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Ceramic and glass business news of the week


What does the automated warehouse of the future look like?

An automated warehouse is a breath-taking sight: picture a circuit board of activity as scores of box-shaped robots soar between pallets, scanning shelves and retrieving stock for delivery to a picking station.

Orton Ceramic announces 7 new course offerings

In response to industry demand, Orton is offering a series of new short courses dealing with refractories and glass. The first new course to be offered is “Advanced Thermal Properties of Refractories,” to be held on October 29 and 30, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

Press Glass to invest $43.55 million in its first Virginia manufacturing operation

Press Glass, headquartered in Poczesna, Poland, and one of Europe’s largest independent flat glass processing operations, will invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000-square-foot architectural glass fabrication facility in Henry County, Virginia.

Owens-Illinois: Not a great quarter, but it didn’t need to be

Owens-Illinois is up 10% since reporting Q2 results. The current valuation assumes no margin improvement, but margins should improve as conditions normalize and management makes further progress on its initiatives.

Rare earths: Rainbow Rare Earths update from Burundi

Rainbow Rare Earths anticipates an increase in Gakara’s monthly concentrate production as the company ramps up mining at Gasagwe. During Q2 2018, 275t of Gakara rare earth concentrates were produced, up slightly from 250t in the first quarter, though concentrate grade fell to 55% REO.

Corning offers opportunity to apply for sabbatical program—deadline is August 31, 2018

Corning Incorporated is offering an opportunity to apply for its 5th Annual Gordon S. Fulcher Sabbatical Program. The program is named after famed Corning glass scientist, Gordon S. Fulcher, who pioneered research on the electronic melting of refractory materials and introduced the Fulcher equation for viscosity.