News & Trends

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news & trends NIST issues report on MGI workshop addressing data and standards The stated goal of the Materials Also, as MGI’s White House point ing agencies, it looks like the concept is Genome Initiative is “to double the man, Cyrus Wadia, explained in and working. speed at which we discover, develop and interview with the Bulletin in 2011, Even so, getting the materials sci- manufacture new materials.” The goals the idea is for MGI to evolve in a grass ence community’s collective arms are clear, but how to tackle them is chal- roots manner, not bureaucratically in a around MGI is not so easy. NIST, as lenging. MGI will draw on the concert- top-down way. Since it was announced the nation’s data and standards experts, ed efforts of academia, manufacturers, in June 2011, the MGI has transi- are naturally positioned to take a lead- federal funding agencies, and national tioned from a twinkle in the eye of the ership role in defining the issues and labs. Meanwhile, each of those constitu- White House’s Office of Science and guiding the development of a “materials encies must remain true to their mis- Technology Policy to a multi-agency innovation infrastructure.” sions, and there are often dependencies initiative taking its first toddling steps. NIST embraced that challenge/ between them, for example, between Indeed, with the first drops from the opportunity and last May convened academia and federal funding agencies. funding tap flowing from diverse fund- a workshop—“Building the Materials Business news Owens-Illinois is investing C140 million novel approach to modeling flow (www. the grid to increase 40 percent by 2022 on strengthening its European operations simio.com)… Federal agencies to hold (www.pikeresearch.com)… Thermal in 2013 (www.o-i.com)… SORG and workshop on the design of the National heat treatment systems: Drying or cur- EME have been chosen as suppliers to Network for Manufacturing Innovation ing for the composite and advanced the Consol Nigel Greenfield factory proj- (www.manufacturing.gov)… Hindusthan ceramic sector (www.cds-group. ect (www.sorg.de)… Magnezit Group National Glass and Industries has com- co.u)… Guardian’s Pablo Isasmendi to be and Rath GmbH/AT, which specializes in missioned a 650-ton-per-day glass bottle president of British Glass (www.britglass. production of refractory products based plant at Naidupeta in Andhra Pradesh, org.uk)… Groundbreaking ceremony on alumina, silica and zirconia, concluded India (www.www.hngil.com)… Robust for the European Center for Dispersion a strategic agreement on cooperation vehicle sales are providing a boost to Technologies (www.netzsch-grinding. (www.magnezit.ru)… Aluminium Corp. Pittsburgh Glass Works, which is add- com)… Saint-Gobain awarded major of China plans to build an alumina facility ing 50 to 60 employees at its plant in contract to supply sapphire armor (www. with a capacity of 1 million tons a year Creighton, East Deer. (www.pgwglass. saint-gobain.com)… Morgan Thermal in Indonesia (www.chalco.com)… APC com)… PPG Industries’ can now produce Ceramics’ new FireMaster Marine Plus publishes free piezo calculator iPhone, heat-strengthened glass in thicknesses of Blanket fire insulation provides up to iPad app (www.americanpiezo.com)… 2, 2.5 and 2.7 millimeters with surface- 30 percent weight savings (www.mor- Schott NA and Space Photonics Inc. sign compression strength that exceeds that ganthermalceramics.com)… Mantec’s agreement for covert communications of fully tempered glass (www.ppg. control discs keep a ‘heat work’ check on technology (www.us.schott.com)… com)… Abrasives maker Carborundum technical ceramics processes (www.man- Setaram offers new µSC microcalorimeter Universal, a part of the Murugappa Group, tectechnicalceramics.com)… Plibrico (www.setaram.com)… Utah’s Ceramatec has deferred plans to set up its pro- announces international brand of refrac- awarded $3.8M in energy grants (www. posed greenfield project in Gujarat, India tory materials (www.plibrico.com)… ceramatec.com)… Evans Analytical (www.www.cumi-murugappa.com)… Rolls-Royce to build second plant in Group acquires SEAL Labs (www.eaglabs. 3M completes acquisition of Ceradyne Virginia (www.rolls-royce.com)… Ferro com)… New market report: Innovations (www.3m.com)… Channel Technologies announces CEO transition (www.ferro. in crystalline silicon PV 2013—Markets, Group invigorates R&D and innovation com)… Ancora Group reports strong sales strategies and leaders in nine technol- with new engineering department (www. results in Brazil (www.ancoragroup.it) n ogy areas (www.greentechmedia. channeltechgroup.com)… Total capac- com)… Simio releases version 5 with a ity of worldwide ‘spinning reserves’ for 4 www.ceramics.org | American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 1


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