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Published on February 9th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on February 9th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


GrafTech International plans IPO

GrafTech International Ltd. might become a public company once again. The Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, based company, which makes graphite electrodes and needle coke, has submitted a draft registration statement for a proposed initial public offering of the company’s common stock.


Allied Mineral Products to own and supply select Graftech products

Allied has purchased the intellectual property rights to a collection of refractory cements and pastes previously owned by Graftech Advanced Graphite Materials. The purchase is in response to restructuring at Graftech Advanced Graphite Materials.


GT Refractory Solutions acquires assets of Graftech Advanced Graphite Materials

GT Refractory Solutions LLC has acquired the assets of Graftech Advanced Graphite Materials’ facility in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. The newly formed company will continue production of all of Graftech’s graphitic refractory products. Contact sales@gtrefractories.com for more info.


CASIS and Alpha Space announce materials science and technology research opportunity

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance LLC are partnering to provide the materials research and technology sectors with an opportunity to utilize the Materials International Space Station Flight Facility (MISSE).


3 ways companies can prepare for the Internet of Things

The Internet of things, or IoT, represents a game-changing advancement in technology for window and door manufacturers. By incorporating digital connectivity on the production floor, manufacturers will have significant advantages in their market.


NIST report addresses barriers to adoption of composites in infrastructure

NIST has published a Roadmapping Workshop Report that suggests ways to facilitate wider adoption of composites in a variety of infrastructure applications, including dams, bridges, highways, railroads, harbors and waterfront structures, utility poles and buildings.


Understanding the potential of carbon fiber composites for automobiles

One of the most promising lightweight material systems to replace heavy steel on automobiles are carbon fiber composites, which are lighter and give engineers more design freedom. However, carbon fiber composites do not come without challenges.


Staffordshire University secures £200,000 to support growth and innovation in ceramics sector

The university successfully bid for support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England Catalyst Fund, which backs projects aiming to address the skills gap and support the Government’s Industrial Strategy.


Save the date for Resodyn’s 8th Annual Technical InterChange, September 11–13

For the eighth year, processing and mixing experts from the world over will join with new users and explorers to see, touch, and use ResonantAcoustic mixers and discover their unique value proposition at Resodyn’s 8th Annual Technical InterChange, Sept. 11–13, 2018.


The skilled labor shortage: How manufacturers can take the lead on addressing the issue

Availability of qualified labor is increasingly seen as a major problem for both the construction industry and for manufacturers. The National Association of Home Builders reported that 82% of builders surveyed in 2017 indicated that cost and availability of labor is their most significant problem.


Sanitary fittings giant Grohe implements 3-D printing for advanced bathroom fittings

German manufacturer Grohe is one of the leading figures in the bathroom fittings industry, and it has recently adopted 3-D printing in its processes to produce a new line of advanced sanitary appliances.


Federico Rosei becomes Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics

Federico Rosei, professor and director of the INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre, has been invited to become a member of the prestigious World Academy of Ceramics as an Academician in the Science class.


GWS Tool Group announces acquisition of Alliance CNC

GWS Tool Group LLC, the parent company of GW Schultz Tool and CGI Tool, recently announced the acquisition of Alliance CNC Cutter Grinding Services Inc. Alliance CNC will continue to operate out of their facility in the greater Grand Rapids area.


DOE announces $3M for high performance computing collaborations for US manufacturers

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $3 million in funding to help American manufacturers leverage the national laboratories’ high performance computing capabilities to address manufacturing challenges through modeling, simulation, and data analysis.


NUS secures $4.9M in partnerships to develop next-gen hybrid flexible electronics

The National University of Singapore’s has established seven new partnerships, valued at about $4.9 million, to develop next-generation hybrid flexible electronics. Leading semiconductor companies are among the program’s new partners.


NSB releases policy companion statement on US need for STEM-capable workforce

The National Science Board (NSB) released a statement underscoring the view that growing the nation’s STEM workforce is critical for the economy and global competitiveness. It offers recommendations for strengthening a diverse STEM-capable U.S. workforce.


Taiwan MLCC makers urged to develop optimal ceramics purification formula

Taiwan MLCC makers must manage to work out an optimal formula for purifying ceramic materials if they want to sail smoothly into the “blue ocean” market for high-voltage MLCCs bearing high profitability, according to officials at Industrial Development Bureau.


Ceramic Innovation Network event explores ceramics in demanding environments

This April 11 event at Lucideon (Stoke-on-Trent, U.K.) will bring together academics and industrialists from all sub-sectors of the ceramic industry seeking to improve their knowledge of the potential applications of ceramics across a range of demanding environments. 


EBL Products appoints Russell Petrucci as director of business development

EBL Products Inc. announced the appointment of Russell Petrucci as its director of business development. Russell has 34 years of experience in piezoelectric and optical materials and transducer design, manufacturing, and more. Contact Petrucci at (860)290-3737 or (860)461-5617 for additional information.


Materion appoints Marc Rands as vice president of global operations

Materion Corporation announced the appointment of Marc Rands as vice president of global operations, a new position reporting to the CEO. Rands joins Materion from Honeywell International Inc.


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