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Published on August 11th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on August 11th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Molten glass erupts like a volcano at Owen-Illinois plant

On Monday, 300,000 tons of molten glass spilled like a volcano from a ruptured tank at the Owens-Illinois glass plant in Ohio. Molten glass from the Owens-Illinois glass plant wrapped itself around structural beams in the plant, causing deep concern that the glass would melt the beams and cause the building to collapse.


3-D printed technical ceramics global market to treble in five years

BCC Research anticipates the global market for 3-D printing of technical ceramics to reach $174 million and $544 million in 2017 and 2022, respectively, achieving a 25.6% CAGR. Growing penetration in different sectors, new manufacturing processes with high-throughput and lower production costs, and increased R&D activities are driving the growth.


Smartphone screen maker Japan Display cutting 30% of workforce

Japan Display said Wednesday it would slash 3,700 jobs, or about 30% of its workforce. Citing intense competition, the struggling smartphone screen maker said it would cut 3,500 positions at overseas assembly plants and another 240 jobs from its payroll in Japan.


China’s crackdown on polluting factories hits India’s imports of refractory material

China’s crackdown on polluting factories has hit India’s imports of refractory material, with the steel, cement, aluminum, and glass industries facing the heat. The new environment tax policy in China has forced raw material suppliers there to scale down production.


BJS Ceramics and Fraunhofer expand SiC ceramic fiber pilot plant

The Fraunhofer Center for High temperature Lightweight Construction location in Bayreuth, Germany, will be expanded by a ceramic fiber pilot plant for oxydic and non-oxydic ceramic fibers. The ceramic fiber plant will start up in January 2019. BJS Ceramics GmbH from Gersthofen, Germany, is a key partner.


Guardian Glass jumbo coater construction brings expertise to North America

Guardian’s newest jumbo coater, under construction at its Carleton, Michigan glass manufacturing complex, is a major milestone in a long history of oversized glass production from the company that delivers solutions to architects and fabricators around the world.


Goodfellow celebrates 50 years in a ‘material’ world

Tucked away near Pittsburgh International Airport is the U.S. operation of a company that has quietly grown to be one of the most respected suppliers of research-grade metals, ceramics, and polymers in the world. Goodfellow celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.


Slag Cement Association launches website featuring new slag cement locator

The Slag Cement Association announced the launch of www.slagcement.org—its new, mobile-friendly website featuring slag cement-related tools, resources, and downloadable materials to serve the needs of ready-mix producers, engineers, and other industry professionals.


Ferro Corp. buys Israeli company for $60M

Ferro Corp., a maker of coatings and color products, said it has acquired Dip-Tech Ltd., which makes digital printing products for glass coatings, for $60 million. Privately held Dip-Tech is based in Kfar Saba, Israel.


Memorandum of understanding between Serbia and Rio Tinto on Jadar project

Rio Tinto has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Serbia in respect to implementation of the Jadar Project. The project is related to a world-class lithium-borate deposit that could supply a significant proportion of global demand for lithium and borates.


Energy Department announces 11 projects to boost private-sector energy innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $7.8 million in support of eleven projects to unlock private-sector resources for energy innovation. The projects are designed to address systemic barriers currently preventing the private sector from more fully supporting energy innovation.


Sika hits record sales; Auto business sees double-digit growth

In the first half of 2017, Sika Corp. reported a sales increase of 8.1%, or $3,140.4 million, and a net profit increase of 16% on a year-over-year basis. The company said the growth is largely due to investments in new products, national subsidiaries and factories.


American Concrete Institute announces $50,000 available to student teams

The American Concrete Institute announced the availability of $50,000 for student teams from international universities to participate in the Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Bowling Ball Competition during the ACI Concrete Convention & Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Lucideon webinar: The effect of powder milling on performance

In this Lucideon webinar—held Thursday, September 7 at 10:00 EDT—materials scientist Adam Healey will describe several different milling techniques, the advantages and disadvantages associated with them, and discuss case studies of altered milling processes.



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