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Published on October 21st, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on October 21st, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Usable Glass Strength Coalition awards research grant to Colorado School of Mines

The Usable Glass Strength Coalition announced the award of $80,000 for a grant to Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., to carry out research that aims to improve the understanding of manufactured glass products’ strength properties. The research will be led by principle investigator Ivar Reimanis.


Asian Granito India completes major expansion at Crystal Ceramics

Tile company Asian Granito India Limited said it has completed a major expansion project at its step subsidiary Crystal Ceramics with a total investment of Rs 170 crore. Asian Granito acquired Artistique Ceramic last year through amalgamation scheme approved by the Gujarat High Court, and holds 70% in the ceramic firm through Kediya Ceramics.


When hot-gunning refractory is a better option than a cold cleaning patch

As a full service refractory contractor who prides itself in doing the job right, F.S. Sperry always strives to create the best cost-effective long-term solution when it comes to protecting people, production schedules, and heat processing equipment. But sometimes, the realities of a production schedule justify short-term fixes instead of the best “long-term solution.”


Introducing the new website for Manufacturing USA

The NIST Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office announced the launch of a new industry-facing website, ManufacturingUSA.com. Manufacturing USA is the new public name for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. ManufacturingUSA.com will serve as a key resource—a destination for learning about technology innovations, upcoming events, and industry news coming from the Manufacturing USA institutes.


Şişecam opens two glass production plants in Tatarstan with an investment of $310M

Şişecam Group, Turkey’s biggest glass manufacturer, has opened flat glass and automotive glass production plants in the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation. The flat glass plant, which Şişecam Group and Saint-Gobain hold shares of 70% and 30%, respectively, has a production capacity of 230,000 tons per year.


Semiconductor industry rises month-over-month; growth still slow

The U.S. semiconductor industry reached $28 billion in August for an increase of 3.5% over the previous month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. The Americas market was particularly encouraging, topping 6% month-to-month growth for the first time in nearly three years to lead all regional markets.


Xaar 1003 printhead dramatically improves production output at Oscar Ceramics

Tile manufacturer Oscar Ceramics (Sassuolo, Italy) has focused on production efficiency with tight control of production costs and quality since it underwent an ownership change in 2015. The Xaar 1003 printhead, which the tile manufacturer adopted for digital ceramic tile decoration in February 2016, has helped the company improve production uptime and throughput.


Glass prices tick down in September

Flat glass prices dipped slightly in September, and year-over-year increases continue to level out, according to the latest Producer Price Index report. Prices dipped 0.2% last month after an increase by the same percentage in August. The material’s index is up 3.8% from September of 2015—for comparison, the year-over-year increase was as high as 7.7% in May.


Halliburton and US Silica break record for moving largest sand unit train in North America

Halliburton Co. and U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. announced the companies have moved a record breaking unit train carrying nearly 19,000 tons of U.S. Silica White frac sand from Ottawa, Ill., to Elmendorf, Texas. The train, the largest frac sand unit of its kind shipped to date in North America, recently arrived via the BNSF railroad.


Tech giants race for edge in artificial intelligence

Major technology firms are racing to infuse smartphones and other internet-linked devices with software smarts that help them think like people. The effort is seen as an evolution in computing that allows users to interact with machines in natural conversation style, telling devices to tend to tasks such as ordering goods, checking traffic, making restaurant reservations or searching for information.


This election, candidates must get serious about manufacturing

As we stand poised on the threshold of electing a new president, the conversation around job creation must focus on strengthening the environment for American manufacturing. Before debating how to best propel U.S. manufacturing into a true renaissance, candidates should also disavow a few common misconceptions about the modern manufacturing environment.



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