu Industrial Zone. Financed by INDEVCO Joint Stock Company, the plant provides 80 million meters of glass annually to meeting the increasing demand of domestic and international markets.
OSHA has now issued additional interim enforcement guidance for regional OSHA administrators. The memorandum provides inspection and citation guidance for OSHA officers and includes flow charts to assist compliance.
Ferro Corporation, a leading global provider of functional coatings and color solutions, announced the closing of the previously communicated acquisition of Endeka Group, a global producer of high-value coatings and key raw materials for the ceramic tile market.
Metals prices have surged over the last year as China’s economy rebounds and Donald Trump’s election lifts prospects in the U.S. But investors hoping to get in on those gains face a challenge: funds that target those commodities have struggled.
The next few years should be strong for the glass and fenestration industries, but companies better use that time to prepare for the possibility of a huge economic shock in 2030, according to a research and consulting firm.
Kyocera International Inc. has expanded its U.S. production capabilities to provide full-service integration of LCD displays, touch-panels, and protective glass using its new optical bonding technology. Optical bonding reduces reflection by 70% while improving color saturation, clarity, and improving screens’ ruggedness.
Appreciating the measure taken by the government to increase regulatory duty on the import of ceramic tiles, local Pakistan tiles manufacturers have called for the continuation of duty for the better interest of local industry as well as the economy.
From Oct. 31–Nov. 1, during the American Composites Manufacturers Association’s inaugural Transportation and Defense Policy Fly-In event, ACMA member companies and staff connected with 75 members of Congress, their staff, and key decision makers from federal agencies.
Superior Graphite recently announced the expansion and groundbreaking ceremony of a new specialty carbon plant adjacent to one of the company’s existing manufacturing facilities in Hopkinsville, Ky.
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