° The Czech Republic’s Glass Service Inc. has acquired F.I.C. (UK) Limited, based in Penzance, UK, from CNUD EFCO International, effective from January 2014. F.I.C. (UK) Limited will continue to operate as an independent supplier of electric glass melting equipment serving the worldwide glass industry.
° In an April 17 letter to North American customers, Guardian Industries announced it would increase prices, effective May 19. The price increases are as follows: 15 percent on clear glass from 1 millimeter to 2.2 mm in thickness; 9 percent on clear glass from 6 mm to 19 mm in thickness; 7 percent on clear glass from 2.3 mm to 5 mm in thickness; 9 percent on all tinted float glass excluding CrystalGray; 6.5 percent on low iron substrates; and 5 percent on all laminated and mirror products.
° Qatar National Cement Company (QNCC) has signed a letter of intent with Fives FCB, a French company, to further boost its production capacity with construction of QNCC ‘s Cement Plant Line 5. The contract price on turnkey basis is equivalent of QAR 950 million and the plant’s daily production capacity is 5000 t of clinker.
° Alcoa announced it will curtail 147,000 t of smelting capacity at its São Luís (Alumar) and Poços de Caldas smelters in Brazil due to challenging global market conditions in primary aluminum and increased costs that have made the smelters uncompetitive. In 2013, Alcoa curtailed 34,000 t at Poços and 97,000 metric tons at São Luís. The new curtailments will include the remaining 62,000 t of capacity from the Poços smelter, resulting in a full curtailment of its three potlines.