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Published on October 13th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on October 13th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


CeramTec announces its acquisition by BC Partners

CeramTec announces that a consortium led by funds advised by leading private equity firm BC Partners has reached an agreement to acquire CeramTec Group from its current owner Cinven. The acquisition is subject to approval by anti-trust and foreign investment authorities.


France’s 3DCeram partners with Sinto to expand ceramic 3-D printing in Asia and US

French ceramic 3-D printing company 3DCeram has entered into a new alliance with Japanese industrial manufacturer Sinto. 3DCeram is confident that the partnership will enable it to not only improve its technologies, but also expand into the Asian and American markets.


Optical glassmaker Ohara eyes glass-ceramics for future in next-gen batteries

Japan-based optical glassmaker Ohara Inc. is eyeing a share of the fast-growing battery market with a material that it says can be used in both next-generation batteries and to enhance conventional batteries. The company’s efforts rest on a material called LICGC, or lithium-ion conducting glass-ceramics, which it wants to use in solid-state lithium-ion batteries.


CeramTec develops world’s first transparent ceramic collector coin

The Bank of Latvia looked to the transparent Perlucor material developed by ceramics manufacturer CeramTec for its collector coin, “The Earth”. The coin demonstrates the versatility of this transparent technical ceramic, whose uses range from traditional technical applications right through to jewelry, architecture, and design.


Battery technology keeping electric car adoption in the slow lane

Scientists and engineers are working in a variety of capacities to improve the electric car battery on several fronts, including efforts to boost its power, range, safety, and durability. These efforts fall into two categories: research into incremental changes and research into step changes.


OSHA extends enforcement deadline for construction silica rule

Construction firms will have an extra 30 days to comply with the new, tougher OSHA standard for airborne silica in the industry’s job sites. OSHA did begin enforcing the construction silica regulation on Sept. 23, but for 30 days the agency’s compliance officers will not issue penalties to employers that demonstrate a “good faith effort” to meet the new requirements.


Digitalization comes to the materials industry

New information technology partnerships announced by major chemical companies signal that the industry is poised to fundamentally change in how it deploys digital technology. Companies are starting to bring techniques such as machine learning and quantum computing to bear on vast troves of research data.


GKN Aerospace names new CEO

Hans Büthker will become CEO of GKN Aerospace on January 1, 2018. Büthker is currently CEO of GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business. GKN Aerospace’s current CEO, Kevin Cummings, will become CEO of GKN plc in January.


Freeman Technology expands operations into Germany

Powder characterization specialists Freeman Technology have expanded global operations with the establishment of an office in Germany. “Following our recent expansions into other countries and the diversification of our product line, Germany was the obvious next step for Freeman Technology.”


Staffordshire MEP calling on government to help ceramics industry in Brexit talks

A Staffordshire MEP says the county’s ceramics industry will need close care and attention during Brexit to prevent a flood of cheap crockery being dumped by China. Anthea McIntyre made the call following a fringe meeting that examined threats facing the industry.


Anaren receives $10.2M order for low temperature co-fired ceramic hardware

Anaren Ceramics Inc., a subsidiary of Anaren Inc., announced it has received a $10.2M order from a leading defense prime contractor for low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) hardware. The order is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.


New REopt Lite tool allows building owners to optimize PV and battery system sizes

NREL’s new REopt Lite web tool helps building owners evaluate the economics of grid-connected solar photovoltaics and battery storage at commercial sites. It identifies the optimal PV and battery system sizes and dispatch strategy to minimize the life cycle cost of energy.


Materials Technology Institute materials engineering scholarships available

The Materials Technology Institute continues to invest in the future of material science and engineering—today’s most promising college students. In 2018, MTI will award two $5,000 Bert Krisher Memorial Scholarships to help cover educational expenses.


US’s Avery Dennison invests in Israeli smart-glass startup Gauzy

Avery Dennison Corp., a U.S.-based maker of labeling and packaging materials, said it has made an investment in Israeli startup Gauzy, a developer of liquid crystal glass materials and films for use in a variety of industries. No financial details were disclosed.


CTIEC to open new float line in Philippines

China Triumph International Engineering Co. will open a new float glass production line in the Philippines. In light of the CTIEC’s outstanding capacity and its cost-efficiency in the bid, the three parties signed a contract in terms of the design of the float glass project by CTIEC.


Solar grew faster than all other forms of power for the first time

Solar power grew faster than any other source of fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead.


PGW considers closing Creighton, Pa., auto glass plant

Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC (PGW) officials say that discussions are underway involving the future of company’s manufacturing facility in Creighton, Pa. The facility is one of the company’s eight automotive glass manufacturing plants in the U.S., with 193 hourly workers.


Kajaria Ceramics new plant at Tirupati in India to come up next year

The new plant of Kajaraia Ceramics at Tirupati, India, to cater will become operational in 2017–2018. The plant that will produce glazed vitrified tiles will cater to the needs of the southern market.


Resource guide for advanced manufacturing in Europe is available for download

The U.S. Commercial Service’s informative guide which includes market overviews and opportunities in over 20 European countries is now available for download.


Attention, subject-matter experts on additive manufacturing

The American National Standards Institute’s Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative is planning to issue an update to its additive roadmap. Subject-matter experts interested in participating in one or more of the working groups are invited to review the working group architecture, and return the sign-up sheet.


Why researchers should step out of the lab

When Shreya Dave was an MIT doctoral student working on a new kind of filter for desalination plants, she paid a visit to a working reverse-osmosis desalination plant in Spain. She quickly learned an important lesson that she now says she would likely have missed if she’d stayed in the lab.


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