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Published on June 3rd, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on June 3rd, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


CoorsTek acquires Philips Ceramics operation in Uden, Netherlands

CoorsTek announced it has acquired the Philips ceramics operation in Uden, Netherlands. Through this acquisition CoorsTek expands its ongoing strategic partnership with Philips, and will serve both Philips and other regional customers from Uden.


Corning and Saint-Gobain together look to make auto glass lighter and tougher

A joint venture between two international specialized-materials companies is looking to develop lighter, more durable automotive window glass. Saint-Gobain Sekurit, part of the France-based Saint-Gobain Group, and U.S.-based Corning plan to develop, manufacture and sell automotive glazing products that offer “significantly improved lightness, toughness and optical quality over traditional solutions,” according to a joint statement.


DOE awards up to $4M to recover rare-earth and critical materials from geothermal fluids

The Energy Department announced four R&D projects in California, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming that will receive up to $4 million in total funding to assess the occurrence of rare-earth minerals and other critical materials that may be dissolved in higher-temperature fluids associated with energy extraction.


Argonne launches first tech incubator

Developing transformative energy technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes and new materials requires more than a great idea and some committed people. It takes an innovation ecosystem. To meet this challenge, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Argonne National Lab announced a new innovation accelerator program for science and energy entrepreneurs called Chain Reaction Innovations.


5 technological applications impacting manufacturing innovation

A manufacturer can be innovative in various ways beyond the use of technology. Innovation can include the utilization of new business models, the development of new processes and services, and the enhancement of existing products too. So, in that spirit, here are five technologies that are impacting manufacturing innovation.


Asahi India Glass net profit likely to surge in March quarter

Asahi India Glass, a leading automobile component player in the country, will announce its financial results for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016 on May 24. As per IIFL’s forecast, the company is expected to register a net revenue of Rs.544 crore, a rise of 1.6% qoq and 2.7% yoy.


Industry expert discusses safety in the glass plant

The glass industry has taken a serious approach to workplace safety in recent years, but there is still plenty of progress to be made. GED Solutions’ Mike Burk, who chairs the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance’s glass safety awareness program, recently led an American Architectural Manufacturers Association webinar on the topic.


NIST, partners create standard to improve sustainable manufacturing

Anyone who’s ever covered a wall with sticky notes to clearly map all of the steps in a process knows how valuable that exercise can be. It can streamline workflow, increase efficiency and improve the overall quality of the end result. Now, a public-private team led by NIST has created a new international standard that can “map” the critically important environmental aspects of manufacturing processes, leading to significant improvements in sustainability while keeping a product’s life cycle low cost and efficient.


Army, Drexel University enter cooperative research agreement

The U.S. Army is partnering with Drexel University in a joint research agreement to spur scientific research in areas of mutual interest. The Army will work closely with Drexel under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, initially to identify damage on Army aircraft due to metal fatigue and stress and to formally address modeling approaches to the severity of damage precursors in aviation structures.


Construction industry no longer getting left behind in technology

Historically, the construction sector is much slower to adopt new technology compared to other industries. But, it’s been turning a corner in recent years. The Associated General Contractors of America recently held a webinar titled “Construction Technology: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” during which industry experts discussed why this has been, and what the future holds.


Nearly 40% of manufacturers expect to add advanced tech

Nearly four in 10 global manufacturers plan to allocate significant funding toward advanced technologies in the next two years, according to a new survey from auditing firm KPMG. KPMG’s 2016 Global Manufacturing Outlook survey—which polled 360 executives, including 80 in the U.S.—found that 39 percent of respondents expected research and development spending to be devoted to those technologies, including robotics and 3D printing.


Boosting manufacturer production with a no VOC fiberglass alternative

Fiberglass emits hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during manufacturing due to its resins. Because of the limitations of traditional fiberglass, manufacturers are being forced to look beyond the usual manufacturing techniques. That’s where a breakthrough in the manufacturing process of fiberglass has led many proactive manufacturers to find a new no VOC fiberglass alternative using a specially designed polyurea that increases production at a lower cost.


H.C. Starck increases revenues despite weak raw materials markets

H.C. Starck, one of the leading manufacturers of customer-specific powders and components made of technology metals and technical ceramics, performed well in 2015 despite a difficult market environment. The company increased its revenues from the previous year to 815.2 million euros (2014: 785.9 million). By December 31st 2015, the company employed a total of 2,679 employees worldwide (2014: 2,678).


Ross ships world’s largest planetary dual dispersers

Ross announces the completion of three 1000-gallon planetary dual dispersers, the world’s largest change-can mixers of their kind. A dual-post hydraulic lift raises and lowers four sets of agitators—two pairs of helical high viscosity blades and two dual-blade high speed dispersers—into the jacketed mix can. The disperser’s wide shear range and robust processing capability makes it ideal for very challenging viscous dispersions up to several million centipoise.


American Concrete Institute announces new publication on concrete curing

The American Concrete Institute announced the availability of a new publication for concrete industry professionals—ACI 308R-16 Guide to External Curing of Concrete. This guide reviews and describes practices, procedures, materials, and monitoring methods for the external curing of concrete and provides guidance for specifying curing procedures. Curing methods for several specific categories of cement-based products are discussed in this document.


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