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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

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OSHA releases new silica rule FAQs and training videos

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released new guidance for employers and workers on requirements for its silica standard through an updated frequently asked questions page and six new training videos on methods for controlling silica dust exposure.

Magnesium compounds: Grand opening for HarbisonWalker International in Ohio

HarbisonWalker International, the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the USA, celebrated the grand opening of its new monolithic refractories manufacturing plant in South Point, Ohio. The company invested US$30M to build its technologically advanced plant.

Energy the theme at SGT annual meeting

Energy and its use in glassmaking will be the theme of the Society of Glass Technology annual conference next month. Speakers from companies such as Volvo, British Glass, and Renewable UK will provide presentations in its Industry session.

Asahi India Glass Ltd launches new mobile application to help designers build green buildings

AIS has created an app, AIS Glass Simulator, which will work as a tool to analyze and identify the right glass solution to improve energy efficiency in buildings. AIS Glass Simulator helps create energy efficient spaces by scrutinizing various parameters to suggest the best energy efficient glass solution.

Senvol granted $100K to ease additive manufacturing materials characterization

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded Senvol $99,946 for a project applying data analysis to additive manufacturing processes. The goal is to develop a tool that will increase adoption of additive manufacturing throughout U.S. industry.

LCA confirms lower environmental impact of ceramic tile production using zircon

The environmental impacts of the life cycle assessment of zircon sand have been released in a study commissioned by the Zircon Industry Association. The ISO-standard report demonstrates a lower environmental impact than the main alternative product, alumina in the production of ceramic tiles.

National Science Foundation to sponsor free career development workshop

The NSF will sponsor the 2018 Career Development Workshop in Ceramics, October 14–18 at MS&T18 in Columbus, Ohio. The workshop will enhance the career development of the next generation of future leaders in ceramic materials research and education.

MCSC teams with Marines to build world’s first continuous 3-D-printed concrete barracks

The Additive Manufacturing team at Marine Corps Systems Command, along with Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force operated the world’s largest concrete 3-D printer at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center to print a 500 square-foot barracks hut in 40 hours.

Promise and peril in new era for automakers, suppliers

Ford Motor Company will develop self-driving and electric vehicles in part of a 105-year old train station it recently purchased. Profits from the sales of pickups and SUVs will drive investment into electric vehicles and powertrains, according to a source from the Center for Automotive Research.

Murata invests in MEMS sensor manufacturing in Finland

Murata expanded its MEMS sensor manufacturing by building a new factory in Vantaa, Finland to increase sensor production capacity. With the expansion, the company estimates to create 150–200 new jobs in 2018–2019. MEMS sensors are used in applications such as car safety systems and pacemakers.

Daicel offers free nanodiamond samples for researchers worldwide

Daicel is offering eight different types of nanodiamond samples to international researchers. The samples are supplied to researchers in universities and research institutes free of charge to accelerate the development of new applications with nanodiamonds.

Höganäs enters ceramic market with acquisition of H.C. Starck division

In March 2018, Höganäs acquired the H.C. Starck Group’s Surface Technology & Ceramic Powder division, a leading producer and developer of non-oxide ceramic powders. Höganäs sees a bright future for its new business and aims to further develop its new portfolio.

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