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Rolled Glass – Global Strategic Business Report

A new Research and Markets report analyzes the worldwide markets for rolled glass in thousand metric tons. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2010 through 2018. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. The report profiles 35 companies including many key and niche players such as Asahi Glass Co., Ltd., AGC Glass Company North America, AGC Glass Europe, Compagnie De Saint-Gobain, Saint-Gobain SEFPRO, Guardian Industries Corp., Guardian Glass Espana CV SA, Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd., Pilkington Group Limited, SCHOTT AG, Taiwan Glass Group, and ViridianT Glass. Even though a tiny blip on the world radar, rolled glass market is poised for steady growth in future, despite the fact that float lines are continuously replacing production lines of wired and patterned glass across the globe. Another major factor to the market is the growing demand for solar glass in China. This is largely because rolled glass offers many benefits over float glass, as far as solar glass is concerned.

NASA selects advanced research and technology contract

NASA has selected Universities Space Research Association (USRA) of Columbia, Md., to support research and technology efforts at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This cost-plus-fixed fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a maximum value of $65 million during a 4 1/2-year performance period beginning Oct. 1. USRA will support applied research in Glenn’s core competencies and enabling technologies, including understanding the effects of the space environment; materials and structures for aerospace applications; engine systems technologies for aerospace vehicles; in-space power and propulsion systems; instrumentation, sensors and controls for aeronautics and space systems; and technologies for safe and efficient aircraft operation in atmospheric icing conditions.

MesoCoat one of fastest growing manufacturers in US

MesoCoat Inc. has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States and has been ranked 15th in the top 100 fastest-growing manufacturing companies in the United States by Inc. magazine. MesoCoat develops, manufactures and markets nanocomposite materials and innovative fabricated metal products through its long life PComP coatings and CermaClad high-speed, large-area cladding technology. PComP coatings and thermal spray coating services are said to significantly extend the service life of oilfield and industrial components, reducing downtime and maintenance. CermaClad is manufactured using a high-intensity plasma arc lamp to rapidly melt, fuse and metallurgically bond corrosion- and wear-resistant materials to metal substrates, including pipes. The Inc. award is based on revenue growth of privately held companies from 2009 to 2012.

American Technical Ceramics receives Boeing supplier award

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) American Technical Ceramics Corp., Huntington Station, N.Y., has received a 2012 Gold Level Performance Excellence Award from The Boeing Company for superior supplier performance.
The company provides component and custom integrated packaging solutions for the RF, microwave, and telecommunications industries, including single- and multilayer capacitors, resistive products, inductors, and custom thin film products for RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave applications. ATC’s products are primarily focused on the wireless communications infrastructure, fiber optic, medical electronics, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, defense, aerospace, and satellite communications markets.

Special report: Global glass bottle markets

(The Drinks Report) As the leading pack type globally in alcoholic drinks, retail sales of glass reached almost 200 billion units in 2012. The beer category largely determines the fortunes of glass packaging within this industry, accounting for a 74% unit volume share. In addition, beer’s relatively low alcohol content compared to other alcoholic beverages and low retail price make it accessible to a wide range of people and suitable for many consumption occasions. Wine, which accounts for an 11% global share of glass unit volumes in alcoholic drinks, was another healthy category globally in 2012, with non-grape wine dominating volumes and retail sales of sparkling wine in glass increasing by 3% on the previous year. Cider/perry is also creating some interesting growth opportunities for glass as an alternative to domestic lager, especially in the UK and South Africa. Glass’ increase over 2012 amid tight economic conditions largely stems from a rise in alcoholic drinks volume sales in developing markets as growing incomes enabled a higher number of consumers to afford such products.