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Published on June 16th, 2017 | By: April Gocha

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on June 16th, 2017 | By: April Gocha

 

IBM research alliance builds new transistor for 5 nm technology

IBM, its research alliance partners GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung, and equipment suppliers have developed an industry-first process to build silicon nanosheet transistors that will enable 5 nm chips.

 

PPG plant sold to Japanese glass company

PPG has announced that it is selling its remaining fiberglass operations, including the manufacturing plant in Lexington, to Nippon Electric Glass Co. Ltd for $545 million. The fiberglass business includes manufacturing plants in and Lexington, Shelby, and Chester, S.C.

 

China National Building Material to turn Hong Kong’s China Glass into global giant

China National Building Material Group, the world’s largest construction material maker and the nation’s sixth largest glass maker, aims to turn Hong Kong-listed China Glass into its platform for executing Beijing’s overhaul of China’s fragmented and troubled glass industry, according to a senior official.

 

Toshiba Materials and Kyocera to collaborate on nitride ceramic components

Toshiba Materials Co. Ltd. and Kyocera Corp. announced that the two companies have agreed to start full-scale collaboration on development and production of nitride ceramic components. The collaboration aims to provide highly functional products such as power semiconductor components with high heat-dissipating properties.

 

3-D printing and clever computers could revolutionize construction

Powerful computers allow designers to envisage structures that squeeze more out of the compromise between utility, aesthetics and cost. And 3-D printing can help turn those complicated, intricate designs into reality.

 

Beyond scaling: DARPA launches electronics resurgence initiative

The DOD’s proposed FY 2018 budget includes a $75 million allocation for DARPA in support of a new, public-private “electronics resurgence” initiative. The initiative seeks to undergird a new era of electronics in which advances in performance will be catalyzed by continued component miniaturization and radically new microsystem materials, designs, and architectures.

 

Glass-related construction ticks down in April

Construction spending in most glass-heavy building sectors declined in April, according to USGNN.com analysis of recently released U.S. Census Bureau data. Nonresidential and residential construction declined by 1.7% and 0.9%, respectively, from March to April on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. Overall construction was down 1.4%.

 

Qualcomm project could enable electric cars to drive while charging

Qualcomm is developing new technology that would enable electric cars to literally charge their batteries while driving. The project involves incorporating the automotive industry with technologies that enable connected vehicles and next-generation infotainment, along with wireless charging of electric vehicles through electromagnetic induction.

 

3M to sell its electronic monitoring business

3M announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its electronic monitoring business to an affiliate of Apax Partners, a leading global private equity advisory firm, for $200 million, subject to closing and other adjustments.

 

RAK Ceramics partners with American University in Dubai

RAK Ceramics has partnered with the School of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University in Dubai for a design project. This collaboration will see each student design a collection of porcelain tiles for RAK Ceramics.

 

Lackmond Products introduces Beast/B+BTec rail saw and manual tile cutters

Lackmond Products Inc. recently entered into a joint venture with B+BTec, a European manufacturer in the drilling and fastening market, to market and sell their rail saws, manual tile cutters, core drills, rigs and core bits in North America.

 

Culture clash at a Chinese-owned plant in Ohio

A conflict erupted when Chinese glass company Fuyao Glass Industry Group opened a plant in Moraine, Ohio—putting a spotlight on the cultural differences between Chinese and American management styles.

 


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