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Published on August 26th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on August 26th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD


NASA Glenn Research Center to manage contract for work on Mars rocket

NASA Glenn Research Center has been put in charge of what one center official described as the largest space flight contract it has managed since the late-1990s. The center is tasked with overseeing the construction of up to seven Universal Stage Adapters. The adapter is a 33-foot-tall piece of the rocket NASA is developing for future Mars missions.


Global Lighting Technologies opens green, super-efficient manufacturing facility for lightguides

To support sustained growth, Global Lighting Technologies has completed construction on a fifth manufacturing facility. The new facility was developed as a Green Building and includes new fully automatic equipment to allow GLT to go from pellet to pallet without operator involvement. Located in Tongluo, Taiwan, it will open for production in September 2016.


NSF announces $55 million toward national research priorities

The National Science Foundation has made 11 awards totaling $55 million aimed at building research capacity to address fundamental questions about the brain and develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy, and water systems. The cooperative agreements are through NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.


Viscosity measurement training opportunity from Brookfield

Brookfield AMETEK offers its Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements. This popular course is designed to help Brookfield AMETEK Viscometer users comprehend the functionality of their instrument, solve the mysteries of fluid behavior and rheology and create successful and repeatable viscosity test methods for use in both R&D and QA/QC environments.


Fuyao partners with glass recycling company

Fuyao Glass America Inc. has partnered with with Strategic Materials Inc. to recycle glass scrap from the Moraine, Ohio plant. Strategic Materials will set up an operation where it will take glass scrap and return it back to Fuyao’s manufacturing process. The end result will almost eliminate the glass waste product thus making the plant more sustainable and efficient.


How to avoid getting fooled when evaluating refractory contractor bids

Refractory contractors focused on installation, maintenance, and mechanical work are used to filling out request for proposals and cost grids. These are extremely helpful for industrial manufacturing purchasing departments to use to compare unit pricing and select the lowest bid. But sometimes, these end up hurting the contractors—how is that possible?


AGC to set up automotive glass factory in Morocco

Japan-based Asahi Glass (AGC), a global glass manufacturing company, has revealed that AGC Automotive Europe will establish its first automotive glass factory in Africa in Kenitra, Morocco, said a report. The factory’s construction is underway and is expected to begin production in 2019.


Amedica receives FDA clearance for additional lumbar interbody fusion devices

Amedica Corp. announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance of expanded Valeo II Lateral Lumbar sizes. The additional sizes of the Valeo II LL interbody fusion device will be commercially available August 29, 2016. The interbody fusion device is made entirely of Amedica’s proprietary medical grade silicon nitride ceramic. The system includes second generation instrumentation to improve patient safety and surgeon ease of use.


Construction declines over month, increases over year

Construction starts, excluding residential work, declined 5.2% in July compared to June. Starts totaled $33.6 billion for the month, according to a ConstructConnect chief economist. However, starts were 3.4% higher than July 2015, and year-to-date starts through the first seven months of 2016 were 11.6% higher than from the same period last year.


Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials Conference issues call for papers

An official call for papers and posters has been announced for POWDERMET2017: International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, June 13–16, 2017. This leading North American powder metallurgy conference will take place at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada, and is seeking a wide variety of topics.


Medical demand for monolithic ceramics will boost the global technical ceramics

According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global technical ceramics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.37% during the forecast period. The demand from the medical and healthcare industry is driving the market for monolithic ceramics as they are widely used in manufacturing medical devices and implants.


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