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NexTech Materials receives ISO 9001:2008 certification

NexTech has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization 9001:2008 certification for its Quality Management System.  Recognizing the quality needs of its clients, NexTech has voluntarily registered with ISO to provide independent assessment of our quality processes.

Corning announces expansion of clean air products facility in China

Corning Incorporated has approved a capital expenditure plan of approximately $170 million to expand the Corning Shanghai Company Limited facility and to increase its capacity to manufacture emissions control substrates for light-duty (automotive) passenger vehicles. This expansion is expected to be complete and operational in the third quarter of 2013.

Unifrax announces acquisitions deal

Unifrax LLC, the Niagara Falls, NY based manufacturer of ceramic fiber insulation products, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Super Saffil Limited and Saffil America Inc. from Dyson Group plc. Saffil develops, manufactures and sells innovative, high-temperature polycrystalline wool materials to a global customer base. It has two main business units: Saffil Automotive and Saffil Fiber. The Saffil business has a rich history based upon its high-performance Saffil High-Alumina Fiber and Ecoflex product lines. Saffil products are used in a wide variety of applications in both the industrial insulation and automotive emission control support mat markets.

Morgan Technical Ceramics produces P-52 ceramic core material for high temperature investment casting of aerospace engine components

Morgan Technical Ceramics is offering ceramic cores made with its proprietary P-52 material. Ceramic cores produced with P-52 exhibit greater dimensional accuracy while maintaining tight tolerances without distortion, making them ideal for use in investment casting of aerospace engine components. The material does not prematurely deform, which is critical, given the extremely high temperatures required for superalloy engine component production. The cores can be chemically dissolved after the casting has cooled, leaving the clean air passage replica needed in today’s efficient turbine engines.

Riedhammer will supply 2 new foam glass production lines to Norwegian company Norsk


Riedhammer will deliver a foam glass production plant consisting of two fast-firing tunnel kilns with belt conveyance, as well as the associated mixing and dosing technology for the production of foam glass gravel. Over the past 10 years Riedhammer GmbH has developed and supplied equipment for the production of foam glass.