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Published on December 16th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on December 16th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Kyocera receives FDA clearance for Bioceram Azul ceramic hip replacement

Kyocera Medical Corp. announced it has received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) clearance for its Initia Total Hip System. The system features an option of Bioceram Azul zirconia-toughened alumina ceramic femoral heads.


Panasonic develops first IPS liquid crystal panel with contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1

Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co. Ltd. announced it has developed a new model of its IPS liquid crystal panel that achieves a contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1, which is 600 times that of conventional liquid crystal panels.


Biomaterials expert Delbert Day named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Dr. Delbert E. Day, a prolific inventor whose work with specialty glasses has led to treatments for cancer, bone tissue regeneration and wound care, has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow.


Lufthansa, GE invest in aircraft engine plant in Poland

Lufthansa and General Electric will jointly invest some 250 million euros ($270 million) in Poland to build a plant that will service aircraft engines starting in 2018. Poland’s deputy prime minister of economy and finance said it was a result of the government’s strategy of pursuing and developing modern technology ventures.


Tesla receives $8M in tax credit for the Gigafactory after passing audit

While it was widely reported that Tesla received $1.3 billion in incentives from the state of Nevada to build its factory east of Reno, the automaker has only received a fraction of that amount so far and it is gradually unlocking portions of it as it reaches job and investment requirements under the agreement.


American Institute of Chemical Engineers to lead new Manufacturing USA institute

The U.S. DOE announced that the American Institute of Chemical Engineers will lead the tenth Manufacturing USA Institute. The institute will focus on developing breakthrough technologies to boost domestic energy productivity and energy efficiency by 20% in five years through manufacturing processes.


American Composites Manufacturers Association to host industry leaders at 2017 Composites Executive Forum

On January 11–12, 2017, in Washington, D.C., the American Composites Manufacturers Association will host the 2017 Composites Executive Forum—an exclusive event designed specifically for composites industry leaders seeking innovative business ideas and solutions.


New study shows Innovnano’s 4YSZ produces low thermal conductivity TBCs

An independent study has shown that yttria stabilized zirconia from Innovnano produces thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) with proven low thermal conductivity. The National Research Council of Canada observed a 30% reduction in thermal conductivity when compared to a benchmark TBC.


Global aerospace 3-D printing market to grow at 55.85% CAGR by 2020

The aerospace industry is becoming more reliant on 3D printing—and that trend is expected to continue over the next four years, according to analysis company ReportsnReports. One of the primary drivers of the expansion is the miniaturization of jet engines.


Glass industry-relevant employment and construction numbers on the up

The glass and glazing industry appears to be in good economic shape as the year nears its end, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau data. Nonresidential specialty trade contractors, which includes contract glaziers, have increased employment by 1.4% since this time last year.


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