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Published on January 5th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on January 5th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Morgan shortens production times of turbine blades with proprietary material 

Investment casting businesses can benefit from significantly shorter leaching cycles for core support rods used in the production of turbine engine blades, following development of a new range of materials specifically optimized for this purpose, over quartz or alumina alternatives.


Engineers develop ceramic and metal 3-D printing solution to manufacture parts at sea

University of Connecticut engineers have found a way for a Navy ship’s crew to determine the exact point of mechanical trouble on board the ship. Instead of taking the ship offline, they could use 3-D printing technology to fix, or replace, the bad part while out at sea.


Turkey’s Kazan 2.5m tonne/year soda ash plant to reach full capacity in March

Kazan Soda Elektrik’s new 2.5m tonne/year soda ash plant will be fully active by March, a source says. “We have two lines fully active, and we switched a third on last week. The fourth will be on stream by the end of this month and the fifth by late January or early February.”


R&D market pulse: Tax bill will change economics of large corporations

Congress recently passed a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open. Eight R&D Index members have more than $619 billion combined in offshore reserves that are theoretically released with the government’s passage of its new tax bill last week.


CeramTec makes strides in ultrasonic bubble sensor performance

Following a period of intensive development and testing, CeramTec has substantially improved the performance of its ultrasonic bubble sensors used in medical devices, helping to improve patient safety during critical treatments and procedures.


Alcoa Corporation announces decisions on smelting assets

Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, announced decisions regarding smelting assets in the United States and Italy. The actions support the company’s strategic priorities to reduce complexity and to strengthen the balance sheet.


China Glass creates investment fund for Eurasia glass factories

China Glass Holdings entered into a joint venture with its shareholder, Hony Group Management, to create a fund that will invest in glass factories located in countries included in the Belt and Road Initiative.


Construction begins on new Azerbaijan float glass facility

The new project in Azerbaijan involves the construction of a complete float glass line which, when completed, will produce a volume of approximately 250 tonnes of coated float glass per day. The new production facility will create about 600 new jobs.


AGC Ceramics names new president

Japan’s AGC Ceramics has named Masaru Ota as its new president and CEO. Ota will begin his new role on January 1, 2018. His successor as general manager for the glass industry is Ken Watanabe.


Department of Energy announces $12M to advance early-stage solar research

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $12 million in new funding for eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation. These models will lead to more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels.


Quantum Materials fulfills regulatory requirements to ship quantum dots worldwide

American cadmium-free quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corp. announced it has completed the regulatory requirements necessary for volume export of the company’s cadmium-free QDX quantum dots worldwide.


The year in review: Glass Magazine top news from 2017

Glass Magazine’s 2017 top headlines reflect an industry experiencing strong demand and market confidence, while facing capacity challenges made worse through supply disruptions. These are the most-clicked news stories of 2017 from GlassMagazine.com.


American Concrete Institute hosts Concrete Convention and Exposition in Salt Lake City

More than 2,000 engineers, architects, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and material representatives from around the world are expected to convene in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 25–29, 2018, to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications, and practices.


Fuyao spent nearly $800K with consultant in union battle

Fuyao Glass America paid $747,410 to an Oklahoma-based consulting firm that boasts of helping companies in the art of “union avoidance,” according to a document filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.


Iran’s tiles, ceramics exports to Pakistan reach $20M

Iran exported 8.5 million square meters of tiles and ceramics worth $20 million to Pakistan during the eight months to Nov. 21, Iran’s commercial attache to Pakistan said. It is estimated that the export value will reach $30 million by the end of the current fiscal year.


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