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Published on October 28th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on October 28th, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD

 

Ferro Corp. makes two acquisitions for a total of about $60M

Performance materials company Ferro Corp. of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, is bulking up its pigments business with two acquisitions for a total of about $60 million. Ferro announced it entered into an agreement to buy Cappelle Pigments NV, and said it has acquired certain assets of Delta Performance Products.

 

Microban secures patents for antimicrobial technology in ceramics

Microban International has been granted two U.S. patents relating to incorporating antimicrobials into ceramics-based products such as floor and wall tiles, and sanitary ware products such as toilets and sinks. Microban antimicrobial technology is added to the ceramic product during the normal manufacturing process to become an integral and permanent part of the glaze.

 

Tesla says it hopes to work with Panasonic on solar energy

Tesla says it plans to start working with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. on solar energy. Panasonic had no immediate comment Monday on Tesla’s statement on its corporate blog that the companies have signed a non-binding letter of intent to begin collaborating on production of photovoltaic cells and modules at Panasonic’s facility in Buffalo, New York.

 

Heraeus among top 10 family businesses in Germany

The technology group Heraeus received recognition as a Top 10 Family Business from the Foundation for Family Businesses. The foundation focuses on outstanding economic achievements and stresses the influence of family businesses in Germany as a place of business. The study concludes that these companies have a higher innovative capacity than other businesses. 

 

Air Products and NICE sign MOU to work jointly on hydrogen fueling projects in China

Air Products and the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding that outlays a collaborative effort to potentially work together on hydrogen fueling projects in China. The MOU was signed today by representatives of both companies during a ceremony at the opening of NICE America Research, Inc. in California.

 

Manufacturing is misperceived, despite digital revolution

While today’s “smart” factories are driving demand for digitally skilled workers, a majority of Americans (71%) still do not perceive manufacturing jobs as high-tech occupations. With Manufacturing Day close at hand, those attitudes portend problems for U.S. industrial companies, which will need workers to fill an estimated 3.5 million manufacturing jobs during the next decade.

 

Refractories market worth $33.7B by 2020

The global refractories market is projected to be worth $33.7 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 3.9% between 2015 and 2020. Refractories market has experienced decline and is anticipated to register a steady rate of growth during the forecast period. The growth of the market is attributed with increased infrastructure development in the emerging economies such as China, India, and Brazil.

 

California company aims to take BIPV to next level

A group of engineers based in Santa Barbara, Calif., has formed a startup company called Next Energy Technologies that has developed an energy-producing coating system for insulating glass units that it says is an enhancement of other building-integrated photovoltaic technologies for multiple reasons—namely transparency.

 

NSF funds new projects to advance energy-efficient computing

The NSF and Semiconductor Research Corporation have jointly awarded $21.6 million for nine new projects to find revolutionary solutions that will enable more energy-efficient computing. The new three-year projects consider simultaneously novel approaches—including developing nanoscale devices and materials and integrating them into 3-D systems—while inventing new computer architectures to process, store, and communicate data.

 


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