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Published on October 27th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on October 27th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Zeiss signs materials science partnership agreement with Xnovo

The Zeiss Microscopy business group has signed an exclusive strategic partnership agreement with Denmark-based Xnovo Technology ApS, a company that develops innovative software-based 3D X-ray imaging and analysis solutions for materials science.


Saint-Gobain finalizes acquisition of Glava, major player in Norwegian insulation market

Saint-Gobain announced it has aquired Glava, a leading player on the insulation market in Norway with over €140 million in 2016. The company has two glass wool plants, at Askim, 55 km from Oslo, and at Stjørdal near Trondheim.


Morgan Advanced Materials receives food safety certification for laboratory porcelain

Morgan Advanced Materials is believed to be the first manufacturer to introduce specialist food safe laboratory porcelain for food packaging. Morgan’s range of glazed laboratory porcelain tubes has been approved by both US-FDA guidelines and the German standard DIN 51032.


GKN and GE Additive sign MOU for additive manufacturing collaboration

GKN plc has signed a memorandum of understanding with GE Additive, Concept Laser, and Arcam AB to collaborate on additive manufacturing. Under the agreement, GKN becomes a GE Additive development and production center as well as a preferred powder supplier.


Sacmi supplies Vitromex with Mexico’s biggest press and kiln

Mexican firm Vitromex has installed a new Sacmi-supplied production line, which consists of a high tonnage PH 10000 press, alongside a modern 5-tier ECP 285 drier and an all-new EKO 355 single-channel roller kiln.


Healthe and Corning collaborate on technology to protect against digital blue light

Healthe and Corning Incorporated announced their collaboration to develop and introduce Eyesafe technology made with Accessory Glass 2 by Corning. When integrated with Corning Glass, it selectively filters UV and high-energy visible blue light emitted by digital devices.


AGC’s “Kiriko” glasswork adopted in new Lexus LS model

AGC Asahi Glass announced that its “Kiriko” faceted glasswork has been chosen by Toyota to be fitted to its new Lexus LS model. This glasswork is chemically strengthened glass with delicate patterns carved into by using AGC’s advanced technologies.


BJS Ceramics supplies tech for new ceramic fiber pilot plant in Germany

The Fraunhofer-Center for High Temperature-Lightweight Construction HTL is currently constructing a unique pilot plant in Europe for the production of ceramic fibers. BJS Ceramics GmbH, located in Gersthofen, is the technology provider for the non-oxidic pilot plant line.


DOE announces $15M for batteries and electrification to enable extreme fast charging

The Energy Department announced up to $15 million for research projects on batteries and vehicle electrification technologies to enable extreme fast charging. The Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office is seeking research projects to develop plug-in electric vehicle systems that can recharge rapidly at high power levels.


Interest from manufacturers, companies shows 3-D printing isn’t just a hobby

Long used by product designers, 3-D printing is finding its way onto the factory floor. Read on to learn how materials companies are getting involved in the industry with an eye to improving the technology and boosting sales.


Velodyne quadruples LiDAR production to meet self-driving demand

Velodyne, largely considered the current leader in LiDAR tech for autonomous vehicle development, announced that it has increased its production capacity by more than 400% in order to meet growing global demand.


Ross celebrates 10 years in India

Ross is proud to announce the 10-year anniversary of Ross Process Equipment, the U.S.-headquartered mixer manufacturer’s operations in Pune, India. RPE produces various blenders, mixers, and dispersers as well as pressure vessels, tanks, and other equipment.


Alcoa Corporation reaches early termination agreement for power contract in Texas

Alcoa Corporation announced that the company and power provider Luminant Generation Company LLC have terminated the electricity contract tied to Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations in Texas. The smelter at Rockdale has been fully curtailed since the end of 2008.


Advantages of pelletizing in a Lancaster mixer

Because Lancaster Mixers are so commonly used to pelletize, some customers refer to the equipment as “pellixers”. So what are the difference between mixers and pelletizers and how can a Lancaster Mixer actually work better than a pelletizer?


Ferro announces Marran Ogilvie joins its board of directors

Ferro Corporation announced the appointment of Marran Ogilvie to its board of directors. Ogilvie has more than 20 years of executive management and financial experience across a diverse set of business environments, including growth-oriented international businesses.


Sinter-aid for electronic components, innovation by Alpha Ceramics

Alpha Ceramics, a Sacmi Group company, presents a major innovation for the firing process of electronic components. Successfully tested by a major customer in the industry, this solution uses a special magnesium oxide sinter aid to provides a dual advantage of better sintered component quality and extends the lifespan of the used kiln furniture setters.


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