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Published on May 6th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on May 6th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Kyocera breaks ground to expand industrial ceramic manufacturing operations in Washington

Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for a $10 million expansion of its manufacturing operations in Washington state. Planned for completion during this calendar year, the new construction will expand Kyocera’s existing 40,000-square-foot facility by 45%, to 58,000 square feet, and could create up to 30 new employment positions over the next few years.


Corning to acquire Alliance Fiber Optic Products

Corning Inc. and Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Corning will acquire Alliance Fiber Optic Products. Under terms of the agreement, Corning will make an all-cash tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc. for $18.50 per share, representing a transaction value of approximately $305 million.


Freedonia Group releases new download: Examining next-generation refractories

Kyle Peters, an Industry Analyst with The Freedonia Group, was a moderator at the Ceramic & Glass Application session at the Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio, last week. His presentation, Examining Next Generation Refractories, is now available for download. 


High product, labor costs lead to decline in Boeing’s profit

Aerospace giant Boeing Co. saw its quarterly earnings plunge 9% compared to last year, with the Chicago-based company posting $1.2 billion in profits. Revenues were up 2% to $22.6 billion but that was not enough to offset higher costs for Boeing’s products and labor. Boeing is currently in the process of reducing its 160,000-person workforce by about 4,500 to help keep its costs under control.


Admatec unveils ADMAFLEX 130 high-performance ceramic 3-D printer

Dutch ceramic 3-D printing experts Admatec have just announced that their first flagship 3-D printer, the ADMAFLEX 130, will be released in September 2016. An industrial-grade 3-D printer for high-performance ceramics, it will put a wide range of materials at the user’s fingertips. Admatec harnesses more than 20 years’ worth of ceramic production experience by merging Formatec Ceramics and Energy Research Centre the Netherlands.


IPS Ceramics announces new US subsidiary

IPS Ceramics, the refractories and technical ceramics expert, has just announced the formation of a US subsidiary—IPS Ceramics USA Ltd. The new company is headquartered in Cornelius, N.C. and will be led day-to-day by vice president Mike Jackson. In addition to the new company and offices, IPS retains its U.S. East Coast warehousing and distribution facility.


New energy bill has industry implications

The Senate approved a comprehensive energy bill on Wednesday that defines what technical assistance the Department of Energy can provide in developing new model energy codes. It also ensures that certain products and technologies are not given preferential treatment. The Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) is “the first ambitious energy bill approved by the Senate in nearly a decade,” the Associated Press reports.


Lucideon offers refractories training for industry

Lucideon, the international materials expert, is offering refractories training courses for industry. The courses, which will be delivered at Lucideon’s Stoke-on-Trent headquarters in the U.K., are offered in a series of stand-alone but complementary modules. For those requiring customized training solutions, Lucideon’s experts can provide on-site courses to meet specific business requirements.


Macom initiates legal action against Infineon over next-gen semiconductor tech

Macom Technology Solutions Holdings Inc., a supplier of high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products, announced that it has initiated legal action against Infineon Technologies and International Rectifier, to defend its rights to use the pioneering and patented gallium nitride on silicon technology developed by Nitronex (acquired by MACOM in 2014) in MACOM’s core markets. 


Carbo Ceramics to layoff 61 employees

The downturn in the oil and gas industry has taken a toll on yet another ceramics company. Carbo Ceramics recently announced that layoffs are in the near future. The Houston-based company will be laying off workers at their Industrial Drive location in New Iberia.


Superior Technical Ceramics joins largest-ever US business delegation to 2016 Hannover Messe

Superior Technical Ceramics announced its official participation in the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology. Hannover Messe took place on April 25–29, in Hannover, Germany. For the first time in the Fair’s history, the U.S. was the partner country, a status that provides the more than 390 businesses and organizations to be prominently featured throughout the event.


New confocal microscope Zeiss LSM 800 for materials research and failure analysis

Zeiss introduced a confocal laser scanning microscope ZEISS LSM 800 for materials applications and analysis in research and industry. The microscope enables precise, 3-D imaging of microstructures and surfaces. The combination of confocal fluorescence and other contrasting techniques in one instrument enables high-precision examination of nanomaterials, metals, polymers, and semiconductors with maximum information content.


NIST MEP to help small manufacturers engage with Manufacturing Innovation institutes

NIST will provide up to $7 million in funding for pilot projects to benefit small U.S. manufacturers by enhancing collaboration between its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The funding will allow MEP center personnel to be embedded in the institutes to work with their staffs on each project.


Apple car exclusive: Experts look at what could be a game-changer

An estimated 1,000 people are thought to be working at an Apple complex in Sunnyvale, Calif., according to AppleInsider. Operating under an apparent shell name, “SixtyEight Research,” employees have supposedly been told to turn around their Apple name badges (which already have their Apple logos deleted). And then there’s the autonomous rumors.


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