Articles by Christine Grahl

U.S. Brick Sales Remain Steady in 2001; Near-Term Outlook is Uncertain

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Strong U.S. and Canadian housing markets helped bolster North American brick sales in 2001 despite depressed economic conditions.
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Flat, Specialty Glass Reflect Weak Economy; Container Glass Markets Remain Strong

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Glass markets were varied in 2001, reflecting the different trends in the global end-use markets.
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Remodeling, New Construction Drive U.S. Sanitaryware Sales Higher

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As a result of the strong housing market, sanitaryware sales in the U.S. were mostly higher in 2001 and the first quarter of 2002.
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Drop in Travel Affects Dinnerware Sales; Rebound Expected in 2002

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Although consumer confidence and retail spending have remained relatively high throughout the economic downturn, these factors were not enough to offset the sharp decline in travel and leisure spending that occurred immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
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Saving Energy with Raw Materials

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Adding certain raw materials, such as lithium, to a glass or ceramic batch can reduce energy requirements while also providing a range of other benefits.
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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Pittcon 2002 in Review

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Instrument manufacturers introduced a host of new QC/QA tools at the recent Pittcon show in New Orleans, La.
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Ceramic Opportunities in Fuel Cells

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Fuel cells are still a number of years away from full commercialization, but the outlook for ceramic applications in this emerging market is promising.
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Inside CI: Powerful Partnerships

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The best way to make the most of a potentially big market is to find the right partners.
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Trends in Decorative Finishes

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What trends are emerging in decorative finishes, and what factors are driving those trends? To answer those questions, CI talked with several leading suppliers of colors, glazes, precious metals and other decorating technologies.
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BCR: The Making of a Brick Plant

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A great deal of pre-planning and a willingness to work with the local government were key to the success of Redland Brick’s new plant in Cheswick, Pa.
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