Saint-Gobain to export refractories from India, sets up new R&D center

French construction and high performance materials maker Saint-Gobain SA’s new refractories plant in Tamil Nadu, India, will cater to global markets, said a top group official. Saint-Gobain group chairman and CEO Pierre-Andre de Chalendar also said the group’s seventh global research center will innovate and develop products for Indian and other markets.

Tethon 3D reaches Kickstarter goal in 48 hours

Tethon Corporation Inc., a leader in ceramic 3D printing located in Omaha, Neb., recently reached their Kickstarter campaign goal for Porcelite Ceramic Resin for SLA/DLP 3D printing in two days. Silicon Prairie News caught up with Karen Linder, President and CEO of Tethon 3D over the phone to find out more about the product.

Harper awarded Australian government nuclear contract

Harper International has been awarded a contract to supply a hot cell rotary thermal processing system for use to treat waste from nuclear medicine production at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). ANSTO’s Synroc technology has been developed to provide a safe, secure matrix for the immobilization and final disposal of radioactive waste.

Multinational companies perform majority of US business R&D

Multinational companies perform the majority of all R&D done by companies located in the U.S., according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. In 2010, U.S.-located businesses performed $279 billion in R&D, and 71% of that, or $197 billion, was performed by the parents of U.S. multinational companies.

Register for Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing

Women in Manufacturing and Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management have collaborated to produce the Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing series, which will provide executive education and training in mid-to-high level management roles in manufacturing careers. The Leadership Lab program consists of three sessions over eight days in April, May, and June 2016.

Alcoa wins fourth Boeing contract in string of recent deals

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a long-term supply agreement with Boeing for multi-material aerospace parts. Under this agreement, Alcoa will supply components for the 777X—Boeing’s newest commercial airplane—the 737 MAX—scheduled for first delivery in 2017—and the 787 Dreamliner.

2016 predictions: 3 best investments for manufacturers

The manufacturing industry is constantly in flux, and that’s especially true with the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Advanced Technology Services’ Mike Waltrip talked with about how manufacturers can handle intensifying efficiency pressures. Waltrip offered three technologies worth investing in: 3D printing, automation and the Internet of Things.

Deep gas Utica well utilizes Carbo Kryptosphere LD technology

Carbo Ceramics Inc. announced the successful use of Kryptosphere LD, its ultra-conductive, low-density ceramic proppant technology, in the Utica for Consol Energy, a leading Appalachian basin producer. This is the first well to utilize Kryptosphere LD and joins Kryptosphere HD as another product in the ultra-conductive proppant technology platform to maximize hydrocarbon flow.

Rio Tinto agrees sale of Mount Pleasant for $224M plus royalties

Rio Tinto has reached a binding agreement for the sale of its Mount Pleasant thermal coal assets to MACH Energy Australia Pty Ltd for $224 million plus royalties. With the recently announced binding agreement for the sale of Rio Tinto’s interest in the neighboring Bengalla coal Joint Venture, this amounts to $830 million of agreed sales.

Owens Corning to acquire glass non-wovens and fabrics businesses of Ahlstrom

Owens Corning has signed an agreement to acquire the glass non-wovens and fabrics businesses of Ahlstrom, a fiber-based materials company headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, for €73 million ($79.5 million). The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is anticipated to close in the first half of 2016.