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Published on August 22nd, 2014 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on August 22nd, 2014 | By: April Gocha


Applications for postdoctoral fellowships at CeRTEV are invited

Applications for postdoctoral fellowships are invited for conducting fundamental or applied research at the Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEV) in São Carlos, Brazil. Each fellowship is two years, starting in January 2015, and is renewable for two additional years upon mutual consent.


Morgan Advanced Materials launches Heat Flow, its new web-based heat transfer calculator

Morgan Advanced Materials announced the launch of Heat Flow, a completely enhanced online steady-state heat transfer calculator. The application allows users to simulate an unlimited number of heat transfer scenarios using Morgan’s market leading insulation and refractory products, as well as other user-defined materials.


PPI report shows dip in flat glass prices for July

Flat glass prices dropped in July, in contrast to how they’ve been trending for most of the year. According to the latest Producer Price Index Report issued by the U.S. Labor Department, flat glass prices dropped 0.2 percent from June to July, their first decrease since January. The flat glass index sits at 120.6.


Vesuvius announces technical services acquisitions in Brazil and US

Vesuvius, a global leader in molten metal engineering, announced the signing of binding agreements for the acquisition of two businesses, Ecil Met Tec and Process Metrix. The total consideration for these acquisitions will be approximately £30 million, and both are expected to be complete during 2014.


Avio’s electron gun builds jet engines

(GE Reports) Engineers at the Italian aerospace company Avio have developed a process for 3D printing lightweight metal blades for jet engine turbines. The method builds the blades from a titanium powder fused with a beam of electrons accelerated by a 3-kW electron gun.


National unemployment rate stagnant as construction employment increases

The national jobless rate was little changed in July at 6.2 percent, 0.1 percent higher than in June. The rate, however, sits 1.1 percentage points lower than in July 2013. On the construction front, firms added jobs in 39 states from July 2013 to July 2014.


Al Maha Ceramics IPO next month

The initial public offering (IPO) by Al Maha Ceramics will open for subscription next month at the Muscat Securities Market. According to Al Anwar Holding, its associate company Al Maha Ceramics will divest 40 percent of its paid-up capital equaling 20 million shares.


Lippert buys windshield business

Lippert Components, a subsidiary of Elkhart-based Drew Industries Inc., has acquired certain assets and the business of Duncan Systems Inc., also based in Elkhart. The purchase price was $18 million.



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