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Published on March 30th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on March 30th, 2018 | By: April Gocha


US Silica acquires performance materials leader EP Minerals for $750M

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire EP Minerals for $750 million in cash. EP Minerals—with sales of over $200 million—is a global producer of engineered materials derived from industrial minerals.


Proposed $450M glass plant in Ontario could be ‘a game changer’

If plans for a new $450 million glass manufacturing plant come to fruition, the project—which promises 400 jobs—could be a game changer for Ontario, Canada, as a whole. Xinyi Glass Holdings plans to build the $450-million float glass plant somewhere in Ontario.


ABET information and evaluator retraining session on April 3

Do you want to learn more about the ABET accreditation process? Are you preparing for an upcoming accreditation visit, or do you have questions about how to prepare? Consider attending this ABET information and evaluator retraining session on April 3 at the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit in Phoenix, Ariz.


Vesuvius alleges infringement of silica roll patent, takes legal action

Vesuvius has announced legal action in a European court against overseas companies it accuses of infringing upon its intellectual property rights associated with Smartly Driven roll patents and end cap attachment technology.


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.


American Chemical Society expands applied materials publishing with new biomaterials journal

The American Chemical Society announced a new interdisciplinary journal, ACS Applied Bio Materials, that will feature original research covering all aspects of biomaterials, emphasizing applied work across the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, materials science and physics.


Deltech Furnaces achieves ISO 9001 certification

Deltech Inc. (Deltech Furnaces) announced it has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification for the quality management system implemented at its Denver, Colo. location. The scope of the certification includes “design and manufacture of electric laboratory and production scale furnaces and related control systems.”


Niobium concentrate prices rebound in 2017, good prospects for FeNb demand

Niobium concentrate prices rose sharply in 2017, increasing by over 60% during the year to finish at $16/lb Nb2O5. Much of the increase was down to a strong recovery in tantalum concentrate prices, which grew by 70% to $88/lb Ta2O5, after bottoming-out in late 2016.


Guardian Glass North America publishes environmental, health product declarations

Guardian Glass North America has published Environmental Product Declarations and an updated Health Product Declaration version 2.1 for flat glass and processed glass products manufactured at its seven North American float plants.


Global Advanced Metals and LPW Technology cooperate on 3-D printing of tantalum

Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd., a producer of tantalum and niobium products, and LPW Technology, a manufacturer of metal powders for additive manufacturing, announced an agreement to demonstrate the suitability of spheroidized tantalum for 3-D metal printing.


Sacmi increases limits for large ceramic tile and slab packaging

Until now, the scope for individually packaged ceramic tiles and slabs ended with the 900/1200 x 1800/2000 size. But thanks to a special “T” series packaging machine developed by Sacmi-Nuova Sima, manufacturers can now tray-package items as large as 1200 x 2400 mm.


US business associations oppose tariffs

A lengthy list of U.S. business associations and groups have sent a letter to the current administration opposing the imposition of tariffs. They contend these tariffs could potentially harm the U.S. economy and its global competitiveness, according to the letter.


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