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

Kyocera to Purchase Major Assets of Renovis Surgical Technologies

Kyocera Corp announced on 16 January that its US headquarters, Kyocera International Inc, had finalized an agreement with Renovis Surgical Technologies, an orthopaedic and spinal medical device manufacturer and developer, to purchase the major assets of Renovis’ business operations relating to artificial joint and spinal products. The assets will be transferred into a new California-based company wholly owned by Kyocera International, to be named Kyocera Medical Technologies Inc, in March 2019. Find out more.

US Silica Acquires Industrial Manufacturing Facility

US Silica Holdings Inc has purchased a former ceramic proppant facility in Millen, Georgia that will be converted into manufacturing high-end products for the company's Industrial and Specialties Products (ISP) business. "The acquisition of the Millen facility will enable us to expand our capacity to meet growing customer demand for some of ISP's most successful and most profitable new products,'' said CEO Bryan Shinn. Profitability has increased at 10% CAGR over the past five years. Read more.

Process Developed to 3D Print Piezoelectric Materials

A team at Virginia Tech led by Xiaoyu Zheng has developed methods to 3D print piezoelectric materials that can be custom designed to convert movement, impact, and stress from any directions to electrical energy. The piezoelectric materials come in only a few defined shapes and are made of brittle crystal and ceramic – the kind that require a clean room to manufacture. Zheng’s team has developed a technique to 3D print these materials so they are not restricted by shape or size. Find out more.

SINTX Announces 30-Year Spine Fusion Data with Silicon Nitride Implants

SINTX Technologies, USA, reports the independent publication of 30-year clinical outcomes of lumbar fusion surgeries, performed with silicon nitride implants. This recently appeared in World Neurosurgery Journal. “This report clearly establishes the place of silicon nitride in the annals of spine surgery,” said study author Dr Ralph Mobbs. “This paper is a compelling affirmation of our full confidence in silicon nitride as the ideal spine biomaterial platform,” said SINTX Chairman, Dr Sonny Bal. Read more.

Lucideon announces 2019 ceramic whitewares training

Lucideon has announced the launch of its 2019 schedule of ceramic whitewares and refractories training which includes over twenty-five modules for the tableware, sanitaryware, tile and retail sectors. Courses are held at Lucideon's UK headquarters, or at a company's site. Online training is also available. In 2019, refractories training will be held during Ceramics Expo Week. Read more.

AVX Introduces Ultra-Miniature, Thin-Film Transmission Line Capacitors

AVX Corp has introduced a new line of ultra-miniature, thin-film transmission line capacitors for high-frequency links, DC blocking in the UHF range and other high-performance microwave and RF applications. The new capacitors have a novel metal-insulator-metal structure, copper traces for optimal circuit conductivity, a transmission line wire-bond pad, and a gold-metallized backside ground, and can be supplied on a variety of low-loss substrates, including quartz, alumina, glass, and silicon. Find out more.

CoorsTek and Deltapore Showcase Benefits of Hollow Ceramic Core Membranes

CoorsTek, a world-leading engineered ceramics manufacturer, and Deltapore, an industrial water treatment company, have conducted a series of on-site field tests to compare the quality of coolant fluids using a traditional centrifuge filtration versus ceramic hollow fibre membrane technology. It shows >80% removal of swarf while using the hollow ceramic coolant filtration technology. In fact, the hollow ceramic membrane filtration removes very small particles, below 2 microns. Read more.

Corning Launches Latest Gorilla Glass for Auto Interiors

Corning Inc has introduced two new auto interior glass solutions; the industry’s first two AutoGrade™ cover glass solutions for auto interiors, in 2D and 3D formats. “Consumers want a more connected and immersive driver experience in the cockpit. Automakers are responding by deploying displays that are larger, longer, shaped, and more integrated,” said Michael Kunigonis, VP and General Manager, Corning Automotive Glass Solutions. Find out more.

Registration now open for CeramicsExpo 2019

Registration for CeramicsExpo, the materials, manufacturing and component show, in Cleveland, Ohio, 30 April - 1 May 2019, is now open.  Lucideon will be on booth 516, talking about optimization of processing technologies and development of new ones.  Register for your free pass here.

QSIL Acquires Barat Ceramics

Technical ceramics expert Barat Ceramics, Germany, has been acquired by the materials specialist QSIL. This will now boost QSIL group sales beyond €100 million and significantly enlarges its special materials portfolio. From now through to 2021, QSIL plans to invest €5 million in the Barat production site and expects international sales to be strengthened by the deployment of its worldwide branches and sales offices. Read more.


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