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Published on October 14th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on October 14th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Half of US business R&D concentrated in five states

Five states accounted for just over half of the $255 billion of R&D companies paid for and performed in the U.S. in 2013, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. The five states with the highest levels of business R&D performance—California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, and Washington—accounted for $133 billion, or 52%, of the total.


Corning looks to make gains in automotive market

Gorilla Glass is developed through a two-step proprietary process. The first is a fusion forming process that makes the glass; the second is a chemical strengthening process called an ion exchange. This process gives the glass a lighter weight and higher durability than standard glass. Gorilla Glass is up to 18 times stronger and 30–40% lighter than soda lime glass.


The alphabet of success for companies: Superstars need a dazzling range of qualities

General Electric, the product of an alliance between Thomas Edison, America’s greatest inventor, and J.P. Morgan, its greatest banker, was the technology superstar of the early 20th century. Edison’s patents have long since expired and electricity has become a commodity, but GE remains a commercial empire, the only intact survivor of the companies that made up the original Dow Jones index.


DOE announces $30M investment in hydrogen and fuel cells

The Energy Department released a new report showing continued momentum and growth in the fuel cell industry. To further expand on this emerging market, the Department announced a notice of intent to invest $30 million, subject to appropriations, to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. These projects will leverage national lab consortia launched under DOE’s Energy Materials Network this past year.


Faraday Future announces supply agreement with LG Chem

Faraday Future announced a partnership with LG Chem to supply lithium-ion cells for FF’s electric vehicles. The partnership also represents a joint commitment between both companies to collaborate on the development of EV battery technology, resulting in the world’s highest energy density for a production automotive battery.


Morgan Advanced Materials develops new alumina sensor to withstand extreme temperatures

Morgan Advanced Materials has produced a new type of alumina sensor specially designed for high pressure and high temperature water and sub-metering. The sensor has been specifically developed to withstand extreme temperatures, making it ideally suited to both heat metering and high temperature fluid metering.


Kyocera develops multilayer ceramic capacitors with volumetric efficiency ideal for smartphones

Kyocera Corporation announced that it has developed multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) with industry-leading capacitance for use in telecommunication equipment including smartphones. The new 4.7 μF MLCCs double the capacitance of conventional MLCCs in the same size, enabling greater device functionality in a smaller space


$60M ceramic factory to create 1,500 jobs in Ghana

The ceramic factory at Eshiem nearing completion in the Western will reduce the high rate of unemployment situation in the country since the firm will create over 1,500 jobs for Ghanaians, Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu has disclosed.


New trends in automotive glass: Bigger, smarter windshields

One significant trend in automotive glass is the one that may result from a joint venture between Saint-Gobain Sekurit and Corning Inc. The two companies are teaming up to determine the feasibility of mass producing Corning’s Gorilla Glass, a chemically tempered glass much stronger than conventional automotive glass, known as soda lime glass.


New NIST test bed provides all-in-one toolbox to explore digital manufacturing

Researchers at NIST celebrated Manufacturing Day by launching the Smart Manufacturing Systems Test Bed. The test bed is an innovative model factory that will facilitate the advanced manufacturing technology known as the “digital thread” and help manufacturers cut costs, shorten production time, reduce errors and provide higher quality goods.


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