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Published on October 9th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramics and glass business news of the week

Published on October 9th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Boeing opens Center for Advanced Manufacturing Research in South Carolina

Boeing opened its research and technology center in South Carolina, which is devoted to current and next-generation technology development. The new 104,000-square-foot Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina center leads the company’s research and development efforts in areas of advanced manufacturing with a focus on composite fuselage and propulsion systems production.


Nextech announces name change to Nexceris

NexTech Materials has changed its company name to Nexceris LLC, effective Oct. 1. The change reflects the company’s growth into a company that develops complex components, devices, and systems that leverage its materials expertise. This change has no impact on NexTech’s current commitments, and correspondence address, telephone, and fax numbers will remain unchanged. Email addresses will change to the domain @nexceris.com.


Harper releases performance results of production scale oxidation oven

Harper is proud to announce initial data on its 3-meter wide production scale Oxidation Oven for Carbon Fiber manufacturing, demonstrating outstanding performance for key metrics including air velocity uniformity and temperature uniformity. Data was acquired at temperatures up to 280°C and air velocities up to 4 meters per second.


Demand stresses glass supply: Pilkington says lines fire at peak levels amid soaring construction, auto sales

A booming automotive market and resurgence in commercial construction projects have North America’s flat-glass industry running all out to keep up with demand. So far it’s managed, but only just barely. “I won’t call it a shortage, but there certainly is a very tight supply of flat glass in the North American market, both on the architectural side and the automotive side,” said Stephen Weidner, vice president of Pilkington North America.


Small but mighty, 3M proves less is more with new lightweight additive

3M Advanced Materials Division debuted its newest 3M Glass Bubbles product currently under development at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. The new HGS4K28 is a high-strength, low-density additive specially designed to afford greater density reduction capabilities than other lightweight additives under similar downhole conditions.


New kiln furniture can handle temperatures up to 1,500ºC

Morgan Advanced Materials has responded to industry demands with the launch of a range of kiln furniture made from a new high-performance nitrite-bonded silicon carbide material suitable for use at temperatures of up to 1,500ºC. The material, known as Halsic-N, combines the properties of proven materials such as silicon carbide and silicon nitride in a microstucture that delivers strength, excellent refractory properties, and resistance to oxidation and thermal shock.


H.C. Starck realigns executive board

H.C. Starck, one of the world’s leading suppliers of powders and components made of technology metals and advanced ceramics, realigned its executive board. As of October 1, 2015, the group with nearly 2,800 employees and 15 production sites worldwide will be led by four executive board members.


Mantec strengthens filtration sales team

British industrial ceramics innovator Mantec Technical Ceramics has strengthened its team with the appointment of Mark Crooks as sales manager, Filtration Products. Mark, who is currently chairman of The Filtration Society, will now take the lead in global sales of the company’s wide range of specialty porous ceramics that feature heavily in filtration, fluidization, and aeration.


Functionalized graphene ink opens door to innovative screen-printing applications

A screen-printable functionalized graphene ink supplied by Goodfellow performs better than normal carbon-based ink, opening the door to innovative applications that require exceptional electrical conductivity, excellent ink coverage, and high print resolution. The ink is made with HDPlas functionalized graphene nanoplatelets and is optimized for the viscosity and solid contents required of semi-automatic and manual screen-printing equipment.


Guardian settles with EPA over pollution allegations

Guardian Industries Corp. has reached a settlement with the U.S. EPA and DOJ to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at the company’s flat-glass manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. It’s the agency’s first settlement involving the flat-glass manufacturing sector. Under the proposed settlement, Guardian will spend more than $70 million to control emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and sulfuric acid mist at its flat-glass manufacturing facilities.


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