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Published on January 13th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on January 13th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Smart windshields seen as the new ad billboards inside a car

The next frontier in digital advertising may be your car’s windshield. Automakers, technology companies and glass manufacturers are teaming up to turn the display that graces the front of an iPhone into the windshield of a car—one that can show ads, directions, and vehicle information to the person behind the wheel.


Tesla starts battery cell production at gigafactory

Electric car maker Tesla Motors has started mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at its gigafactory in Nevada along with Japan’s Panasonic Corp. The cylindrical “2170 cells”, which will be used to power Tesla’s energy storage products and the new Model 3 sedan, have been jointly designed by Tesla and Panasonic.


Federal budget authority for research and development continues upward trend

Federal budget authority for R&D rose in FY2016, the third straight year of current dollar increases, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. The FY 2016 budget authority total for R&D came to $149 billion in current dollars, up $10.5 billion from the previous year.


Glass industry haunted by gas price uncertainty

The uncertainty on gas prices and the increased regional competition haunt the performance of sheet glass industry in 2017. Chairman of the Sheet and Safety Glass Association Yustinus Gunawan said that glass manufacturers are still cautious of their 2017 production plan.


State of the composites industry report for 2017

Since 1960, the U.S. composites industry has grown 25 times, whereas the steel industry has only grown 1.5 times and the aluminum industry is three times larger, according to market research firm Lucintel. That’s good news for composites, but to understand the growth it’s important to dig deeper into the numbers and break down the industry into segments.


Berliner Glas used for EnMAP satellite

The Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP), a German Earth observation satellite mission, is using prisms from the Berliner Glas Group onboard the craft for laser communication in space. This mission will measure sun rays reflected from the Earth’s surface over a wide spectral range.


Sener, Thales Alenia Space sign business agreement

Engineering and technology group Sener and space systems developer Thales Alenia Space have signed an agreement to execute a joint business plan that will develop the Spanish space industry with the manufacture of optical payloads. The strategic agreement aims to develop the necessary capacities to lead the optical observation instruments sector in Spain.


FLIR launches 5 new thermal cameras at CES 2017

FLIR Systems Inc. announced the launch of five new thermal imaging cameras at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. All five products feature FLIR Lepton, FLIR’s revolutionary thermal microcamera core, and FLIR’s patented multispectral dynamic imaging technology.


DOE launches new Manufacturing USA Institute focused on recycling and reusing materials

As part of the Manufacturing USA initiative, the Energy Department announced a new Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, which will be headquartered in Rochester, N.Y. REMADE will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding and will be matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from over 100 partners.


Xaar and Metco join forces to deliver digital soluble salts solution to Lappato tile market

Xaar plc, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce a new partnership with Italian ink manufacturer Metco Srl to deliver Xaar-approved Solvent Soluble Inks for use in GS12C and GS40C variants of the Xaar 1003 printhead and the Xaar 2001 GS12C. 


American Concrete Institute announces new presidents series of webinars

The American Concrete Institute announces the availability of a new Presidents Series of webinars. The first webinar— “ACI 318: What’s in Your Spec?”—will be presented by William E. Rushing Jr., P.E., FACI, and ACI Past President.


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