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ANH Refractories rebranded as HarbisonWalker International

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 now offers health product declaration for glass products

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 to sell its North American and UK building products business

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 CEO discusses acquisition of AGC’s US commercial fabrication operations

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 awarded contract for multiple furnaces by Chinese Research Institute for thermal processing of advanced ceramic powders

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.

Arkansas startup receives grant to develop nano coating for glass

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.