Published on March 31st, 2017 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramic and glass business news of the weekPublished on March 31st, 2017 | By: April Gocha, PhD
HarbisonWalker International has selected The Point Industrial Park in South Point, Ohio, as the location for construction of its new, state-of-the-art monolithic refractories manufacturing facility. The new facility will be one of the most technologically advanced refractories plants built in the U.S. and will be operational by early 2018.
After being cited by OSHA, Fuyao Glass America Inc. has invested more than $7 million into improving safety standards at its Moraine, Ohio, facility. Complaints of unsafe working conditions began shortly after the plant opened in October 2015, resulting in eight separate federal inspections and proposed penalties.
German car roof system maker Webasto Group will build a factory in central China to produce 1 million sunroofs a year, its largest such facility in the country, local government sources said. The factory, at a cost of $70 million, will be located in Caidian District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province. Construction will take 1.5 years.
Guardian Glass will begin a major capital project to repair the float glass furnace and expand glass production at its Porto Real, Brazil, float glass plant. The project will increase the plant’s production capacity and enhance products and services to support its customers.
Arkansas-based steel company Big River Steel and San Francisco-based enterprise AI company Noodle.ai are collaborating to develop the first smart steel production facility, which will be Big River Steel’s $1.3 billion 1300-acre steel mill in Osceola, Arkansas.
Press Glass SA announced that its subsidiary Glass Systems Group has acquired in the U.K. two Pilkington group factories that have been producing insulating glass units for the residential market. The company also acquired Cervoglass, which offers conservatory glass.
Fabricating glass and glazing systems involves encountering the potential for injury. Despite best efforts to exercise safe practices and provide appropriate safety equipment, injuries do occur. As of Jan. 1, 2017, those injuries are also potentially recordable events under new, federal OSHA electronic reporting guidelines.
Turkish glass manufacturer Sisecam Group reported consolidated net sales of $2.32 million and a net profit of more than $280 million for 2016, according to a financial release. The company reported its total investments reached $330 million in the same period.
The U.S. increased its exports of flat glass from December 2016–January 2017 but decreased imports, according to USGNN.com’s analysis of U.S. Department of Commerce data. However, on a year-over-year basis, the categories were flipped.
UES Inc. received a $48.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to research and develop laser materials. Work will include research for advanced laser hardened materials and techniques. The U.S. Department of Defense says the goal of the research will be to develop a wide range of laser applications, but did not disclose what the products would be used for.
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