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Builder Confidence Hits Highest Level Since November 2005

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fourth consecutive month in September to a level of 59 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).


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Centorr Vacuum Industries Expands MIM Furnace Sales to FloMet, LLC

Centorr Vacuum Industries recently announced it will be building a new MIM-Vac M900 debind and sintering furnace in 2014.


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Ferro to Acquire Italian Tile Coatings Manufacturer

Ferro recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Milan, Italy-based Private Equity Funds’ Management Company Star Capital SGR S.p.A., along with two minority owners and founders Gianfranco Padovani and Sergio Zannoni, to acquire Casola Valsenio, Italy-based Vetriceramici S.p.A.


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Wearable Technology Market Expected to Grow Significantly

With Apple’s unveiling of its new Apple Watch, the wearable tech industry is poised for significant growth, according to a recent report by Red Mountain Insights titled “Wearable Technology Market Trends through 2018.”


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ACerS to Install Officers, Board Members at 116th Annual Meeting

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) recently announced it will install its newly elected officers and board leadership during its 116th Annual Meeting on Monday, October 13, at the Materials Science and Technology 2014 (MS&T ‘14) conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.


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Consumer Concern for Sustainability Helps Drive Global Growth for Glass Packaging

The global market for glass packaging is thriving due to increasing consumer demand for pure, green, and sustainable food and beverage packaging, according to a recent report by MarketReportsOnline.


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Alfred University Professor Wins Funding to Expand Research Facilities

David Lipke, assistant professor of materials science and engineering in the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, is one of 149 university researchers nationwide to win funding for research equipment from the federal Department of Defense.


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Developing Regions to Spur Global Demand for Specialty Silicas

Global demand for specialty silicas (e.g., precipitated silica, silica gel, silica sol and fumed silica) is forecast to grow 5% per year through 2018 to 2.9 million metric tons, valued at $6.9 billion.


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Ceramic Fuel Cells Deploys 500th Unit

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd. (CFU) recently announced that it has achieved a technical and commercial milestone.


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Global Driverless Vehicle Shipments to Reach 14 Million by 2030

Global driverless vehicle shipments are predicted to increase from 1.1 million in 2024 to more than 42 million in 2035, with an installed driverless vehicle base reaching 176 million, according to a new report by ABI Research entitled “Driverless Vehicles.”


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