GT Advanced Technologies files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

GT Advanced Technologies and seven subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy protection. Under the chapter 11 filing, the company will be allowed to restructure, and GT says that it will continue business as usual while developing a reorganization plan. GT’s surprise bankruptcy filing follows on news that Apple will not use its sapphire screens for the iPhone 6.

Alcoa opens world’s largest aluminum-lithium aerospace plant

Alcoa is officially opening the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant in Lafayette, Ind. where it produces advanced, third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace industry. Aircraft manufacturers are increasingly turning to lighter and stronger aluminum-lithium alloys, which are less expensive than titanium and composites and enable better fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs.

PPG announces expanded direct draw roving portfolio at CAMX 2014

PPG Industries’ fiber glass business has expanded the HYBON direct draw roving portfolio with a product providing a combination of processing and performance properties. New HYBON 2662 direct draw roving will be featured at CAMX: The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 13-16.

Ceramic fiber market worth $4.8B by 2019

A new research report published by MarketsandMarkets defines and segments the ceramic fiber market with an analysis and forecast of the market size by volume and value. The ceramic fiber market size in terms of value is projected to reach $4.8 billion by 2019, at a CAGR of 10.3% between 2014 and 2019.

O-I agrees to enter joint venture and long-term supply agreement with Constellation Brands

Owens-Illinois, Inc. has agreed to enter into a 50-50 joint venture with Constellation Brands Inc. The joint venture will operate the glass container production plant in Nava, Mexico, that Constellation recently agreed to purchase from Anheuser-Busch Inbev. The plant will provide bottles exclusively for Constellation’s adjacent brewery.

Xaar to axe 20% of workforce after ceramics slowdown

Xaar’s Huntingdon site (U.K.) will bear the brunt of planned job cuts of 20% of its worldwide workforce, as the inkjet manufacturer scrambles to cut costs in the wake of yet another warning on trading prospects for the group.

Ceramic materials used in the semiconductor industry: An interview with David Slutz of Morgan Advanced Materials

David Slutz, technology manager & CMP business unit manager at Morgan Advanced Materials, talks to AZoM about ceramic materials and their use within the semiconductor industry.

Renishaw launches new Raman spectroscopy website

A fresh new look and more comprehensive information makes the website a vital resource for anyone wanting to know more about Raman spectroscopy and its applications. The new website includes updated content, improved navigation and more images, making key information clearer and more easily accessible.