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Published on July 29th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on July 29th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


What led to PPG’s sale of its glass business?

Last week, PPG and Mexico-based glass manufacturer Vitro announced Vitro is purchasing the assets of PPG’s flat glass business for $750 million. Given PPG’s illustrious 133-year history in glass, the move sent waves throughout the industry—though it apparently hadn’t come as a complete shock.


3M strengthens design and creativity with new 3M Design Center

3M, the global innovation company recognized for diversified technology and collaborative problem solving, announced the grand opening of the new 3M Design Center. Integral to the company’s commitment to apply science in dynamic ways to improve lives daily, the new studio serves as a central hub to enhance creativity for the award-winning 3M Design team.


Asian electronic company selects Harper for two new furnace systems

Harper International has been selected by a leading Asian electronic components firm for the design of two high temperature elevator furnaces for use in their production plant. The furnaces will sinter specialty ferrite materials processed at 1700°C in an oxygen atmosphere.


How additive technologies are paving a path to full-scale manufacturing revolution

Imagine that printing a critical part for an engine whenever you want, wherever you want, becomes as simple as printing on a sheet of paper in your inkjet printer. It’s hard to fathom today, but with each day comes news of amazing breakthroughs in additive manufacturing that makes me think this day is closer than we think.


Zeiss and arivis enable immersive microscopy for materials sciences

ZEISS in close collaboration with arivis AG now offers its customers a unique virtual reality application for microscopy. Innovative software solutions by arivis now allow processing of big image data and visualizing them either as volumes or segmented surfaces with 3-D data glasses. That way, materials scientists are able to explore the inner structures of parts that have been created by 3-D printing to inspect their accuracy and porosity.


NASA selects five aerospace companies for Mars orbiter concept studies

NASA has selected five U.S. aerospace companies to conduct concept studies for a potential future Mars orbiter mission. The companies contracted for these four-month studies are: Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, Calif.; Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo.; Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, Calif.; Orbital ATK in Dulles, Va.; and Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, Calif.


Glass Manufacturing Industry Council announces redesigned website

The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council, the trade association that bridges all segments of glass manufacturing is pleased to announce its redesigned website. GMIC has reorganized its website to provide easier access to information about GMIC’s services, activities, and resources.


Obama administration announces Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative

The Obama Administration announced a new cross government partnership—the Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative—between the Departments of Energy (DOE), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS), Veteran’s Affairs (VA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase access to solar energy and promote energy efficiency across the United States and, in particular in low- and moderate- income communities.


Innovnano launches new website for its advanced ceramic powder range with trial sample offer

Innovnano has announced the launch of a new website to showcase its zirconia powder range. The powders have applications across a number of advanced industries, such as structural ceramics, refractories, energy materials and thermal barrier coatings. The new website has been designed to be fully responsive so that all of the technical content and product and application information is accessible via tablets and smartphones.


American Concrete Institute announces new structural concrete specifications

The American Concrete Institute announces the availability of two important new documents for concrete industry professionals. ACI 301-16 Specifications for Structural Concrete is a reference specification that an architect or engineer can apply to any construction project involving structural concrete by citing it in the project specifications. ACI 301-16 Specifications for Structural Concrete is a reference specification that an architect or engineer can apply to any construction project involving structural concrete by citing it in the project specifications.


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