Articles by Christine Grahl

High Quality on a Nanoscale

Highly accurate instrumentation is leading to an increasing use of nanoscale powders to create value-added ceramic products.
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INSIDE CI: An Outsourcing Alternative

Remaining competitive is possible--if you have the right equipment.
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GLASS MARKET OVERVIEW: Prospects Look Promising for the Glass Industry

After another slow year in 2003, virtually all glass sectors are seeing increased business in 2004 and positive forecasts for the next several years.
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SANITARYWARE MARKET OVERVIEW: Imports Continue to Gain Ground in the U.S. Sanitaryware Industry

The good news is that the record housing starts and strong remodeling market in 2003, along with the beginning of a recovery in the commercial sector, boosted the demand for sanitaryware products in the U.S.
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BRICK MARKET OVERVIEW: Steady Growth Continues in the Brick Industry

With about 80% of all U.S. brick shipments used in residential applications, it makes sense that the record level of U.S. housing starts in 2003 had a positive impact on the brick industry.
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INSIDE CI: Defining Leadership

The monthly roundup from CI Editor Kristi Grahl.
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ADVANCED CERAMICS MARKET OVERVIEW: Advanced Ceramics Markets Begin Recovery

The advanced ceramic markets appear to be recovering from the slump that affected so many jobs and corporate bottom lines from 2001 to 2003.
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DINNERWARE MARKET OVERVIEW: Dinnerware and Pottery Markets Remain Challenging; Innovation, Manufacturing Efficiency are Key

Although the period from June 2003 to June 2004 saw overall U.S. imports of china, fine earthenware and other pottery products drop only slightly (1%), this might have been enough to stem the rising tide of layoffs and plant closures that has affected the industry over the last several years.
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REFRACTORIES MARKET OVERVIEW: Increasing Industrial Investment Boosts Refractory Demand

After another slow year of industrial investment in 2003, refractories producers are finally starting to see an upswing in their major markets.
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INVESTING IN CERAMICS: Building on the Future

A new U.S. headquarters building and several recent acquisitions are helping the SACMI Group expand its products and services for the global ceramic and packaging industries.
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