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Published on May 4th, 2018 | By: April Gocha

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on May 4th, 2018 | By: April Gocha

 

Saint-Gobain increases production capacity for automotive market in China

Saint-Gobain has taken a 50% stake in a flat glass production line of the Chinese group JJG, located in Zibo in the Shandong province, North-East China, according to an announcement from Saint Gobain.

 

Owens Corning completes acquisition of Chinese mineral wool manufacturer

Owens Corning completed the acquisition of Guangde SKD Rock Wool Manufacture Co. Ltd., a mineral wool manufacturer in China. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. SKD produces mineral wool insulation for the building and technical insulation market.

 

Somany Ceramics’ first plant in south India to be ready in December

Somany Ceramics’ first plant in south India near Tiruchirapali in Andhra Pradesh will be commissioned in December, a senior company official said. The plant will reportedly product 11,000–12,000 m2of verified tiles per day.

 

UK mining firm to explore Mozambique mineral sands

A United Kingdom-based mining firm, Savannah Resources, has expressed an interest to explore heavy mineral sands in Mozambique. The deposits can produce ilmenite, titanium, rutile, and zircon, which can be used in steelmaking, refractory ceramics, and paints.

 

Bruce Dunn named UCLA materials science department chair

Bruce Dunn, the Nippon Sheet Glass Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been appointed the chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.

 

Could tariffs lead to a materials tipping point?

Since President Trump announced his intention to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, there’s been a bit of turmoil. This month, a number of U.S. manufacturers are already seeking exemption from the 25% steel tariff and the 10% aluminum tariff.

 

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.

 

Rare earths: Peak Resources assigns new non-executive chairman

Peak Resources, owner of the Ngualla rare earth project in Tanzania, has appointed investment banker Peter Meurer from Nomura Australia as non-executive chairman, effective April 23, 2018. In 2017, Peak Resources proposed separation plant in the Tees Valley, U.K.

 

Superior Technical Ceramics commissions furnace for direct pressure sintered silicon nitride

Superior Technical Ceramics has introduced a new direct pressure sintered silicon nitride powder-to-part component manufacturing process featuring a sinter-HIP furnace. The high- material has high mechanical and dielectric strength and superior thermal shock resistance.

 


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