Published on January 31st, 2014 | By: Eileen De Guire0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on January 31st, 2014 | By: Eileen De Guire
British materials technology group Ceram is set for a new identity to reflect an expanding portfolio. The international company is changing its name to Lucideon on February 1, 2014. The firm, based in Staffordshire, UK, has acquired new businesses over the years and the move is designed to bring them together under one banner. The change will also help grow the business, which offers materials development, testing and analysis, resource efficiency and assurance to clients around the globe.
The Kyocera Group will supply 725 kilowatts of solar modules for the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands. The roof of The Hague’s soccer stadium is to be equipped with 2,900 high-quality Kyocera solar modules. The stadium is the home of the first-division Dutch soccer team ADO Den Haag and has a capacity of 15,000. In addition to soccer, the stadium is used for field hockey games. The construction work is set to take place this summer, immediately following the Hockey World Cup, which will use the stadium as a venue.
US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced nearly $50 million to accelerate research and development of new vehicle technologies that give drivers and businesses more transportation options and protect the environment in communities nationwide. This new funding includes support for the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a broader initiative launched in March 2012 to make plug-in electric vehicles more affordable and convenient to own and drive than today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.
The US Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent describing a device with built-in pressure sensors that work in concert with touchscreen input to provide enhanced UI navigation. Apple’s “Gesture and touch input detection through force sensing” patent application details a device that implements the usual multitouch displays seen in the iPhone and iPad, but adds at least three force sensors underneath the screen’s surface. By deploying the pressure-sensitive components around corners of the device, or other known areas, the sensors can be translated into a secondary mode of input.
As coordinator of the European project ‘ReBioStent’, Ceram announced that the project to develop new biomaterials and new arterial stents has been awarded Euro 5.874M by the European Union. With collaboration from fourteen partners from academia and industry, the EU FP7 project aims to develop multifunctional biomaterials for reinforced bioresorbable drug-eluting stents. These newly developed biomaterials will be drug-loaded, bioresorbable and, compared to current bare metal stents, will have improved mechanical properties, thereby reducing the risk of in-stent restenosis and thrombosis. The new biomaterials will also offer surface functionalisation to promote rapid endothelialisation on which new bioresorbable stents will be developed for clinical trial.
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