Published on March 20th, 2015 | By: April Gocha0
Ceramics and glass business news of the weekPublished on March 20th, 2015 | By: April Gocha
The Corning museum, founded in 1951, holds 50,000 glass objects made over the past 3,500 years, telling the entire history of art through a single material. Funded by Corning, the new $64 million wing—which opens March 20—finally allowed the museum to properly display large-scale works by Roni Horn, Liza Lou, Kiki Smith, Josiah McElheny and Fred Wilson, among others.
AGC Glass Europe announced that it intends to close the plant (in the South of Belgium) and to carry out mass redundancies. The Athus plant, specializing in production of laminated glass for the construction industry, is faced with prohibitive handicaps of competitiveness. The laminated glass production activities could be relocated to the float glass production plant in Moustier, in the center of the country.
FEI announced that it has entered into an agreement with Germany’s University of Ulm and Heidelberg-based CEOS GmbH to develop a sub-Ǻngström low-voltage electron microscope, in the frame of Ulm’s SALVE project. The multi-year collaboration will involve the planned development of a dedicated aberration-corrected TEM that is capable of imaging radiation-sensitive materials, such as 2-D and organic samples, and selected molecules, with molecular or even atomic-scale resolution.
With the support of local industry who will benefit from its research capabilities, UNC Charlotte recently dedicated its new Siemens Energy Large Manufacturing Solutions Laboratory. The lab was made possible with $2 million in support from Siemens Energy and Hexagon Metrology. Housed in the university’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center building, the new lab will conduct research on the precision dimensional measurement of large-scale energy components.
APC International announced the opening of its new in-house piezo powder manufacturing facility adjacent to its piezoelectric ceramic manufacturing facility in Mackeyville, Pa. APC’s new facility will allow APC to manufacture and develop a wide range of high quality lead zirconate titanate materials. APC has already begun production of its five primary piezo materials and intends to develop additional piezo materials before the end of 2015.
Chinese automotive glass maker Fuyao Glass Industry Group plans to raise up to $950 million through a Hong Kong flotation. The Shanghai-traded company plans to offer about 439 million new shares in an indicative range of HK$14.80 to HK$16.80 each, putting the total deal at up to HK$7.38bn, IFR reported.
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