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Published on October 6th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on October 6th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


National Association of Manufacturers weekly economic outlook report

In the latest Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, the historically high levels of optimism that manufacturers in the United States expressed during the first two quarters of 2017 continued unabated through the third quarter. In March, 93.3% of respondents felt positive about their own company’s outlook, an all-time high in the survey’s 20-year history. 


Coldwater acquires CoorsTek’s ceramic drainage elements business

Coldwater Group announced the acquisition of the paper machine drainage elements business of CoorsTek in Hillsboro, Ore., formerly known as Wilbanks Ceramics, which becomes effective October 1, 2017.


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

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. announced that it plans to build a second, 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 2.6 million tons annually.


Morgan Advanced Materials to officially launch Metals and Joining Center of Excellence

Morgan Advanced Materials is set to expand its international network of cutting-edge materials research facilities with the addition of a dedicated Metals and Joining Center of Excellence in Hayward, Calif.


Vacuum maker Dyson is building an electric car

Dyson Ltd., the British company best known for its vacuum cleaners, is working on an electric car that it says will be launched by 2020. In a recent email to staff, Dyson founder and chief engineer James Dyson said he has a team of 400 engineers and others working on the car.


Green firing developed in SE China’s ceramic kilns

Dehua county, China, has developed a greener way to fire ceramic wares by encouraging local enterprises to use electric kilns. By the end of this August, 70% of all the porcelain enterprises have turned to electric firing, reducing 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide emission.


Call for abstracts for 14th International Ceramic Congress

CIMTEC 2018—14th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies—will be held in Perugia, Italy, June 4–14, 2018. It will consist of the 14th International Ceramics Congress and of the 8th Forum on New Materials. Abstract deadline is October 15.


Registration open for 9th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society

Botswana will be hosting the 9th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS2017) in Gaborone on December 11–14, 2017. The conference theme is “Addressing Africa’s Challenges through Nanomaterials Development.”


3M announces new leadership appointments

3M announced that Paul Keel is appointed to the position of senior vice president, Business Development and Marketing-Sales, and Jon Lindekugel is appointed to the position of senior vice president, Supply Chain. These leadership appointments are effective Oct. 1, 2017.


Energy Department launches up to $15M to tackle solar desalination

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $15 million of new funding to develop revolutionary solar desalination technologies. Projects will explore early-stage technologies with the prospect of significantly reducing the cost of desalination through solar thermal energy.


Can this Tesla alum build the world’s greenest battery?

At Tesla, Peter Carlsson spent nearly five years at Elon Musk’s side as the electric car company’s global supply chain manager. His startup firm Northvolt is raising $120 million for the first phase of the plant, which Carlsson says will produce 32 Gigawatt-hours when fully running in 2023.


Recruiting millennials for manufacturing careers

A key recruiting challenge for the prospective millennial may be an outdated image of manufacturing careers from popular culture and possibly even their parents. Manufacturing today is increasingly digital and innovative.


Microsoft makes a ‘crazy’ bet on fuel cells to feed power-hungry data centers

The tech company is testing the use of natural gas-powered fuel cells that could someday allow data centers—which consume 2% of U.S. electricity—to unplug from the power grid. That could translate into big cost savings and, potentially, cuts in carbon emissions.


Is a glass shortage upon us?

In the past I have had my doubts and that the hype was always greater than the reality of the situation. But now I have talked to enough people who are “in the know” and thus I am led to believe that indeed, a glass shortage is upon us and that prices for fabricated glass products are going to be all over the place.


Better Plants Program partners save $4.2B in energy costs

The Department of Energy announced that partners in its Better Buildings, Better Plants Program have saved about $4.2 billion in cumulative energy costs across nearly 3,000 facilities that represent about 12% of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint.


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