Welcome to the February 2020 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.

Murata Claims World's First-in-Class Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor

Murata Manufacturing says it has developed the world’s first multi-layer ceramic capacitor to feature a maximum capacitance of 0.1µF in 0.25mm × 0.125mm size. As smartphones supporting 5G become more widespread and wearable devices become increasingly multifunctional and more compact, the demand for smaller and higher density electronic circuitry is growing. Among the components employed in this circuitry, multi-layer ceramic capacitors are essential. As the high end smartphones are equipped with around 800 to 1,000 capacitors, there is a considerable need for such components to be made even more compact.  Discover more here.


Ceramic Cylindrical Cell Stacks JV Announced

NGK Spark Plug and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) have formally established their joint venture to manufacture and sell cylindrical cell stacks as the power generating elements used in solid oxide fuel cells. The new company is called CECYLLS, derived from ‘Ceramic Cylindrical Cell Stacks’, which is also the company’s core product. The JV will use NTK’s mass production ceramic technologies to produce and sell MHPS’ cylindrical cell stacks that feature long life and efficient heat utilisation capabilities.  Read more.


Accelerated Certification of Advanced Composite Structures

In partnership with industry, a team of US Air Force Research Lab/Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) personnel are developing the capability to accelerate certification of advanced manufactured composite structures. A new materials characterisation sub-facility at CHESS, the Materials Solutions Network, will allow breakthroughs in materials, processes and designs for aerospace and military components. The ability to process material models faster will enable shorter times toward certification of new materials and difficult processing methods such as additive manufacturing.  Find out more.


RHI Magnesita Acquires Missouri Refractories

RHI Magnesita has acquired Missouri Refractories Co (MORCO). “With its more than 45 years of experience in fulfilling the needs of demanding, highly loyal and satisfied customers, MORCO perfectly fits into RHI Magnesita’s strategy to strengthen our position in the North American refractory market. The dedicated team in Pevely, MO, truly is an asset that will contribute to RHI Magnesita’s success in the whole region,” said Stefan Borgas, CEO RHI Magnesita.  Discover more.


Allied Purchases IP Rights of Westmoreland Advanced Materials

Allied Mineral Products has purchased the intellectual property rights to a collection of industry-leading products for the aluminium industry previously owned by Westmoreland Advanced Materials. The WAM® AL II line of patented products is internationally known for energy savings and resistance to corundum formation for aluminium producers. Allied will manufacture these products in its facilities in the USA, Europe, India, Russia, China, South Africa, Chile, and Brazil.  More details here.


3D Printed Ceramics Bolster ISS BioFabrication Facility

Specialising in additive manufacturing systems for advanced ceramics, Lithoz America has partnered with Techshot to develop ceramic fluid manifolds used inside bioreactors, which provide nutrients to living materials printed in space by the International Space Station’s BioFabrication Facility (BFF). Expected to replace the prototype polymer manifolds tested in space last summer, the Lithoz ceramic manifolds are being tested aboard the ISS for their biocompatibility, precision, durability and overall fluid flow properties. The ceramic manifolds were printed using lithography-based ceramic manufacturing (LCM) on a high resolution CeraFab printer.  Read more.


Lucideon to Run Refractories Training Courses during Ceramics Expo Week

Following the success of last year’s courses, Lucideon, the materials and processes consultancy, will be running two of their Refractories training modules on the day before and the two days after Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio, in May 2020.  ‘An Introduction to Refractories and Refractories Testing’ will run on Monday 4 May and the two-day course, ‘Refractories for the Glass Industry’ will take place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 May.  Discover more.


SINTX Will Collaborate Over R&D with Nissin

SINTX Technologies, an OEM ceramics company that develops and commercializes silicon nitride for medical and non-medical applications, has established a collaboration framework with Nissin Manufacturing Co. The companies will fund research and product development activities collaboratively at a newly developed joint research centre, located in Kyoto, Japan. The purpose of this collaboration is to develop new products for worldwide markets, using SINTX’s unique technology and knowledge in silicon nitride ceramics, and Nissin’s superior manufacturing technology platforms and retail channels.  Find out more here.


Researchers Secure Role in £7m Project to Decarbonise Glass Manufacturing

Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University are part of a worldwide group of organisations who have received a £7 million government contract to develop sustainable methods of glass manufacturing. The funding is part of a new £7.1 million contract the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has granted Glass Futures, a partnership of a number of leading organisations from around the world, including Sheffield Hallam University, who are working to drive innovation in glass making.  Discover more.


Jon Tabor Retires from Allied After 50 Years’ Service

Jon Tabor, Chairman Emeritus of Allied Mineral Products, is retiring effective 31 March 2020. He celebrated 50 years with Allied on 16 February. Amongst many marks of recognition, Tabor was honoured with the Tredennick Award from The Refractories Institute, The Alfred University Distinguished Service Award, The Alfred University Founders Society Honor, The Ohio Exporter of the Year (1985), and the Ceramic Industry Refractory Man of the Year Award (2006). Read more here.


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