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Published on February 24th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on February 24th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


HarbisonWalker International announces new plant construction

HarbisonWalker International, the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the U.S., announced that it is investing $30 million to construct a new, state-of-the-art monolithic refractories manufacturing facility.  The new facility will be located along the Ohio River Valley in the northern Kentucky/southern Ohio region.


Morgan Advanced Materials offloads electro-ceramics unit to Germany’s CeramTec

Ceramic products manufacturer Morgan Advanced Materials has sold its U.K. Electro-Ceramics unit to CeramTec Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of German ceramics firm CeramTec GmbH. Morgan Advanced has sold the business, which operates sites in Ruabon in Wales and Southampton on England’s south coast, for GBP 47.0 million in cash.


GE Aviation reveals $4B investment in US operations

GE Aviation invested $4.3 billion in expanding U.S. operations during 2011–2016 and another $1.1 billion internationally. The U.S. investments include $214 million to establish five new plants in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, Indiana, and Alabama, the company said.


POSCO opens its first lithium production plant for battery manufacturing

POSCO recently celebrated the completion of its lithium extraction plant, which is expected to produce 2,500 tons of lithium carbonate per year—enough to manufacture ~70 million laptop batteries. This output will supply LG Chem, Samsung SDI, and its subsidiary POSCO ESM.


Ukip says Brexit will give ‘huge boost’ to Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramics industry

Ukip says Brexit will give a ‘huge boost’ to Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramics industry—despite manufacturers previously backing Remain. Party leader and Stoke-on-Trent Central candidate Paul Nuttall insisted city businesses had nothing to fear and plenty to gain from leaving the EU.


Asahi Glass partner to produce smart glass in Taiwan

Kinestral Technologies, a U.S.-based partner of Japan’s Asahi Glass, will invest $100 million to begin Taiwanese production of its glass that can change color with electrical currents. Plant construction will begin as early as March in northwestern Taiwan, and product sales are scheduled to kick off in early 2018.


Roland DG forms new DGSHAPE subsidiary, develops ceramics 3-D printer

Roland DG is creating a new subsidiary called DGSHAPE to manage its 3-D printing and other related projects. The company also is developing a ceramics 3-D printer. During Formnext, Roland DG demonstrated a prototype of the powder bed ceramic 3-D printer.


Sika industry announces price increases

Effective April 15, 2017, Sika Corp.’s Industry Division will increase prices 2–3% on products within the flat glass, facades, fenestration, auto glass replacement, and insulating glass segments, according to a company announcement.


China to check capacity-eliminating efforts in cement, glass industries

Chinese regulators will inspect cement and glass factories to determine whether the two bloated sectors have taken serious efforts to eliminate outdated capacities. The inspection aims to find out whether government policies and adoption of higher standards for pollutant emissions are being effectively delivered.


Arkema opens the door to the world of ‘extreme materials’

Arkema launched a new website for its three flagship polymer families—Kynar fluoropolymers, Pebax thermoplastic elastomers, and Rilsan high performance polyamides. The website, focused on “extreme materials”, aims to optimize the user experience with rich content and intuitive navigation.


NASA selects proposals for first-ever space technology research institutes

NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes—Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs)—that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system.


How drones are building a better construction industry

Tech-savvy builders have already begun to realize the benefits drone data has to offer. With the world drone market ballooning from today’s $2 billion to $127 billion by 2020, drones will soon play integral roles in construction projects around the globe.


Construction material costs jump in 2016

The cost of materials used in construction rose significantly faster than the price of completed buildings, according to an analysis of federal producer price data. From January 2016–January 2017, there was a 3.8% rise in the producer price index for goods used in construction.


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