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Published on January 26th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on January 26th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


DOE announces funding for new HPC4Manufacturing industry projects

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office announced the funding of $1.87 million for seven new industry projects under an ongoing initiative designed to advance U.S. manufacturing and clean-energy technologies.


Ghana president inaugurates $77M ceramics factory

Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo inaugurated a $77.26 million ceramics factory to produce ceramic tiles to feed the local and export markets. The factory, Twyford Ceramics, operates a 14.4 million square meter production facility.


Trump applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines

President Donald Trump on Monday approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican’s decision followed recommendations for tariffs by the U.S. International Trade Commission.


Bricklaying robotics technology set to change the construction industry

Fastbrick Robotics is responding to the increased demand for housing and a shortage in skilled construction labor with a bricklaying robot. The gigantic robot Hadrian X, equipped with specialized technology, can lay a residential house from the ground up in two days.


2018 Olympics with technical ceramics from CeramTec

When ski jumping starts at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 10, CeramTec will be right there—the company has equipped the ski jumping hills for the XXIII Winter Olympic Games with its ceramic inrun track system Aloslide Ice.

Boom in ceramic units in India puts pricing under pressure

A huge increase in the number of new units manufacturing vitrified tiles has left India’s largest ceramic industry cluster saddled with excess production of such tiles. Overproduction of vitrified tiles has put tile-makers in the area under pressure to keep prices low.


3M enforces patent rights in metal mesh conductor technology used in touch screens

3M and 3M Innovative Properties Co. filed a patent infringement lawsuit in federal district court in Wilmington, Del., against Elo Touch Solutions Inc. The suit alleges that certain Elo Touch projected capacitive products infringe 3M’s U.S. patents.


Saint-Gobain takes leading position in Middle East insulation market

Saint-Gobain and the Kuwait-based company Alghanim Industries, who are already partners in insulation manufacturing joint-ventures in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, have decided that as of January 11, 2018, they have become joint-venture partners in KIMMCO.


FutureWeld and Frontier Techni-Kote Industries announce merger

FutureWeld Co. Inc. and Frontier Techni-Kote Industries LLC announced that the companies have agreed to merge and form Frontier Group Inc. The merger represents the combination of two leading companies in the southwestern U.S. aerospace metal finishing industry.


DOE announces first awardees for new HPC4Materials for ‘severe environments’

The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy announced the funding of $450,000 for the first two private-public partnerships under a brand-new initiative aimed at discovering, designing, and scaling up production of novel materials for severe environments.


HarbisonWalker heat transfer web tool update

The newest update to the HarbisonWalker International Heat Transfer web tool is now available online. The tool has been revised with an improved user experience and the newest ASTM C680 calculation method.


Glazing sector about to stall ‘in some areas’, according to new research

A new report from Palmer Market Research suggests that the rapid growth seen across the commercial glazing sector may be about to stall in ‘some areas’. Four years of consistent growth mean that the commercial glazing market in 2017 was 16% up on 2012.


Menacing malware shows the dangers of industrial system sabotage

A recent digital attack on the control systems of an industrial plant has renewed concerns about the threat hacking poses to critical infrastructure. Newly revealed details of how it works expose just how vulnerable industrial plants could be to manipulation.


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