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News from the glass and refractory ceramics worlds

By P. Carlo Ratto / November 20, 2012

• A new way to make glass has been discovered by a collaboration of researchers at the Universities of Düsseldorf and Bristol using a method that controls how the atoms within a substance are arranged around each other. The research is published in Physical Review Letters. • On Sept. 27, 2012, the European Union General…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / November 2, 2012

Here is what we are hearing: The solar saga continues: Siemens flees solar market (GigaOm) Energy giant Siemens is leaving the solar market after investing heavily in solar technology and power plant construction. The decision is bad news for startups looking for corporate VCs. The decision reflects the poor outlook for the solar market by…

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News from the glass and refractory worlds

By P. Carlo Ratto / July 9, 2012

• Nippon Sheet Glass is to make capacity cuts in Europe and in the US. One of its two float lines at its Laurinburg, North Carolina, US site will be idled between August and September this year. In Europe, it will put its architectural float furnace at Porto Marghera, Venice, Italy, on “hot-hold.” This means…

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News from the glass and refractory worlds

By P. Carlo Ratto / June 14, 2012

• Vidrala Group has announced that it has closed the first quarter of 2012 with a consolidated net profit of €10.6 million, up 16.6% compared to the same period the year before. • Saint-Gobain expects to post weaker first-half results but remains on track to meet its 2012 targets. • Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. announces that…

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News on glass & refractory world

By P. Carlo Ratto / February 7, 2012

• The owner of glass manufacturer Pilkington, Nippon Sheet Glass, has announced that it will close one of its three UK production lines in an effort to cut costs. The job cuts are the second major headcount reduction in two years: In March 2010, the firm cut 6,700 jobs in the wake of the global…

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US glassmaking down, some pockets remain strong

By / March 3, 2010

According to recent press reports, large glass companies, such as Corning and Guardian Industries, claim that even as the economy improves, they are unlikely to bring domestic employment and production back of commodity-type glass products such as float glass to pre-recession levels. “Those who are looking through the rear-view mirror, waiting for the glass industry…

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