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Published on March 23rd, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on March 23rd, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Innovnano and Universidade NOVA de Lisboa collaborate on synthetic bone material

Innovnano has entered into an R&D project with Universidade NOVA de Lisboa to produce zirconia-based ceramic orthopedic implants by 3-D printing. The goal is to develop a low cost, scalable 3-D printing process for synthetic biocompatible bone material.


Can the renewable revolution cope with limited lithium and cobalt supplies?

A recent study conducted by the Helmholtz Institute Ulm of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology warns that the world will need to find alternatives to lithium and cobalt to support the growing demand for batteries and motors created by the shift to a renewable economy.


CeramTec appoints Dr. Hadi Saleh as new CEO

CeramTec Group announced the appointment of Dr. Hadi Saleh as Chief Executive Officer. Formerly the company’s President Medical, Saleh will assume the position immediately. The appointment comes after Henri Steinmetz, CeramTec’s CEO since 2016, left the company.


Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín’s FunGlass center evaluates first year of activity

Twelve months have elapsed since the launch of the FunGlass project, the largest Slovak scientific-academic research project funded by the European Horizon 2020 Framework Program. FunGlass strives to be an excellent research center for glass science and technologies.


Saint-Gobain acquires Italian glass systems company Logli Massimo

Saint-Gobain has acquired Italian company Logli Massimo, a specialist in glass systems and accessories for the fixing and assembly of glass panels, in particular for railings, shower doors, partition walls, and interior and exterior doors.


Viewpoint: AGC North America exec offers insights on new glass coater

During the second half of 2017, Asahi Glass Co. broke ground on a new magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition coater. Regional president of AGC Glass Company North America spoke with Glass Magazine about the new expansion and the evolution of glass coating.


Morgan Advanced Materials invests into a manufacturing system from Lithoz

In 2017 Morgan invested into Lithoz LCM-Technology for its Centre of Excellence located in Stourport-on-Severn in the U.K., a global hub for development of new structural ceramic materials and processes for application in sectors as diverse as aerospace, medical, and energy.


Calderys India Refractories eyeing 25% capacity expansion

The ₹600-crore Calderys India Refractories is looking at a 25% capacity expansion in the east. The company, which currently has the capacity to produce over 1.6 lakh tonnes of castables, is exploring expansion to take it up to 2 lakh tonnes over the next few years.


Material prices in glass and glazing industry keep climbing

The latest Producer Price Index data shows that prices for materials used in the glass and glazing industry went up in February. The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category was unchanged in February from the previous month and is up 1.9% from February 2017.


Ohio specialty glass company seeks buyer

Michael Pfaender, president of Sem-Com Co. Inc., a Toledo, Ohio-based specialty glass company, has announced that after more than thirty years in business, the company will cease operations at the end of April. Efforts are currently ongoing to find a new owner. Interested parties may contact Pfaender at Sem-com@sem-com.com or 419-537-8813.


L&L Special Furnace delivers electrical box furnace for Canadian government projects

L&L Special Furnace Co. Inc. has delivered an intermediate-sized front-loading box furnace that will be used by the Canadian Government Forestry Division. The furnace was sold by CCT Enterprises, which represents the company in various sales.


Brick Industry Association opens entries for Brick in Architecture awards

The Brick Industry Association has opened its call for entries for the 2018 Brick in Architecture Awards, the nation’s premiere architectural design competition featuring fired-clay brick. Entries must be submitted online by April 30.


Spacesuit insulation tech licensed to commercial firm

NASA’s polyimide aerogel technology, used in spacesuit gloves, has been licensed by the Glenn Research Center for commercial use to FLEXcon, an adhesive coating and laminating company. Polyimide aerogels provide an alternative to traditional silica-based aerogels.


Sacmi offers technical training course at ceramitec 2018

Sacmi is hosting for the third time, on April 19–20, a specialized scientific-technical training course organized by the Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia at ceramitec 2018 in Munich, Germany.


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