Published on January 6th, 2017 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on January 6th, 2017 | By: April Gocha, PhD
An innovative and promising defense-related project on additive manufacturing was launched by the European Defence Agency at the kick-off meeting held on December 21, 2016. The project’s objective is to assess the areas where AM can have a positive impact on defense capabilities and to demonstrate its feasibility.
It is hard to open an industry newsletter or visit an equipment manufacturer’s website without coming across a mention of the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, SMART Manufacturing or “big data.” The accessibility to obtain data will only increase, and this information and its real-time processing will become one of the most important resources for companies in the future.
The wonder of 3-D printing has a dirty little secret: It can be very tedious to clean away the support structures and extra material once an item is printed. But a Buffalo company, PostProcess Technologies, has developed an automated system for cleaning off 3-D printed items. And the results have been so dramatic, the machines are selling as fast as the company can make them.
When Greenleaf’s staff of researchers started exploring what they could do with a new manufacturing method to induce internal crystal growth within a silicon-nitride-based ceramic for forming ceramic composite cutting tool inserts, they “got pretty excited,” as the story goes. They even named the new grade Xsytin—as in “excitin’.”
The global market for ceramic and carbon matrix composites will grow from $3.9 billion in 2016 to nearly $6.2 billion by 2021 with a CAGR of 9.4% for the period of 2016–2021. The aerospace and defense sector is the largest segment of the ceramic and carbon matrix composites market, although the energy and environmental sector is expected to increase considerably as well.
PPG announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell the assets of its Mexico-based Plaka plasterboard and cement-board business to Knauf International GmbH. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2017, although financial terms were not disclosed.
AGC Asahi Glass announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of CMC Biologics, a leading biologics active pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturer, for a purchase price of approximately 60 billion Japanese yen. The acquisition is expected to be completed in January 2017.
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