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Published on February 5th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on February 5th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


GE Aviation cutting more 7% of engineering workforce

GE Aviation is cutting 238 engineering jobs in southwestern Ohio and 69 at other U.S. sites as it trims more than 7% of its engineering workforce. A spokesman said that the cuts are not due to any decline in business, but are necessary as the company’s new jet engines move from development and testing to production. He said the company is unable to maintain its current level of more than 4,300 engineers in the U.S.


Calcined bauxite poised for proppants recovery

The ceramic proppants sector is forecast to become the largest market for non-metallurgical bauxite by 2021, overtaking the refractories industry. Consumption of bauxite in refractories, both directly and via brown fused alumina, accounted for more than 20% of the total non-metallurgical bauxite market in 2015. Demand for calcined bauxite in production of ceramic proppants is expected to grow by more than 5% per year out to 2021.


Tethon 3D releases porcelain ceramic resin for 3-D printers

Tethon Corporation Inc. just launched a new Kickstarter project: Porcelite ceramic resin for SLA/DLP 3-D printing. Now individuals using 3D- printers with a UV light source have the option to print in a true porcelain ceramic material. Ceramic 3-D prints produced by SLA/DLP technology show high-resolution details, are heat shock tolerate and thermal and electrical insulating. They are durable, nonmagnetic, and oxidation resistant.


MEP opens competition to fund manufacturing centers in 12 states and Puerto Rico

NIST opened a competition to award new cooperative funding agreements for its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The competition continues a multiyear effort to update the program’s funding structure to better match manufacturing industry needs with resources in MEP’s nationwide network. The current competition will fund awards for centers in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Utah, and Vermont.


US R&D increased in 2013, well ahead of the pace of gross domestic product

U.S. expenditures in research and development rose to $456.1 billion in 2013—a $20.7 billion increase over the previous year, according to a report from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. The business sector continues to be the largest performer of R&D in the U.S., accounting for $322.5 billion, or 71%, of total national expenditures.


Murata announces GRT series, automotive-grade monolithic ceramic capacitors

Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. announced development and launch of its GRT series of automotive-grade monolithic ceramic capacitors. Recent years have witnessed an ever-rising demand for automotive-grade monolithic ceramic capacitors, inspiring Murata to develop and commercialize the series. The series consists of capacitors for temperature compensating and parts with a high dielectric constant.


Diversity in people and industry held as vital to international success

Takuya Shimamura, president and CEO of AGC Asahi Glass (AGC), discusses his company’s focus on diversity, customers’ needs, and concern for society and the environment in this Q&A with The World Folio.


Corning Museum of Glass reveals mysteries of glassmaking with online resource

The Corning Museum of Glass released its first-ever scholarly electronic resource, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by artist and scholar William Gudenrath. A culmination of a lifetime of research, this digital resource details the techniques used to make glass on Murano. Through 360-degree photography and high-definition video, complete reconstructions of Venetian glassmaking techniques unknown for centuries are now revealed.


RAK Ceramics buys up stakes in German and British units

RAK Ceramics has bought its remaining stakes in its U.K. and Germany units as the tile maker based in Ras Al Khaimah seeks to expand its footprint in Europe. The Abu Dhabi-listed company bought the remaining 50% stake in its Germany subsidiary and the remaining 50% stake in its U.K. arm, the company said in a statement.

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