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Published on June 30th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on June 30th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Saint-Gobain to increase flat glass production capabilities in Mexico

Saint-Gobain has announced it is building a new flat glass float production line in Saltillo in Mexico. This plant, scheduled to come on stream at the beginning of 2020, will manufacture glass for the automotive and construction sectors.


US Silica to build new frac sand mine and plant in the Permian

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. has approved construction of a new, state-of-the-art frac sand mine and plant in West Texas to serve the rapidly-growing Permian Basin. The new facility is expected to produce approximately 4 million tons annually.


AGC Asahi Glass to sell stake in architectural glass subsidiary in Philippines

AGC Asahi Glass has announced its decision to sell all shares of AGC Flat Glass Philippines Inc. to TQMP Glass Manufacturing Corp. by the end of December 2017. Intensified competition in the Philippines in the past few years has led to a persistent decline in financial performance.


Launching in 2018: Waste Heat Recovery Expo

Waste Heat Recovery Expo will take place alongside Ceramics Expo, May 1–3, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the latest advancements to become more environmentally friendly and efficient and discover innovations that reduce energy consumption, operational costs, and carbon emissions.


Submit abstracts now for meeting on advanced ceramics for sustainable energy

The deadline for abstract submissions to the 6th International Symposium on Advanced Ceramics and Technology for Sustainable Energy Applications toward a Low Carbon Society (ACTSEA 2017) has been extended to July 15, 2017. The purpose of this symposium is to provide an international scientific forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on the up-to-date R&D of advanced ceramics for sustainable energy and energy efficiency applications.


Could Pittsburgh become the Silicon Valley of 3-D printing?

In Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris University are at the forefront of additive technology. Think how Silicon Valley grew up around the talent of Stanford graduates. It’s not unreasonable to imagine GE might be building future boomtowns for additive tech.


Trio Labs’ 3-D printer aims for mass production of metal and ceramic

NC IDEA grant recipient Trio Labs has developed a new 3-D printer that fabricates high-quality precision metal and ceramic parts at an unprecedented pace. The objective for the technology is three-fold: to match the precision of existing systems, to produce metals and ceramics at high volumes and speeds, and to do so more affordably than using conventional manufacturing techniques.


DOE announces nearly $32M for small businesses focused on clean energy tech

The U.S. DOE has announced nearly $32 million in funding for small business-led projects to further develop clean energy technologies. These 32 awards will help small businesses improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, increase transportation sustainability, and generate electricity from renewable sources.


Sri Lanka Royal Ceramics increasing production of porcelain tiles

Sri Lanka’s Royal Ceramics is expanding capacity at its factory by 35%, with a 1.2 billion rupee investment in 2017, which will increase the production of porcelain floor tiles for which demand is high. The expansion project is expected to be completed in October 2017.


Why Nigeria is missing out in $408B global ceramic industry

Although Nigeria has enough raw materials for ceramics production across the six geopolitical zones, over $800 million is being spent annually on the importation of allied products, while the country misses out in the projected $408 billion global market and over three million new jobs yearly.


RoboVent offers ACerS discount for Clean Air Academy

RoboVent is hosting the next Clean Air Academy on July 18–19 in Sterling Heights, Mich. The Clean Air Academy is tailored to help manufacturers learn first-hand the scientific and practical lessons to improve the air quality and production processes within their plant. RoboVent is offering ACerS members an exclusive 25% discount—just reference ACerS in your registration.


3M announces new leadership appointments

3M announced today that Michael F. Roman is appointed chief operating officer and executive vice president, and Hak Cheol (H.C.) Shin is appointed vice chair and executive vice president. Both appointments are effective July 1, 2017.


JEOL releases unique mass spectrometer for analysis of semiconductor process gases

The JEOL InfiTOF compact high-resolution gas analysis mass spectrometer is ideal for monitoring trace impurities in semiconductor process gases, evolved gases from catalytic reactions, vapor epitaxy, and more. The instrument instantly separates isobaric gases for continuous monitoring without chromatography.


State of the powder metallurgy industry in North America in 2017

The powder metallurgy industry continued its moderate growth track in 2016, and most indicators signal a repeat performance for North America in 2017. Conventional press-and-sinter companies and metal powder producers report good business levels, as well as companies involved with metal injection molding, metal additive manufacturing, and hot isostatic pressing.


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