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Ceramics and glass business news of the week


UAE’s RAK Ceramics to exit Sudan business, boost UAE capacity

United Arab Emirates-based RAK Ceramics recently said it would sell its Sudan business and use the cash raised to expand its sanitary ware production capacity in the UAE. The company has entered an initial agreement to sell all its shares in RAK Ceramics Sudanese Investment Co. and aims to complete the sale by March 31.

CoorsTek finalizes acquisition of Covalent Materials Corporation

CoorsTek Inc. has finalized the acquisition of Covalent Materials, a leading Japanese engineered ceramics manufacturer. This strategic acquisition furthers CoorsTek’s leadership in engineered ceramics, through a market-leading portfolio of over 300 materials, including alumina, carbon, silica, silicon, silicon carbide, quartz, yttria, and zirconia.

Panasonic develops photocatalytic water purification technology

Panasonic has developed its own photocatalytic water purification technology. This technology uses photocatalysts and UV rays from sunlight to detoxify polluted water at high speeds, creating safe and drinkable water. This breakthrough caught much attention when Panasonic unveiled it in Tokyo at Eco-Products 2014.

Trulite acquires AGC’s US fabrication assets

Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC has acquired the U.S. commercial fabrication assets of AGC Glass Company North America Inc. AGC residential assets are not part of the acquisition and will be retained by AGC. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Andres Lopez named president of glass containers and chief operating officer of O-I

Owens-Illinois Inc. has named Andres Lopez president of glass containers and chief operating officer of O-I, effective February 1, 2015. Lopez’s appointment to this role constitutes the next phase in the ongoing CEO succession planning process that O-I’s board of directors has been actively managing.