Published on November 25th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD0
Ceramics and glass business news of the weekPublished on November 25th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD
Global ceramics market is expected to reach $287.06 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc. Rising government funding for large-scale infrastructure projects in China, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China is expected to propel construction industry growth, which in turn will have a positive on product demand over the next seven years.
As part of a multiyear effort to make the most of its federal investment in U.S. manufacturing, NIST has awarded a new cooperative agreement for the Hollings Manufacturing Partnership center in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity Inc. will receive approximately $4 million for the first 15 months to help small and medium-sized manufacturers develop and expand.
After years of investment in state-of-the-art technology, Lockheed Martin announced its next generation radar technology: the Digital Array Row Transceiver (DART). Based on gallium nitride technology, DART results in greater performance within current Lockheed Martin radar products and lowers life-cycle costs due to an increase in energy efficiency.
Owens Corning has expanded product transparency across core commercial and residential product offerings to help architects, builders, mechanical engineers, and specifiers meet the growing criteria of green building certifications. Among these certifications is the U.S. Green Building Council LEEDv4 credit that rewards the selection of products with environmental production declarations, or EPDs.
Ceramco Ceramics (Center Conway, N.H.) has launched a new e-commerce site to more clearly separate Ceramco’s primary business as a manufacturer of custom components from their stock fastener business. While Ceramco will continue to process phoned-in orders for fasteners, it is making customers aware of the 24/7 availability of the e-commerce site.
When longtime Corning Inc. CFO Jim Flaws steps away from the company at the end of November, he’ll be leaving behind a business worth many times what it was when he started in 1973. From a company with sales of $945 million that year, Corning Inc. last year had sales of more than $10 billion. But that increase hasn’t been a straight line from small-town glassware maker to multinational tech company.
Close collaboration between the Sacmi Group and RAK Ceramics—one of the world’s largest ceramics manufacturers that produces 5 million pieces a year in its sanitaryware business alone—continues investment in its core business technology. Given its plans to boost output capacity even further, the company has now installed a new Sacmi-supplied tunnel kiln designed to handle up to 2,320 pieces in 24 hours, equal to almost 35 tons of finished product a day.
The Department of Physics at the University of Warwick, U.K., which is at the forefront of research into the properties of new and exotic materials, has increased its crystal growth capabilities with the installation of a multi-zone Bridgman furnace from Carbolite Gero. Close collaboration between the company and university staff has enabled the new furnace to be integrated with gas, chilled-water, blower, and control systems.
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