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Published on May 20th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on May 20th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Nissan to take 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors for 237 billion yen

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that they have signed a basic agreement to form a far-reaching strategic alliance between the two Japanese automakers. Following an MMC share issue, Nissan will take a 34% equity stake in MMC for 237 billion yen.


Market report: Growth opportunities for ceramics matrix composites in aerospace industry

According to a new market report, the future of the aerospace CMC industry looks positive with opportunities in commercial aircraft, defense, and spacecraft applications. The global aerospace CMC industry is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 8.9% from 2016 to 2021. Major growth drivers of this market are increasing penetration of CMC in the future generation aircraft and spacecraft.


H.C. Starck invests in powder processing technology for additive manufacturing

H.C. Starck announces its investment in state-of-the-art processing capabilities to manufacture specialized refractory metal powders for additive manufacturing. With this new technology, H.C. Starck now offers spheroidized refractory metal powders with tailored chemistry and particle size distribution, in molybdenum, tantalum, niobium, and tungsten in pure and alloyed powder forms.


Newcastle’s IPS ceramics opens new facility in North Carolina

A company that manufactures specialist ceramic products has realized its ambitious growth plans by opening a brand new facility in America. IPS Ceramics, based in Newcastle, U.K., has announced the formation of a U.S. subsidiary—IPS Ceramics USA Ltd. The move to establish the new base—in Cornelius, North Carolina—will allow the company to improve its service across the whole of the U.S. and prepare for growth in the Canada, Mexico and South America regions.


Lab partnership opportunities for US small businesses and manufacturers

The Energy Department announced the launch of the Manufacturing Innovation through Energy and Commerce (MITEC) pilot in four states—Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. The program will provide small businesses access to the advanced tools, technology transfer expertise, and research capabilities and business development resources of government labs and programs.


Boelter Cos. acquires Canadian glass and ceramics company Chrislan Ceramics

Boelter Cos. (Waukesha, Wis.) has acquired Vancouver-based Chrislan Ceramics, a company that supplies ceramic tap handles, decorated glassware and insulated growlers to the brewing industry, with a manufacturing facility in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. The acquisition will help grow Boelter’s beverage group, which provides decorated glassware, brand support products and point-of-sale fulfillment services to the brewing industry.


Bristow to lead MS&T’s Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies

Douglas Bristow, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named the director of the Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies at Missouri S&T. The center specializes in fabrication and assembly technologies that are applicable to aerospace and other manufacturing industries.


6 ways your windshields will change soon

Windshields and auto glass are designed to contribute to safety, design, sophistication and in the coming years, a lot more. They are being fabricated with stronger, thinner, and more lightweight materials. Like carbon fiber, glass is becoming strong enough to contend for structural roles. Here are six trends showing a clear view on the future of auto glass.


Shutting down Pittsburgh Corning closing its Port Allegany plant

Pittsburgh Corning Corp. is closing its doors in Port Allegany, Pa., with a projected end date of October. In a surprise move, the company announced the closure of the 79-year-old glass block plant—the oldest in the Pittsburgh Corning company. The approximately 75 Port Allegany employees were told shortly before a press release was distributed to the media.


The company making Elon Musk’s 760 mph train has explained its levitation technology

The company developing Elon Musk’s 760 mph maglev train has announced new details about the levitation system it plans to use. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) said that it will use a passive magnetic levitation system developed by Lawrence Livermore National Labs. HTT has exclusively licensed the technology for their Hyperloop project.


Daimler, like Tesla, tailors advanced batteries for home use

Luxury automaker Daimler reportedly aims to compete with Tesla in energy storage as well as the electric vehicle market. TechCrunch reports that the Mercedes-Benz owner’s lithium-ion battery subsidiary (Deutsche ACCUmotive) introduced in-home battery storage units in its native Germany and soon plans to expand into other countries.



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