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Published on October 20th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on October 20th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Saint-Gobain reinforces its presence in mortars in Argentina

Saint-Gobain has acquired Megaflex S.A in Argentina through its mortars business. Megaflex is the leader in waterproofing applications in Argentina, mainly acting in bitumen felts and paints, with total sales of ARS 568 million in 2016.


NSF issues awards for new Materials Science and Engineering Centers

NSF has issued eight new 2017 Materials Research Science and Engineering Center awards that will drive cutting-edge science and engineering. Totaling $145 million, these six-year grants will support innovative work in materials science and help train the next generation of materials researchers.


CeramTec presents advanced ceramic solutions for e-mobility at eMove 360º

CeramTec is positioning itself as a ideal partner for electromobility at eMove360°, October 17–19 in Germany. CeramTec is showing where ceramic materials are taking on a decisive role in innovative drive concepts.


Open access journal Heliyon seeks materials science submissions

Heliyon, Elsevier’s open access journal publishing quality research papers across all disciplines, is seeking materials science submissions. Heliyon has published numerous papers in materials science, including a recent research article on carbon allotropes called novamenes.


Ferro announces two transactions that expand ceramic coatings business

Ferro Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Endeka Group, a global producer of high-value coatings and key raw materials for the ceramic tile market. In a separate transaction, Ferro has acquired a majority interest in Gardenia Quimica, which also supplies the ceramic tile market.


GKN reinforces additive manufacturing leadership with GKN Additive

Global aerospace and automotive engineering Group GKN has pulled its global Additive Manufacturing activity together into one new brand: GKN Additive. Operating from global centers of excellence in four countries, GKN Additive will act as the focal point for all this activity.


Introducing the Materials Research Laboratory at MIT

The Materials Processing Center and the Center for Materials Science and Engineering, which together serve more than 150 MIT engineering and science researchers, announced their merger as the MIT Materials Research Laboratory.


Kobe Steel admits falsifying data on 20,000 tonnes of metal

Kobe Steel has admitted to falsification over the past year relating to large quantities of aluminum sheets and poles, aluminum components, copper products, and iron powder that was supplied to over 200 customers. These items were certified as having properties—such as a level of tensile strength, meaning stiffness—that they did not in fact possess.


Why Borosil’s innovation will temper solar power rates

The price per unit of solar power is set to head further south, thanks to an innovation by well-known glassmaker Borosil. Now, solar modules can produce 30% more power with an enhanced life from 25–40 years.


Not a good year for Indonesia’s ceramic manufacturers

There still seems no light to appear at the end of the tunnel for ceramic manufacturers in Indonesia. The ceramic industry is largely dependent on the property sector, which has remained insignificant in 2017.


PGTI sells glass processing assets to Cardinal

Window and door manufacturer PGT Innovations Inc. sold assets it used in processing glass components for doors for $28 million to Cardinal Glass Industries. The company also entered into a 7-year agreement for Cardinal to supply those components to PGTI.


Four Italian glass machinery suppliers launch Industry 4.0 project

During Vitrum 2017, Italian glass processing companies Cugher Glass, Iocco, Mappi International, and Triulzi Cesare Special Equipments Srl launched Project 4X4.0, a partnership between glass processing companies to help customers meet the demands of Industry 4.0.


OLED displays driving force behind industry surge

While the flat panel display market is often characterized by fluctuations, one display sector remains on an upswing—OLEDs. A market research firm projects OLED revenue rising 57% in 2017 to $23.2 billion, further increasing another 50% to $34.9 billion in 2018.


Zeiss invests over €300M in Jena high-tech site

Zeiss will invest over €300 million in a new integrated high-tech site. Zeiss will acquire partially unused premises from Schott, which it will renovate and use to construct a new facility for its second-largest site worldwide.


International ceramic fair draws 1,000 exhibitors to China’s porcelain capital

Nearly 1,000 porcelain businesses from more than 10 countries and regions have come to attend the 2017 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair, which continues until October 21 Tuesday. The fair will feature activities such as a potting competition, ceramic auction, as well as seminars and forums on the ceramic industry.


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