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Published on February 2nd, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on February 2nd, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Schott begins manufacturing primary mirrors for European Large Telescope

The Schott melting team started casting the first mirror segments that will make up the 39-meter primary mirror of the European Large Telescope. To make the segments, liquid glass is subjected to a ceramicization process lasting several weeks.


Lixil to invest $65M in ceramics production unit

Japan-based Lixil Corp., which owns brands such as American Standard, is planning to invest $65 million in its ceramics production unit at Andhra Pradesh. The factory’s current production capacity of one million units per year is expected to increase to two million units.


Three auto body trends that may affect the glass industry—eventually

Practices in the collision repair industry have often served as a bellwether of things to come in the auto glass repair and replacement industry, and three collision trends have been getting a lot of attention lately.


DOE announces prize competition to accelerate US-based solar manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $3 million prize competition to reenergize innovation in U.S. solar manufacturing. The prize will incentivize development of new processes and products that will reassert American leadership in the solar marketplace.


Construction robots could kill millions of jobs

A new study suggests that automation could eventually replace up to 49% of the country’s flesh-and-blood construction workforce by 2057—around 2.7 million people. However, some who specialize in glass and fenestration installation might be safe, at least for a while.


Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation board announces retirement, welcomes new manager

The board of trustees of the Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation board recently announced the retirement of its general manager for the past 16 years, Gary Childress, effective February 2, 2018. Mark Lawson will replace Childress as general manager.


Making Egypt a regional hub of ceramics industry

The Egypt trade and industry ministry is keen on making Egypt a regional hub for manufacturing and exporting ceramics and construction materials. The ministry wants to develop the ceramics industry to meet the needs of the domestic market and boost exports to foreign markets.


Presidio Components acquires Wright Capacitors

Presidio Components Inc., an industry leader in the manufacture of specialty capacitors since 1980, has acquired the assets of Wright Capacitors Inc. The acquisition includes the purchase of all assets as well as a definitive agreement to manage a seamless transition.


New Asahi Glass owners to expand plant, new products

TQMP Glass Manufacturing Corp. has vowed to continue the manufacturing operation of its newly acquired AGC Flat Glass Philippines Inc. in Pasig by going into more value-added glass products and expand into a new facility over the next three years.


2018 brick trends show whites, grays, black, painted and glazed exteriors

Fired-clay brick trends this year feature whites, grays, black, deep reds, painted, and glazed brick with overall larger sizes. Brick Industry Association member manufacturers report that clean, cool shades top the trends at all home price ranges.


Vitro Texas plant to expand with addition of jumbo coater

Vitro Architectural Glass is preparing for big changes at its plant Wichita Falls, Texas. A $55 million expansion is underway to make room for a jumbo coater at the facility. The jumbo coater will be able to coat up to 130 x 204 in. of glass.


Everything you need to know about OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica final rule

In March 2016, OSHA updated its respirable crystalline silica regulations for the first time since 1971. What follows is an overview of the rule’s requirements and what the future may hold for the regulation’s standards under the Trump administration.


NASA shows interest in made in India technology for spacecrafts

A thermal spray coating technology for gas turbine engines in spacecraft developed by an India-based researcher has caught the attention of a NASA scientist. The controlled segmented yttria stabilized zirconia plasma sprayed technology could reduce coating costs by almost 50%.


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