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Published on April 21st, 2017 | By: April Gocha

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on April 21st, 2017 | By: April Gocha

 

Kobe Steel acquires Swedish isostatic press manufacturer Quintus Technologies

Kobe Steel Ltd. acquired Swedish isostatic press manufacturer Quintus Technologies AB from U.S. private equity firm Milestone Partners on April 5. The purchase price was $115 million. Quintus is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Kobe Steel.

 

OSHA to delay enforcing silica rule

OSHA has announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry so it can conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.

 

The skills that industry hires need

When industry employers look for specific professional skills in potential hires, it’s not just to get out of training them. Having these types of skills already in hand helps the new employees, too. Right away, they can focus on the work they ultimately need to do, rather than on acquiring the basic “soft” skills that are necessary for success in industry.

 

A new class of glass: How tech is making daylighting design more energy efficient

Architectural glazing has been a definitive feature of building design for more than a century. The trend is prevalent in commercial and residential buildings, which increasingly prioritize glass for its ability to bring daylight inside.

 

Saint-Gobain extends option to buy Sika stake from family

French group Saint-Gobain has extended until the end of this year its contract to buy a controlling stake in Swiss construction chemicals maker Sika from Sika’s founding family and may prolong it again until the end of 2018.

 

Vitro Glass plant cited as model for water reclamation

The Wichita Falls, Texas, glass plant operated by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) was cited as a national model for water reclamation. The $1.9 million project has reduced potable water consumption at the facility by more than 50 million gallons per year.

 

Lackmond Products Inc. appoints Steve Leeper as president

Lackmond Products Inc., a supplier of diamond tools, carbide tools and equipment, has named Steve Leeper as president, overseeing the Lackmond Products and Lackmond Stone’s divisions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

 

Federal research funding up in FY 2015

Federal funding for R&D totaled $131.4 billion in FY2015, a 1% decrease from the previous year, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

 

Using microscopy for materials analysis? Join Zeiss microscopy experts for this discussion

Are you looking to find the most effective way to combine light and scanning electron microscopy? Would combining these two complementary techniques improve your research or analysis work? If so, there’s a free online event on Tuesday, May 2.

 

New solar power on tap for India

A contract for a new solar project in India could help the country reach its goals for renewable power capacity, French energy company ENGIE said. Regional subsidiary Solairedirect India secured a contract to build a solar power project in southern India. Once completed in 2018, the French power company will have one of the lead positions in the Indian solar power sector.

 

Hydrogen fuel cell cars creep up—slowly—on electrics

Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads—but only if more stations are built to fuel them. Honda, Toyota and Hyundai have leased a few hundred fuel cell vehicles over the past three years, and expect to lease well over 1,000 this year.

 

CeramTec welcomes new colleagues in the UK

CeramTec welcomed more than 250 new CeramTec colleagues in the U.K. following the acquisition of the assets of Morgan Technical Ceramic’s U.K. Electro-Ceramics businesses, based in Ruabon and Southampton. The acquisition became effective April 3, 2017.

 

PPI: Glass industry material prices edge up

Material prices for the glass and glazing industry ticked up in March. The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category increased a slight 0.1% in March to 132.8 after going unchanged in February at 132.8. Those prices were up 1.8% from a year ago.

 

Cybersecurity: Protecting manufacturing technology and innovation

The Internet of Things is revolutionizing everything from home appliances, nanotechnology and cloud computing, to manufacturing. Advancements are enabling manufacturers to become more innovative, productive, efficient and globally competitive. As we increase our connectivity we must also be aware of the importance of cybersecurity for manufacturers.

 

Hannover Messe 2017: Heraeus works with SAP on the future of 3-D printing

Heraeus Additive Manufacturing is joining SAP SE at Hannover Messe, April 24–28, to present SAP Distributed Manufacturing, the new technology platform that enables faster implementation of additive manufacturing in production and supply chains.

 


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