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Alcoa Reports Strong Fourth Quarter; Profit in Alumina Segment More than Doubles

Alcoa recently reported a jump in fourth quarter and full-year 2014 profits, culminating a year of significant transformation for the company.


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Glass Industry in China Helps Drive Global Demand for Industrial Silica Sand

Global demand for industrial silica sand is forecast to advance 5.5% per year to 291 million metric tons in 2018, with a value of $12.5 billion.


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CoorsTek Finalizes Acquisition of Covalent Materials Corp.

CoorsTek recently announced that it has finalized its acquisition of Covalent Materials, a leading Japanese engineered ceramics manufacturer.


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Refinery at Ma’aden-Alcoa Joint Venture Produces First Alumina from Saudi Bauxite

The Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden) and Alcoa recently announced that the alumina refinery at their joint venture aluminum complex in Saudi Arabia has successfully produced its first alumina from Saudi Arabian bauxite.


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Ferro Announces Sale of Polymer Additives Business

Ferro Corp. recently announced that it has completed the sale of the majority of the assets of its Polymer Additives business to Polymer Additives, Inc., a wholly owned portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital, LLC.


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Price Increase from Imerys Retains Top Position

Imerys’ ball clay and kaolin price increase announcement continued to draw reader interest last week.
This weekly roundup highlights the ceramic, glass, brick and related news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week.
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Raw & Manufactured Materials: 2015 Overview

The rebounding economy is offering multiple opportunities for many traditional and advanced ceramic materials.

U.S. and Canadian production of crude fused aluminum oxide and silicon carbide remained flat in 2013, at 10,000 t and 35,000 t, respectively. U.S. imports for consumption of fused aluminum oxide declined slightly (1.3%) to 228,000 t, while exports jumped 23% to 23,500 t.


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Inside CI: Materials Matter for Ceramic Manufacturers

We celebrate materials every year in our Materials Handbook!

 Raw materials are absolutely vital to ceramic, glass, refractories and brick manufacturers. They’re the starting point for all of the amazing products the industry produces, and that’s why we celebrate materials every year in our annual Materials Handbook issue.  


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Imerys Ball Clay and Kaolin Price Increase is Top News

Last week, readers were most interested in a price increase announcement from Imerys.
This weekly roundup highlights the ceramic, glass, brick and related news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week.
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Alcoa to Acquire TITAL, Expand Growth Platform for Titanium Aerospace Components

Alcoa recently announced plans to further expand its global aerospace business through a definitive agreement to acquire privately held TITAL.


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