TAM Ceramics, Niagara Falls, N.Y., presented its findings on the effects of zirconia and titanate ceramics in automotive brake pad materials at the recent 31st annual Society of Automotive Engineers 2013 Brake Colloquium & Exhibition in Jacksonville, Fla., The event focuses on the latest scientific discoveries and technological innovations in brake materials, components, systems, testing, modeling and aftermarket solutions. TAM is developing new friction materials for automotive brake pad applications to meet increasingly strict industry regulations that will reduce and eventually eliminate the use of copper metal in the pads. TAM says it is the US-based ceramics company that is actively funding and promoting such research.
Seeking growth in the medical, defense, and energy sectors, Channel Technologies Group LLC, a Santa Barbara, Calif., manufacturer of piezoelectric ceramics, transducers, and sonar and navigation systems, says it has acquired the assets of H.C. Materials Inc. and its affiliates. The company says the acquisition enables it to capitalize on H.C.’s global recognition and leadership in piezoelectric single-crystal technology, especially within the medical ultrasound market. H.C.’s operations will remain in the current Bolingbrook, Ill., location, and CTG will continue to invest in R&D for next-generation piezoelectric ceramics and single-crystals in both Bolingbrook and Santa Barbara.
A new report from Research and Markets covers the global float glass market through 2018. “Float Glass—Global Strategic Business Report” analyzes the worldwide market for float glass in the construction and automotive industries. The report provides separate analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America through 2018, and also contains a six-year historic analysis of these markets. Sections examine the competitive landscape of the float glass business, including a review of the leading companies and ongoing capacity restructuring; look at the regulatory environment in terms of safety and other regulations; gives an overview of recent industry activity; examines more closely the top global float glass producers; and provides a global market perspective.
H.C. Starck, the Munich, Germany, supplier of technology metals and advanced ceramics, has published its first sustainability report. The document contains information about the company’s economic, environmental, and social performance; principles of its corporate governance; and its product range for increasing the sustainability of high-technology applications in, for example, the electronics, chemicals, automotive, medical, energy, and environmental technology industries. The report details Starck’s contribution to the long-term supply of conflict-free raw materials and meets the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a nonprofit organization that promotes economic, environmental, and social sustainability. It is available for download here.
(China Money Network) The Chinese State Council has issued general guidelines to resolve overcapacity problems in several industries, including cement and float glass. In 2012, capacity utilization in the country’s cement industry was 73.7%, while the float glass utilization rate was 73.1%, according to state figures. The guidelines encourage local governments to cut production capacity by 100 million tons in the cement industry and 20 million weight boxes in the float glass industry by 2015. They also aim to reconcile overall production capacity with environmental protection and market demand, improve profitability, and establish monitoring systems for overcapacity problems over the next five years. Other industries affected by the new guidelines include iron & steel, primary aluminum, and shipping.