Welcome to the August 2020 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that caught our eye this month.
Research Project to Support the Future of Advanced Ceramics in the Midlands, UK
The Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG), a group looking to position the Midlands, UK, as a world leader in advanced ceramics, is undertaking a research project to engage the wider business community in the process. Membership of the MICG is made up of blue-chip companies and SMEs including Rolls-Royce, JCB, Morgan Advanced Materials and Lucideon – as well as the universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Loughborough. The group has launched a survey to assess the business development, innovation and product commercialisation needs of businesses of all sizes in the Midlands UK region. The survey can be accessed here.
Izumo Murata Completes New Production Building
Izumo Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., located in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, has completed the construction of a new production facility begun in August 2019. The building completion ceremony was held on Tuesday August 4. With the completion of the new production building, Murata will build a system enabling the company to respond to medium- and long-term increases in demand for ceramic parts as a result of the increasing sophistication of electronic devices and use of electronics in automobiles. Read more.
KYOCERA to Collaborate with Regeneus on Promising New Stem Cell-Based Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis
Kyocera Corporation has announced that it has entered a license and collaboration agreement with Sydney, Australia-based Regeneus Ltd. for exclusive rights in Japan to develop, produce, and commercialize Regeneus's unique cell-preparation technology as a regenerative medical product for treating patients with knee osteoarthritis. The technology licensed from Regeneus enables allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells to be formulated into a cell preparation that can be administered to patients. Regeneus has completed an early clinical test in Australia for patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis, with promising results. Find out more.
EMA 2021 Goes Virtual
Electronic Materials and Applications 2021 (EMA 2021) is an international conference focused on electroceramic materials and their applications in electronic, electrochemical, electromechanical, magnetic, dielectric, biological and optical components, devices, and systems. Jointly programmed by the Electronics Division and Basic Science Division of The American Ceramic Society, EMA 2021 will be a virtual event on the same planned dates, January 19–22, 2021. Participants from across the world in academia, industry, and national laboratories will exchange information and ideas on the latest developments in theory, experimental investigation, and applications of electroceramic materials. Find out
O-I Glass Completes the Sale of ANZ Business Unit
O-I Glass, Inc. has announced that it has completed the sale of its Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) business unit to Visy Industries. Gross proceeds approximated AUD $947 million including a related sale-leaseback agreement which approximated AUD $214 million. Based on recent currency exchange rates, gross proceeds represented approximately USD $677 million. Approximately 95 percent of proceeds are being received at time of closing and the remaining balance will be paid within 12 months of closing without conditions precedent. Net proceeds will be principally used to reduce debt. Read more.
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