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Published on July 1st, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on July 1st, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Glass maker Cardinal IG expanding in Indiana

Cardinal IG announced it will invest $2.3 million into its Indiana operations. It is constructing a more than 18,000 ft2 expansion at its Fremont, Ind., facility, where it will install new rack processing to help facilitate new robotic automation. The changes will allow Cardinal to relocate part of its glass manufacturing process previously supported by an out-of-state supplier.


Brexit impact on automotive glass industry remains to be seen

With Britain slated to leave the European Union, much uncertainty remains. This is particularly true for London-based glass companies such as Belron, which has both a European and global presence. Belgium-based D’Ieteren owns Belron, which in turn owns Safelite AutoGlass in the U.S. Belgium is a member of the EU.


Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology represented at state session

Matthew M. Hall, Alfred University associate professor of biomaterials and glass science and Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) director, and Timothy J. Keenan, CACT project manager, were in attendance at the New York State Additive Manufacturing Scoping Session held at the General Electric’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY earlier this month to discuss the potential for ceramic materials in the additive manufacturing industry.


Energy Department announces up to $70M for new REMADE in America Institute

DOE is requesting proposals for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute focused on improving technologies and processes to achieve cost parity of recycled and waste materials with primary feedstocks, while improving material efficiency in manufacturing processes. The REMADE in America Institute will enable development and deployment of key industrial platform technologies that will reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.


GE sets world record for most efficient power plant

GE and EDF officially began operation of the first ever combined-cycle power plant equipped with GE’s HA turbine in Bouchain, France, launching a new era of power generation technology and digital integration. GE also announced that the company has been recognized by Guinness World Records for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant based on an achieved efficiency rate of up to 62.22% at the Bouchain plant.


$10M glass processing plant opening in New Zealand

A new $10 million purpose-built glass processing plant is a strong vote of faith and confidence in the future of Christchurch, New Zealand. The Stake Glass complex currently employs 20 fulltime staff, with plans to hire more staff as the company expands.


GM and the US Navy are building hydrogen fuel-cell underwater drones

While battery-electric cars are all the rage these days, it’s unwise to count out hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles. Using compressed hydrogen gas to create electricity, certain automakers seem to be a bit more invested in this technology than others. GM’s dabbled in fuel-cell technology in the past, but it’s also using its know-how to build underwater drones with the US Navy.


Saint-Gobain saves £165,000 by dialing down factory power at peak periods

Saint-Gobain U.K. and Ireland, one of the U.K.’s largest manufacturing firms, has this week revealed £165,000 of energy savings after “powering down” factory machinery at times of peak demand. Saint-Gobain worked with electricity provider SmartestEnergy to reduce the firm’s extra energy costs for electricity use.


FEI launches Helios G4 DualBeam Series for materials science

FEI launched the Helios G4 DualBeam Series for materials science, offering highly automated and precise sample preparation for transmission electron microscopy and 3-D sample characterization. The Helios G4 features FEI’s most advanced scanning electron microscope and focused ion beam technology with a new level of automation and ease-of-use.


ZEISS surface inspection system enables defect recognition during production

The high-precision ZEISS ABIS II surface inspection system opens up new frontiers in quality assurance. The surface quality of a product constitutes an important criterion for customers and is generally associated with the quality and value of the entire vehicle. ZEISS ABIS II can ensure cost-saving and resource-reducing production processes in the medium term.


Why are some companies more productive than others?

While the differences across firms in terms of productivity is well documented, less attention has focused on what factors may account for these differences. Do these differences reflect idiosyncratic factors specific to a firm or are they related to systematic factors that one can control and change?


Asahi Glass and Solaria announce strategic partnership to deliver advanced photovoltaics

Asahi Glass Company and Solaria Corporation, global provider of solar module technologies, today announced a strategic partnership to bring an AGC Sudare powered-by-Solaria, building integrated photovoltaic solution to the market. AGC entered into a relationship with Solaria to develop a new product series to meet the growing demand for sustainable alternatives to traditional windows and facades.


DOE announces $23M for small businesses focused on clean energy innovations

The Energy Department announced $23 million in funding for 23 new projects led by small businesses to further develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These SBIR awards for $1 million each over the next two years will help small businesses advance their promising concepts that improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, increase transportation sustainability, and generate electricity from renewable sources.


Kinestral Technologies enters into partnership with AGC Group to develop dynamic glass

Kinestral Technologies, a leading developer of next generation dynamic glass, has entered into a strategic partnership with the AGC Group. The partnership will accelerate the market introduction of Kinestral’s fast switching dynamic glass products. The companies will collaborate to complete development, build a large scale manufacturing plant, and jointly market and sell dynamic glass products.


NREL receives $1.38M from DOE to commercialize clean energy technologies

DOE announced that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will be receiving $1.38 million from DOE to lead four projects for the Technology Commercialization Fund. The funds will be used to advance promising renewable energy-related technologies with commercial potential and help strengthen the partnerships between the national labs and private-sector companies.


NioCorp and IBC Advanced Alloys announce agreement to develop scandium alloys

NioCorp Developments Ltd. and IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. have entered into a joint development agreement to investigate and develop applications for scandium-containing alloys for multiple downstream markets. The joint development agreement signals the companies’ intent to collaborate in ensuring a reliable and secure U.S. supply of scandium.


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