Here is what we are hearing:
Unifrax, the Niagara Falls, NY based manufacturer of ceramic fiber insulation products, announced today that it had acquired three leading North American vacuum forming businesses: Refractory Specialties Incorporated, Specialty Ceramics Incorporated and VacuForm Incorporated.
The three businesses specialize in the development, manufacture and sale of fiber-based, value-add shapes used in a wide variety of applications in both the industrial and hearth products markets.
Ceramic Gas Products, part of the Mantec Group’s Technical Ceramics Division, has just announced its very first independent order in India. Anchor Sanitaryware, one of India’s leading brands in the sector, has placed an initial order for 80m3 of Ultralite, a unique lightweight refractory material for kiln car loose fill insulation and is set to roll out a programme of Ultralite use across its entire sanitaryware manufacturing operation to save energy and improve profits. This is a substantial prospect as Anchor operates two major facilities which produce around 4,000 pieces per day.
TA Instruments announces the acquisition of Anter Corporation and Anter Laboratories (Pittsburgh, PA), a privately held manufacturer of high performance systems that measure thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and heat capacity of a wide range of materials. The combination of TA and Anter technologies and the integration into TA’s worldwide sales and technical support organizations will greatly benefit scientists who need to characterize the thermophysical properties of high temperature materials.
The Wall Street Transcript has just published Electronic Components Report offering a timely review of the sector. This special report contains expert industry commentary through in-depth interviews with public company CEOs, equity analysts and money managers. The report was written by Amitabh Passi, a technology analyst at UBS Investment Bank, where he covers the technology supply chain and North American wireless sectors.
In an effort to meet the growing demand of its integrated analytical solutions, Siemens Industry’s Process Instrumentation and Analytics, based in Houston, announces a strategic partnership with S&B Plant Services Ltd. to support companies in the oil & gas, energy, water and wastewater and minerals industries. A teaming and marketing agreement was executed to result in an improved ability to meet market demand with a total integrated solution based on Siemens analytical products/services and S&B’s field construction/maintenance services.
A123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate lithium ion batteries and systems, today announced a contract to supply a 500kW advanced energy storage solution to Dongfang Electric Corporation, the third largest manufacturer of wind turbines in the People’s Republic of China and the country’s largest exporter of power equipment. Expected to be installed at DEC’s manufacturing facility in Hangzhou city, China Zhejiang Province, by the end of 2011, the system is designed as a demonstration project to help the corporation evaluate how advanced energy storage can address the challenges associated with the rapid growth of wind power in China.