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Ceramics and glass business news of the week


UK spin-out company uses materials expertise to develop body armour

XeraCarb, which started life in a lab at Sheffield Hallam University, has created a new material that could be used to make lightweight body armour. The company, which was formed by Sheffield Hallam material scientist Hywel Jones and Barnsley-based ceramics expert Anthony Pick, is the latest spin-out to be established through collaboration between Yorkshire’s academics and the business community.

PPG to highlight new corrosion-resistant, green coating technologies at NAIAS

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business will highlight new products during preview days at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit’s Cobo Center, Jan. 12-15. The products are designed to help global automakers fight metal corrosion and meet increasingly stringent environmental standards around the world.

Advanced School on Glasses and Glass–Ceramics accepting student applicants

The Advanced School on Glasses and Glass-Ceramics will take place in São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil, August 1–9, 2015. The School is organized by the Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials and will be funded by FAPESP and the Department of Materials Engineering of the Federal University of São Carlos. One hundred positions are available for top-quality MSc and PhD students.

Sika owner goes to court to push through sale to Saint-Gobain

The family that owns a controlling stake in Swiss chemicals firm Sika said that it has filed a lawsuit to help push through a $2.73 billion takeover by French building materials company Saint-Gobain. Sika’s majority owner has been at loggerheads with the Swiss firm’s management since early last month, when top executives and several board members not affiliated with the family said they would quit if the planned sale goes through.

In-depth viscosity measurement training from Brookfield

Brookfield Engineering offers a Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements, a course designed to help Brookfield viscometer users comprehend the functionality of their instrument, solve the mysteries of fluid behavior and rheology, and create successful and repeatable viscosity test methods for use in both R&D and QA/QC environments. The course is offered at Brookfield’s headquarters in Middleboro, Mass. and at major cities across the U.S.