Published on December 23rd, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on December 23rd, 2016 | By: April Gocha, PhD
Leading global glass manufacturers expect steady growth for the global glass industry in the coming year. While some individual markets continue to struggle, most regions are poised for growth, with North America leading the way.
SolarWindow Technologies Inc. announced that it is expanding product development to include applying its electricity-generating coatings onto flexible glass—only 0.1-mm-thick—that is flexible enough to be bent without breaking or cracking. The company estimates that the world’s first transparent, electricity-generating flexible glass conservatively represents a $25 billion market.
American factories ordered less manufacturing technology in October, with order value tumbling 32.9% compared to September, according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology’s latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology report. Even so, year-over-year numbers are up 0.2% from October 2015.
AGC Asahi Glass announced that it had resolved to establish a new production base for TFT-LCD glass substrates in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, to meet expanding demand in China while improving asset efficiency in LCD glass substrates business. Mass-production is planned to start in 2019.
Ilika, a pioneer in materials innovation and solid-state battery technology, announced a collaborative project with McLaren Applied Technologies and Sharp Laboratories of Europe to create an autonomous energy harvesting power source, thanks to funding of over £500,000 from Innovate UK.
2016’s top industry news headlines reveal a North American glass market that is in a period of change led by consolidation, investment and expansion. The year saw the sale of several prominent, long-standing glass companies at both the float and fabricator level. Glass Magazine presents a compilation of the most-clicked news stories of 2016.
The International Advanced Research Centre along with Indian Ceramic Society, Hyderabad chapter, organized a one-day workshop on “Advanced Ceramic Processing and Fabrication” on December 12.
To be held April 5, 2017, at Lucideon in Stoke-on-Trent, U.K., this event will bring together academics and industrialists from all sub-sectors of the ceramic industry seeking to improve their knowledge of the potential applications of digital technologies within ceramic manufacturing/production processes.
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