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February 20th, 2012

News from the glass and refractory worlds

Published on February 20th, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

Samples of decorative glass bottles made by PacificGlas. Credit: PacificGlas.

  • It has been announced that PacificGlas will commission a new electric furnace and two production lines in June 2013, at its plant located 300 kilometers south of Seoul, Korea. The furnace is expected to have a capacity of 20 tons per day.
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  • Container glass such as bottles or jars for preserves is, at present, produced in a two-stage forming process. As part of a recent research project (“EinFormGlas”), the theoretical principles for a single-stage process have now been worked out. This process makes it possible to substantially decrease raw material and energy consumption.
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  • Saint-Gobain is said to be on the verge of handing over to Pilkington its half of Flovetro. Flovetro owns in San Salvo, Italy, the homonym automotive float plant.
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  • World crude steel production reached 1,527 Mt for the year of 2011; this is an increase of 6.8 % compared to 2010 and is a record for global crude steel production. All the major steel-producing countries, apart from Japan and Spain, showed growth in 2011. Growth was particularly robust in Turkey, South Korea and Italy.
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  • Mechel OAO, one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announced the launch of the reconstructed coke oven battery #5 at Mechel Mining OAO’s subsidiary Mechel-Coke OOO. This means that all of Mechel-Coke OOO’s eight coke oven batteries are now operational.
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  • IFGL Refractories has seen its total income go up 36.62 % to Rs 203.38 crore (Rs 148.87 crore lakh) on stand-alone basis in nine months ended on Dec. 31, 2011.
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  • Saudi Arabia has renewed its ban on cement exports, after partially lifting it in 2009, due to rising demand at home where multi-billion infrastructure projects are under way, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.

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