GE Aviation is celebrating the opening of its new advanced composites factory near Asheville, N.C. with a ceremony featuring state and local leaders. The new 170,000-square-foot facility will be the first in the world to mass produce engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite materials.
Geberit AG, the Swiss maker of bathroom piping, offered about $1.4 billion to buy Finnish ceramic toilet maker Sanitec in what would be CFO Albert Baehny’s biggest acquisition. Shareholders of Sanitec will receive 97 kronor per share, valuing the business at 9.7 billion kronor.
Du-Co Ceramics Co. now offers Mullite as a ceramic material. Mullite is a high-temperature ceramic material with good mechanical strength and excellent thermal shock properties due to its relatively low thermal expansion coefficient and is a good, lower-cost alternative to dense alumina.
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group is designing windshields for the KC-390 military transport aircraft that will be the largest glass windshields PPG has produced and the industry’s first to have a compound bent shape affording ballistics resistance and night-vision capabilities.
The American Concrete Institute announces the availability of the eighth edition of the SP-4(14) Formwork for Concrete Manual. Now in full color, the manual includes current standards and practices, removes outdated or irrelevant material, adds content on new developments in formwork technology and practice, and updates the look and layout of the document.
Sapphire, a high-specification alternative to glass, is now being offered for a variety of industrial applications by Morgan Advanced Materials. Sapphire lenses are supplied either pre-metallised for in-house braze assembly by customers, or as a complete unit with metal housings produced to customer specifications.
U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. has been named to Forbes’ 36th annual list of America’s Best Small Companies. U.S. Silica was ranked number one out of 100 companies with annual sales under $1 billion.
Weir Group PLC has entered into an agreement to acquire Trio Engineered Products, a Chinese-American manufacturer of crushing and separation equipment for the mining and aggregates markets, for an enterprise value of $220 million. Integration costs are expected to total $10 million over a two-year period.
IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its chip research.
Morgan’s Molten Metal Systems business announced HotRod pyrometry sheaths and other pyrometer assembly products, which protect thermocouples in furnace heating control systems. The pyrometer assemblies are made of a durable, erosion-resistant clay-graphite mix with special plasticity properties.