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World Kitchen reaches strategic cooperative agreement with Corning

World Kitchen LLC said that it has reached a strategic cooperative agreement with specialty glass and ceramics company Corning Inc.  The agreement provides World Kitchen the opportunity to work with Corning on glass and ceramic technologies, which could lead to new product development for the housewares industry. Corning divested its consumer products division in 1998 to a private equity firm, which consolidated this business into what is now known as World Kitchen. The collaboration is expected to aid World Kitchen in the development of glass and glass ceramic products that provide added versatility, durability and functionality. In addition, it should expand the possibilities for new colors, finishes and decorations, allowing for new designs and patterns. This agreement is expected to result in new products as early as the next two to three years.

Dal-Tile to build new tile manufacturing plant and distribution center

Dal-Tile announced plans to build a glazed porcelain and color body tile manufacturing plant and distribution center in Dickson, Tenn., near Nashville. The 1.4 million sq. ft. plant is scheduled to open in late 2015 and will be the Dallas-based company’s 11th manufacturing facility in North America. The Dickson plant will have glazed porcelain capabilities, as well as technology to meet the need of the commercial market through technical color body products, plus in-line rectification and polishing to meet market requirements, according to Dal-Tile.

NYSERDA grants TAM $500K for electric project

(Buffalo Business First) TAM Ceramics LLC has received $500,000 from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop a next-generation thermoelectric generator, a technology that creates electricity from waste heat. TAM’s research focuses on materials that would be useful at higher temperatures and found in applications such as automotive exhaust and industrial waste heat. The total project budget is $1 million, and is scheduled over 21 months. TAM is subcontracting to Alfred University, the Rochester Institute of Technology and ENrG Inc., a Buffalo-based advanced ceramics company. ENrG will be providing ceramic forming capability in support of TAM’s thermoelectric project. The RIT research will use high-temperature testing apparatus to test devices.

Ceramics and UK’s ‘Budget Day’ commentary

The impact of the Budget on energy taxes and security, support for house building and the Annual Investment Allowance have been considered by the British Ceramic Confederation. Dr. Laura Cohen, Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation (the national trade association), and Wayne Sheppard, UK Managing Director, Ibstock Brick Limited, who are members of the confederation assembled a response in a letter and press release.

NASA seeks proposals on asteroid redirect mission concepts development

In support of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission—a key part of the agency’s stepping stone path to send humans to Mars – agency officials are seeking proposals for studies on advanced technology development. Through a Broad Agency Announcement released today NASA hopes to solicit proposals for concept studies in areas including asteroid capture systems, rendezvous sensors, adapting commercial spacecraft for the Asteroid Redirect Mission and feasibility studies of potential future partnership opportunities for secondary payloads and the crewed mission. Following evaluations of the proposals, NASA plans to select no more than 25 proposals and make total awards of as much as $6 million. Contracts would begin and end this year.