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Published on March 11th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on March 11th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Alfred engineering school awarded SUNY funds for ceramics scholar in new center

The State University of New York (SUNY) has awarded Alfred University’s Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering in the College of Ceramics $350,000 from its Investment and Performance Fund to support start-up costs for a new Empire Innovation Program Scholar for the School. SUNY’s EIP supports campus efforts to recruit faculty researchers with a proven track record of externally funded research.


How borosilicate glass continues to fuel science and invention after 125 years

1891 was a year of invention and discovery. The Wrigley Company launched what would become a gum empire, Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera, James Naismith thought up basketball, and the escalator was invented. But perhaps most important of all, a new form of glass was manufactured in Germany—borosilicate glass.


Faraday Future earns first US patent

Faraday Future announced that it has earned its very first U.S. patent for a cutting-edge power inverter that it calls the “FF Echelon Inverter.” Its engineers reduced the inverter to its essential elements. Instead of trying to put together a functioning inverter from off-the-shelf parts, they instead pursued an entirely original inverter architecture—one that offered a simpler, more straightforward design.


Alcoa awarded up to $50M from army to advance combat vehicles

Alcoa has been awarded a five-year contract from the U.S. Army worth up to $50 million for R&D projects focused on developing innovative, lightweighting solutions for ground combat vehicles. Alcoa’s first “work directive,” or project funded under the contract, is an initiative to advance Alcoa-developed aluminum weld wire alloys.


Lockheed seeks to lay off up to 1,000 aeronautics workers

Lockheed Martin Corp. says its aeronautics division is seeking to part with up to 1,000 workers as it works to stay competitive and keep its staff aligned with orders. A company spokesman said the layoff follows an analysis of the division’s competitiveness and is “not related to a specific program.”


3M completes its longest known running ACCR field test

3M recently completed its longest known field test of a composite conductor in the United States, a 13-year field test of the 3M Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced (ACCR). Installed in 2001 on a 115 kV transmission line at Xcel Energy’s Riverside Plant in Minneapolis, the test demonstrated the strength and resiliency of 3M’s ACCR composite conductor in demanding environmental conditions.


Rio Tinto completes sale of interest in Bengalla Joint Venture for $616.7M

Rio Tinto has completed the sale of its 40% interest in the Bengalla coal Joint Venture in Australia to New Hope Corporation Limited for $616.7 million. Rio Tinto has now announced or completed $4.7 billion of divestments since January 2013. A change to the ownership structure of Coal & Allied completed on Feb. 3, 2016, helped enable this transaction.


UK to unveil largest floating solar array in the world

Workers with Ennoviga Solar and Lightsource Renewable Energy are set to unveil the largest floating solar array in the world later this month. The array consists of 23,000 solar photovoltaic panels atop 61,000 floating platforms, which are held in place by 177 anchors—the overall result is an array approximately 128.3 hectares in size.


Missouri S&T to host Concrete Conference this spring

Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the annual Missouri Concrete Conference May 3–4 in the Havener Center on campus. Conference registration is $140 per person. The conference will be of interest to contractors, public agencies, consulting engineers, testing labs, aggregate producers, equipment technical representatives, and ready mix, cement and admixture suppliers


Supply chain must support future growth of glass sector

Fabricators, installers, and manufacturers across the glass and glazing supply chain must do more to promote the benefits of high-performance products to homeowners if they are to secure the future growth of the industry, according to a new report published by Pilkington United Kingdom Limited.


Saint-Gobain invests €4M in glass plant in Calarasi

Saint-Gobain Glass production facility at Calarasi will see a €4 million worth investment this year, out of which €2 million will be invested in environment-protection technologies, according to Constantin Hariton, delegate deputy general manager of Saint-Gobain Romania.

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