The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership has announced that it will hold two separate competitions in 2016 for MEP centers in 21 states and Puerto Rico. The upcoming competitions are part of a multi-year effort to make the most of MEP’s federal investment in U.S. manufacturing and to allocate additional funds to areas with higher concentrations of manufacturers.
According to a recently published report from iRAP Inc., “Electronic Thermal Management—Technology, Materials, Devices, New Developments, Industry Structure and Global Markets,” the world market for thermal management products is predicted to grow from about $8.8 billion in 2013 to $15.56 billion by 2018, at an average annual growth rate of 12.1%.
Gyrotron Technology Inc., has entered into a sub-award and development agreement with PPG Industries Inc. GYTI will assist PPG as a subcontractor in a project majority funded by the Department of Energy, which calls for PPG to demonstrate components of a fabricate-on-demand vacuum insulating glazing manufacturing process. GYTI was retained by PPG to provide expertise relating to microwave heating techniques as applied to glass joining processes.
Owens-Illinois Inc. has reached a definitive agreement with Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. to acquire Vitro’s food and beverage glass container business in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.15 billion. Vitro is the largest supplier of glass containers in Mexico. The transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is subject to approval by Vitro’s shareholders and customary regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close within 12 months.
Chip companies are in the spotlight today: Apple supplier Skyworks has released a new line of analog control chips appropriate for IoT applications, and Avago Technologies and Qorvo introduced new fiber optic products and power amplifiers, respectively.
The American Concrete Institute’s new 2015 Manual of Concrete Practice contains over 240 standards and reports and is the most comprehensive concrete reference set available. It also contains the completely reorganized ACI 318-14, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, designed to meet the needs of users in the modern design and construction environment.
In the months since the U.S. dollar began rising in value against other currencies, the consequences have reverberated, for better or worse, around the world. Who wins and who loses isn’t always obvious. For Americans, there are cheaper vacations in Europe and lower-priced imports. A Chinese factory is selling fewer goods in Europe. A U.S. toymaker’s exports are being squeezed. A German winery says overseas demand is up.