Published on January 23rd, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramics and glass business news of the weekPublished on January 23rd, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD
One of the world’s leading refractory materials and services providers, ANH Refractories Company, has rebranded itself under the new name of HarbisonWalker International, effective immediately. The decision was made following an exhaustive market research and branding initiative in which one of the company’s legacy brands, Harbison-Walker, returned the highest awareness and positive customer perception.
Guardian Industries Corp. announces the company is now offering Health Product Declaration (HPD) information for its flat glass and coated glass products. Designed by the non-profit Health Product Declaration Collaborative, the HPD is a voluntary, standard format for reporting product content and associated health information for building products and materials.
HeidelbergCement has entered into a definitive agreement with an American affiliate of Lone Star Funds to sell its North American and United Kingdom building products business, Hanson Building Products (including Hanson Brick), for an aggregate purchase price of $1.4 billion. HeidelbergCement expects the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2015.
Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC recently acquired the U.S. commercial fabrication assets of AGC Glass Company North America Inc. AGC’s residential assets were not part of the acquisition and will be retained by AGC. Glass Magazine recently interviewed Trulite CEO Paul Schmitz about the deal and about future plans for the company.
Harper International has finalized a contract exceeding $3 million for high temperature vertical and rotary reactors to support East China Research Institute of Microelectronics. The systems will be used in the production of advanced ceramic materials for applications requiring high thermal conductivity such as high power LED lighting products and other cutting-edge heat sink substrates.
University of Arkansas startup WattGlass has received a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to further develop its nano-particle coating for glass. WattGlass’ coating is designed to make glass anti-reflective, self-cleaning and highly transparent. Corey Thompson, founder and CTO of WattGlass, said the coating has many applications, but the company’s primary focus is providing a coating for solar panels.
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