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Published on November 18th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on November 18th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Heraeus additively manufactures complex designs with amorphous metals

Heraeus demonstrated additive manufacturing with amorphous metals for the first time at the Formnext international exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 15–18. In addition, the technology group is expanding its portfolio of high-melting-point high-tech materials for 3-D printing by introducing twelve new high-quality metal powders with improved flow properties.


Şişecam becomes Europe’s largest flat-glass manufacturer

Şişecam Group member Trakya Cam Sanayii A.Ş. has acquired all assets of Italy-based flat-glass manufacturer Sangalli Vetro Porto Nogaro for a gross of €84.7 million before reduction of deduction of debts. By acquiring Sangalli, which has an annual production capacity of 220,000 tons, Şişecam has become the largest flat-glass manufacturer of Europe in terms of capacity.


Snapshot: R&D employment by businesses in the US

Companies active in R&D employed 1.5 million scientists, engineers, researchers, managers, technicians, support staff, and other R&D workers in 2013, according to a new report from NCSES. Although R&D workers account for just over 1% of total business employment in the Unites States, they play a vital role in creating the new ideas and technologies.


Tesla to acquire German company to speed up electric car production

Tesla announced plans on Tuesday to acquire German based-Grohmann Engineering, a company that specializes in automated manufacturing, in a bid to accelerate production of its high-end electric vehicles. No terms for the deal were announced.


Lucideon signs exclusive agreement with Skyepharma to develop abuse-deterrent opioid

Lucideon announced that it has signed an exclusive feasibility, development, and license agreement with a subsidiary of Skyepharma PLC, the expert oral and inhalation drug development company. The agreement will provide Skyepharma’s oral business with access to Lucideon’s proprietary iCRT-deter abuse deterrent controlled release technology.


Glass Solutions develops glass tube brazing furnace for Innoval Technology

Innoval Technology, a global aluminum consultancy company, relies on Glass Solutions to supply precision-manufactured bodies for glass tube brazing furnaces. Adam Nadin, a metallurgical engineer at Innoval, explained: “Using a glass tube brazing furnace, our Materials Testing Team can quickly and accurately simulate industrial conditions on a small scale.”


SolarCity to open Pittsburgh and Buffalo facilities

SolarCity Corp. recently opened an 18,000 square-foot operations center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Elon Musk’s solar panel producer is also on target to open a Buffalo, N.Y., factory in 2017. The Pittsburgh facility is the solar power provider’s third in Pennsylvania, joining locations in Norristown and Lancaster. The new office will employ more than 125 people when fully staffed.


OSHA slaps Fuyao Glass America with $227K in fines

Six complaint inspections by OSHA have resulted in nearly $227,000 in fines for the Fuyao Glass America Inc. facility in Moraine, Ohio. Workers at the plant began making multiple complaints of unsafe working conditions not long after it opened in October 2015, leading to eight separate federal inspections and $226,937 in proposed penalties for the automotive glass supplier.


Asahi Glass Company reorganizes for 2017

Asahi Glass Co. recently announced organizational reform that will be made in the company as of January 1, 2017. The company will abolish the Glass Company and instead newly establish the Building & Industrial Glass Company and the Automotive Company. This organizational reform will enable more agile business operations that better cater to the needs of each market.


Carlex invests €25M in Luxembourg windscreen plant

Automotive glass manufacturer Carlex is investing 25 million euros in a new production line at its Grevenmacher plant. The investment comes as a result of an agreement with the Economy Ministry, which provides financial aid for energy savings of up to 9%.


Former Guardian de Venezuela plant is “a shell of itself,” says worker

The Guardian Industries float glass plant that the government of Venezuela seized in late July is “a shell of itself,” according to a worker at the facility. Because of a lack of raw materials and the state’s intervention, no glass is being produced, the worker says, adding that all the employees can do is keep the production process up and running.


Jury awards $1 In ceramic trademark infringement case

A North Carolina federal jury found that a Pittsburgh-area company willfully infringed Selee Corp.’s trademark rights to the phrase “Engineered Ceramics,” but limited its award to just $1. Jurors sided with the ceramic foam filler maker, ruling that the company’s trademark is not generic and that McDanel Advanced Ceramics Technologies LLC had willfully infringed it.


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