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Published on July 28th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on July 28th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Saint-Gobain acquires TekBond, adhesives specialist in Brazil

Saint-Gobain has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the equity capital of TekBond, the number two adhesives business in Brazil operating in the construction sector and on the automotive aftermarket.


Developing the next generation of structural ceramics

As demand continues to grow for materials to be stronger, more durable and lighter, manufacturers must look for innovative processes to produce the next generation of ceramics. AZoM spoke to André de Albuquerque, CEO of Innovnano, about the company’s unique approach to the ceramics industry.


Apple invented a way to polish iPhones with diamonds and create mirror-like finishes

Apple has patented some super-strong, translucent finishes for housing electronic devices, building on speculation that an upcoming iPhone will have a reflective finish. An Apple patent application depicts an “optically reflective layer,” creating a metallic-looking housing for a laptop or phone.


Does the next industrial revolution spell the end of manufacturing jobs?

Robots have been taking our jobs since the 1960s. So why are politicians and business leaders only now becoming so worried about robots causing mass unemployment? It comes down to the question of what a robot really is.


Alcoa plans partial restart of aluminum smelter at Warrick operations

Alcoa Corporation announced plans to restart three of five potlines at its Warrick Operations aluminum smelter near Evansville, Ind., an action that will further improve the competitiveness of the on-site rolling mill.


China aims to take over car industry, one part at a time

More workers in the global auto industry are relying on Chinese companies to sign their paychecks these days. China-based businesses have been sinking money into various automotive operations—from glass and tire makers to technology developers and car makers—for several years.


Call for papers for CIMTEC 2018

CIMTEC 2018, the 14th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies, will again gather experts to discuss a wide range of the most demanding applications of modern materials, June 4–14, 2018, in Perugia, Italy. The meeting will consist of the 14th International Ceramics Congress and of the 8th Forum on New Materials.


Powder metallurgy industry roadmap updated

The Metal Powder Industries Federation, with the aid of powder metallurgy industry leaders, has released an updated version of the PM Industry Roadmap. Due to significant technological advancements over the past five years, the 2017 PM Industry Roadmap has been updated to provide a detailed research agenda for the industry.


Rolf-Michael Müller and Henri Steinmetz elected to VKI

As a German manufacturer of technical ceramics, CeramTec is a crucial member of the VKI, the German Association of the Ceramics Industry. Rolf-Michael Müller was recently re-elected as chairman. Henri Steinmetz and Nicolas Luc Villeroy were elected as deputy chairmen in May.


Groundbreaking developments at Penn State on Carbon Science Centre of Excellence

Work on a state of the art research facility has officially begun as part of a joint collaboration between Morgan Advanced Materials and Penn State University aimed at driving innovation in the field of carbon science.


Demand for glass construction materials on the rise

With more and more developers in the region opting for green construction materials for their Expo 2020 projects, the use of glass as a prominent building material is becoming popular, said experts ahead of Gulf Glass expo in Dubai, UAE.


Asahi Glass launches mass production of glass substrate for LGPs

AGC announced that it will launch mass production of XCV (pronounced “ex-ive”), a glass substrate for television LGPs with the world’s top light transmittance performance, in August 2017. AGC will supply customers such as LG Display, the world’s largest manufacturer of LCDs.


Resodyn Technical InterChange discount registration open

Mark your calendars for September 18–22, 2017 for Resodyn’s Seventh Annual Technical InterChange at Resodyn headquarters in Butte, Montana. Resodyn has extended the early registration period through August 4, 2017.


Kyocera to participate in virtual power plant test project to improve energy management

Kyocera Corporation has been registered with the Sustainable open Innovation Initiative as a resource aggregator for a new program to help control energy resources among Japanese consumers. Kyocera will focus on remote management of energy supply and demand using home battery storage technologies.


Cornell scientists awarded funding to accelerate materials discovery and development

A group led by Robert Bruce van Dover, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received up to $7.5 million funding from the DOD to develop a multi-agent system that accelerates the science of materials discovery and development.


NREL announces partnership with Panasonic and Xcel Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is partnering with Panasonic Corporation and Xcel Energy to simulate and optimize the energy load profile of Peña Station NEXT, a planned 382-acre mixed-use development in Denver, Colo.


What could giant batteries mean for Indonesian energy?

In response to blackouts and concerns over energy supply, South Australia is getting the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. What exactly does this mean for the future of energy in Australia, and could such an approach work for Indonesia?


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