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

Kyocera Acquires H.C. Starck Ceramics

Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH has agreed with H.C. Starck GmbH to acquire 100% of the shares of its subsidiary H.C. Starck Ceramics GmbH (Selb, Germany). H.C. Starck Ceramics possesses reaction bonded silicon carbide processing technology – a new technology for Kyocera – which enables production of high rigidity, large, complex shaped materials. The newly acquired company also brings highly efficient production equipment using cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI). Read more.

Accelerated Growth Forecast for Ceramic Capacitors

A new report from BCC Research says the global market for ceramic capacitors should grow from $14.8 billion in 2018 to $30.7 billion by 2023 at a compound annual growth rate of 15.7% for the period of 2018-2023. The report notes that ceramic capacitors are essential to the aerospace and space exploration, automotive, communications, computers and peripherals, consumer products, defence, entertainment, industrial and medical industries, leading to a soaring market. Read more.

Heraeus Collaborates with Toshiba Materials on Silicon Nitride Substrates

Heraeus Electronics has announced a strategic partnership with Toshiba Materials to jointly develop and produce metal-ceramic substrates made of silicon nitride. These are used in high performance electronics. The growth of the e-mobility market has created an increased demand for more efficient, economical and reliable power electronic components for hybrid and electric vehicles. Silicon nitride metal-ceramic substrates possess excellent thermal conductivity and mechanical properties, which are used as heat dissipating and insulating parts in power modules. Read more.


A consortium of organizations, including Lucideon, has recently been awarded an Innovate UK grant to develop material and process capability for Ceramic Additive Manufacturing. In this project, CerAMake, novel material chemistry will be developed which exploits the unique processing characteristics of piezoelectric inkjet technology providing significant microstructural control and improved properties via a scalable ceramic binder jetting platform. This will result in the first ceramic AM technology capable of achieving highly complex parts in a rate capable system suitable for multiple market sectors. Read more.

Heat Pipes Project Promises Energy Savings

Results just in from a £5 million project which installed a heat pipe exchanger at a ceramic tile factory in Pavullo, Italy, show large-scale savings on energy, costs and emissions. The H2020 DREAM project added industrial heat pipes to a new-generation roller kiln at the Mirage tile works. Monitoring over six months shows that this system has helped cut annual emissions by 205.5 tonnes and has saved £28,000 a year. Read more.

Copper-Rich Glass Implant Helps Bone Infection Treatment

Hailed as a significant advance, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland researchers has developed a new treatment for osteomyelitis. It kills bacteria and promotes bone growth without using antibiotics. The researchers combined copper particles with bioactive glass and incorporated this into an implant designed specifically for bone repair. The copper-doped bioactive glass in the porous scaffold implant attracts blood vessels and bone cells, which accelerates bone repair. The copper ions in the implant also prevent bacteria growth. Read more.

Ceramic Innovation Network: Accelerating Clean Growth in Ceramics

Bringing together industrialists and academics from all subsectors of ceramic manufacturing to network and learn more about innovative ideas, this year's event focuses on Accelerating Clean Growth in Ceramics and the associated Government funding streams available to help businesses improve their energy efficiency, achieve decarbonisation and introduce new technology in their manufacturing processes. Find out more.

Conference on Industrial Use of Ceramics

Messe München, the organiser of the Ceramitec exhibition, has launched a new conference, the focus of which will be ceramic materials and, in particular, the possibilities for their industrial use. The event will take place in Munich from 19-20 September 2019. Read more.

Conference - Electric Field Enhanced Processing of Advanced Materials II: Complexities and Opportunities

As experts in Flash Sintering (FS), Lucideon has helped to organise this Field Enhanced Sintering conference that is taking place in Portugal in March. Dr Andre Prette, Lucideon's FS technical manager, will be giving a talk on the 'Flash Sintering of Injection Molded Zirconia under AC Electric Field for Enhancement of Optical Properties' and Lucideon's and the University of Warwick's Gareth Jones will be presenting work titled 'Flash Sintering of Beta Alumina Solid Electrolyte for Sodium Battery Applications' that has been done in collaboration with Ionotec Ltd. Find out more.

Digital Resource for Ceramic Glaze

Glaze Spectrum is a new digital resource that provides a full spectrum of natural colour glazes and details on how best to create them. Developed by Helen Love, Technical Services Officer at Gray’s School of Art, in collaboration with Aberdeen-based Design and Code, it will provide an open source platform. The library uses all natural metal oxides, minerals and clays to create a vast spectrum of colours. Read more.

US Refractories Training

During CeramicsExpo week in Cleveland, Ohio, Lucideon will be running two training courses: 'Refractory Materials & Applications' and 'Understanding Refractories Properties & Links to Performance'. Led by Jan Theron, Lucideon's refractories consultant and president of the Institute of Refractories Engineers, the courses are suitable for anyone involved with refractories in a diverse range of industries, including glass, cement, refractories, petrochemical, iron & steel, lime and incineration. Read more.


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