Articles by Christine Grahl

Investing In Ceramics<br>A Strong Bond

December 3, 2003
High-performance adhesives from Reltek are helping component manufacturers successfully bond and seal a range of dissimilar materials for use in harsh environments.
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BCR: 50 Years of Screen Heating And Other Screening Innovations

November 30, 2003
As Midwestern Industries celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2003, the company is still pursuing new ways to revolutionize the screening industry.
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INSIDE CI <br>Gearing Up For the Game

November 30, 2003
The fourth annual Equipment Digest features more than 70 new equipment definitions, making it CI's most comprehensive resource to date.
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INSIDE CI<br>Where's the Recovery?

October 6, 2003
For months now, economists have been saying that the U.S. economy is improving. So where is the U.S. ceramic industry in all of this?
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Refractories Markets Poised for Recovery As Economy Regains Strength

October 6, 2003
Although the refractories industry experienced additional consolidation in early 2002, the situation appears to be changing as the economies in several key markets--notably the U.S. and western Europe--begin to improve.
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Residential Construction Boosts U.S. Brick Demand; Commercial Markets Expected to Improve

October 3, 2003
According to the U.S. Commerce Department, shipments of common and facing brick increased 1.2% in 2002 to 8.04 billion at a value of $1.72 billion, compared to 7.94 billion at a value of $1.68 billion in 2001.
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Consumer Trends, Cheap Imports Erode Dinnerware Market

October 1, 2003
The past two years have been challenging for many dinnerware manufacturers, as the weak global economy has made consumers reluctant to travel and spend.
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Pricing Pressures, Economic Woes Affect Advanced Ceramics Markets

October 1, 2003
After an extremely difficult year in 2001, many manufacturers serving the high-tech markets saw sales fall an additional 5-15% in 2002 as a result of continued weakness in the electronics sector, particularly in corporate information technology, semiconductors and telecommunications.
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Sales Higher for Flat Glass and Containers; Other Glass Segments Mixed

October 1, 2003
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 6.4 billion square feet of flat glass were shipped in 2002 at an estimated value of $2.1 billion - up slightly (1% and 0.7%, respectively) from the previous year's levels.
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Strong Building, Remodeling Markets Boost Demand for Sanitaryware Products

October 1, 2003
Low mortgage rates in the U.S., which fueled record sales of both new and existing homes in 2002, helped boost demand for sanitaryware and other building products.
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