Ceramic Industry

Alfred and Santanoni Sign Agreement for "Unbreakable" Glassware (posted 4/6/09)

April 6, 2009
The process enables “unbreakable” glassware to be produced at a cost that makes it competitive with its un-strengthened counterparts.

Alfred University has signed a royalty agreement with Santanoni Glass and Ceramics, Inc. for proprietary technology related to the strengthening of glass. The process allows Santanoni to produce “unbreakable” glassware, such as wine glasses, canning jars, bottles, tumblers, goblets and mugs, at a cost that allows the products to be competitive with normal, un-strengthened glassware.

William LaCourse, Ph.D., professor of Glass Science at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and president of the company, has researched processes for strengthening glasses for more than 30 years. “No glass is unbreakable, but our process produces the highest-strength glassware available today, and at price that makes it affordable,” said LaCourse. “It has the potential to save restaurants, catering services and families up to 80%, and perhaps more, on their glassware costs. We have dropped glass bottles from 10 ft high onto a concrete floor, and the glass simply bounces.”

Under the agreement, Santanoni will have access to the technology developed by LaCourse and his graduate students. The glassware will be processed in Alfred Station, N.Y., at the Sugar Hill Industrial Park, and will be marketed nationally.

Alfred University President Charles Edmondson heralded the agreement with Santanoni Glass, calling it “significant for Alfred University and the Southern Tier. It is an indication of how our high-tech materials research can generate job creation and economic growth.”

Over the years, the research was partially funded by Alfred’s Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT), as well as Santanoni. “The help of our CACT was critical in getting the company started,” said LaCourse. “We could not have done it with out its constant support. I owe a lot to the CACT and especially to Alfred University for providing the laboratories, equipment and financial support. It is time to pay back.”

For more information, visit www.alfred.edu or www.santanoni.biz.