Summer School on Ferroelectrics to be held December 10–14, 2018 in Sydney, Australia

The second Summer School on Ferroelectrics (UNSW-SSF ‘18) will be held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney from December 10–14, 2018. The five-day school will focus on fundamental science as well as cutting edge and emerging applications.

Antimony: China pursues gold-antimony targets in Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s state-owned aluminum smelter Talco and Chinese company Tibet Huayu Mining have entered into a joint venture on a new US$200M gold and antimony mining project in Tajikistan. The project is expected to produce 1.5tpy of gold and 16,000tpy of antimony.

Lithium-ion batteries: BMW awards contract to Contemporary Amperex Technology

German automotive giant BMW has signed a contract worth more than US $1.16Bn with Chinese lithium-ion battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology. CATL will provide lithium-ion battery cells for use in BMW’s i range of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Magnesium compounds: RHI Magnesita announces EUR20M investment in China

RHI Magnesita, a leading global supplier of high-grade refractory products, systems, and services, has announced it will increase investment in the Chinese market by investing more than EUR20M (US$23M) in its dolomite plant in Chizhou, Anhui Province in China.

Glass Expo Midwest to take place November 8–9, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana

Glass Expo Midwest (GEMS) will take place at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis hotel, November 8–9, 2018. The event, focused on the needs of the architectural glass industry, offers attendees opportunities to share and learn beneficial business practices.

3M Smog-reducing Granules harness power of the sun to improve air quality

3M recently launched its Smog-reducing Granules to help remove smog pollution (nitrogen oxides) using roofing shingles. Integrated throughout a shingle’s surface, the roofing granules are designed with a specialized photocatalytic coating applied to the base mineral.

Asahi India Glass Ltd. denotes sustainability with Mahindra TERI Centre of Excellence

Asahi India Glass Ltd. has completed its most-celebrated energy efficient project—Mahindra-TERI Center of Excellence’s new research facility. The facility employs high-performance energy efficient glass, uPVC doors and windows, laminated skylight work, and frameless doors.

Saint-Gobain signs agreement to purchase Hunter Douglas’ North American ceilings business

Saint-Gobain has entered into an agreement to purchase the North American ceilings business of Hunter Douglas, a leading manufacturer of architectural ceilings with two production sites in Norcross, Ga. and Denver, Colo. The business reported sales of $36 million in 2017.

Aligning nanoparticles to create dense materials

Researchers at HRL Laboratories have successfully demonstrated a scalable, water-based nanoassembly manufacturing technique with many possible uses, including growing powerful rare-earth-free magnets and infrared optical materials.

Irico starts production at second solar glass factory in China

Chinese manufacturer of display devices and solar glass, Irico Group has started production activities at its new PV glass manufacturing facility in Yan’an City in central China. Annual production is expected to reach 26 million square meters of coated and tempered glass.

Hyundai wants to build energy storage units with used battery packs

Hyundai has teamed with Finnish energy-technology company Wärtsilä, to come up with a way to use “second-life” electric car batteries for stationary energy storage—which would help fill in gaps for when other sources of renewable energy aren’t operating at their fullest.

Manufacturing accelerates in June amid concern over tariffs

Manufacturing economic growth accelerated in June, helped by increased production, the Institute for Supply Management says. At the same time, purchasing and supply managers expressed concern about a possible trade war as other nations respond to U.S. tariffs.