Welcome to the December 2019 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.

Advanced Ceramics for Absolute Listening Pleasure

Turntable manufacturer Rega is now using CeramTec advanced ceramics for its RP10 model. The platters are made of alumina, precision manufactured using diamond tools in the final step. Rega requires complete concentricity with a maximum tolerance of 50 microns. A sound engineer also assesses the quality of each and every turntable as an additional quality assurance step. The bright white platters don’t fade thanks to the material’s excellent colour stability, even with exposure to UV.  Discover more here.


CoorsTek Takes Lead in Academic Ceramic Research

CoorsTek hosted all ten of its Research Fellows from Colorado School of Mines at a recent symposium. The CoorsTek Research Fellows Program was launched in 2014 from a Coors family $27 million donation to fund the program and a 95,000ft2 CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering building on the Mines campus. “Material Scientists are leading the way in many industries, and for us at CoorsTek, it is imperative that we give these young scientists the opportunity to do the academic research needed for the next big breakthrough,” commented CTO, Randel Mercer.  Read more.


Ferro To Divest Tile Coatings Business

Ferro Corp has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Tile Coatings Business to Pigments Spain SL, a company of the Esmalglass-Itaca-Fritta group. With annual sales of approximately $510 million (year ended September 2019), this business produces coatings for ceramic tiles used in residential and non-residential construction. Historically, it has been part of Ferro’s Performance Coatings reporting segment, along with Ferro’s Porcelain Enamel Business, which will be retained.  Find out more.


Kyocera Founder Inamori Receives KBE From Queen Elizabeth

Dr Kazuo Inamori, a global entrepreneur and philanthropist, received the title of Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) from HRH Queen Elizabeth II on 28 November 2019. The honour, bestowed in Japan by His Excellency Paul Madden, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom, during an investiture ceremony at the ambassador's residence, was announced by Kyocera Corporation, KDDI Corporation, Japan Airlines Co Ltd and the Inamori Foundation.  Discover more.


Murata Completes New Production Building at Izumo Facility

Izumo Murata Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd located in Izumo City, Japan, has completed the construction of a production facility begun in October 2018. The completion of the new production building creates the structures necessary to adapt to projected increases in demand for ceramic parts caused by the increasing sophistication of electronic devices and use of electronics in automobiles. Total floor area is 41,215m2 and this represents an investment of 40 billion yen.  More details here.


Alessandro Dazza Will Be New Imerys CEO

Alessandro Dazza is to take over as Imerys’ CEO effective 17 February 2020. Patrick Kron commented: “I’m delighted that Alessandro Dazza has agreed to become Imerys’ Chief Executive Officer. His leadership and his intimate knowledge of the Group and of its businesses are strong assets for completing the necessary transformation already initiated and for pursuing a strategy of profitable growth.”  Read more.


Lucideon Launches Video Series

Lucideon, the materials consultancy, has launched the first of the videos in its series on processing optimization.  Andy Perry, leader of ceramic processes at Lucideon, talks about rheology and how understanding it can help manufacturers to optimize performance and production yields. Watch the video here.


Carpenter Technology Opens Emerging Technology Center

Carpenter Technology Corp has established a 500,000ft2 Emerging Technology Center (ETC) in Athens, Alabama. This is North America’s newest additive manufacturing (AM) facility containing true end-to-end capabilities. The ETC provides the capability to atomise a range of specialty alloys into metal powder and manufacture the powder into finished parts using AM technology. Its downstream equipment for taking the initially produced part to a final finished product includes the latest, state-of-the-art quick cooling hot isostatic press system in the USA, as well as vacuum heat treating to optimise the material properties of high-value specialty alloy components.  Discover more.


SGL Carbon and Solvay Collaborate on Advanced Carbon Fibre Composites

SGL Carbon and Solvay have entered into a joint development agreement to bring to market the first composite materials based on large-tow intermediate modulus (IM) carbon fibre. These materials, which address the need to reduce costs and CO2 emissions, and improve the production process and fuel efficiency of next-generation commercial aircraft, will be based on SGL Carbon’s large-tow IM carbon fibre and Solvay’s primary structure resin systems.  Further details.


BASF Acquires 3D Printing Service Provider Sculpteo

To continue to expand its position as a leading service provider in the additive manufacturing sector, BASF New Business GmbH has formally agreed to acquire the online 3D printing service provider Sculpteo. For around a decade, Sculpteo has operated an online platform with integrated production for the manufacturing of prototypes, individual objects, and serial production components with a range of different additive manufacturing technologies. Customers in various industrial sectors around the world use the Sculpteo service to produce new components rapidly and reliably.  Find out more here.


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