Welcome to the June 2019 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.
Kyocera to Acquire Advanced Ceramic Business of Friatec
Kyocera Corporation says its Germany-based European headquarters, Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH, will acquire the advanced ceramics business operations of Friatec GmbH, the manufacturer and seller of ceramic and plastic components based in Mannheim, Germany. Friatec has over 150 years of experience in ceramics innovation dating back to its founding in 1863. The operations will be transferred to the subsidiary Kyocera Fineceramics Solutions GmbH in autumn 2019. Read more.
Boost for Integra’s GaN/SiC Technology
Integra Technologies has been awarded a two-year contract by the U.S. Air Force to accelerate technology and manufacturing readiness of its patented, Thermally-Enhanced GaN/SiC technology. Integra’s GaN/SiC technology is ideal for high efficiency, solid-state RF power applications including high power radar systems requiring improved performance, increased range and reduced operating costs. Find out more.
SCHOTT to Acquire Australia’s MINIFAB
SCHOTT AG, specialty glass and glass-ceramics manufacturer, has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the Australian microfluidic company MINIFAB Pty Ltd. This strategic move will allow both partners to significantly enhance their portfolios in the diagnostics market. While MINIFAB is a leading innovator in customised polymer microfluidics, SCHOTT is the world’s leading supplier of glass substrates for microarrays and microfluidic components made of glass. Read more.
Pioneering SiC Technology for Onboard Battery Charger
BorgWarner has introduced its state-of-the-art Onboard Battery Charger (OBC), adding to its portfolio of technologies for plug-in hybrid and pure-electric vehicles. This technology uses pioneering silicon carbide technology and is best in class for power density, power conversion efficiency and safety compliance. The OBC is installed in hybrid or electric vehicles to convert alternating current from the power grid to direct current for charging batteries. Read more.
Lucideon at Ceramics UK
Lucideon, the materials technology company, is exhibiting at Ceramics UK from 10 - 11 July in Telford, UK. On booth 1417 the Lucideon team will be talking about how they can help ceramics manufacturers, both technical and traditional, to solve processing challenges, from drying and firing issues to forming and sintering problems. Find out more.
NASA Advances SiC/SiC Development
Innovators at NASA's Glenn Research Center have conducted leading-edge research toward the development of silicon carbide (SiC) fibres and SiC/SiC ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) that can be used in high-temperature structural applications, such as hot components in gas turbine engines. NASA's patented SiC/SiC CMC technologies use the advantages of non-oxide SiC fibres and matrices to yield ceramic composites that can withstand adverse structural and environmental conditions for long periods at temperatures up to 2700°F (1480°C). Read more.
Ceramic Sector Responds to UK 2050 Carbon Target
The UK government’s announcement to set a 2050 target for net-zero carbon emissions has been cautiously welcomed by the British Ceramic Confederation, provided the significant costs do not damage the sector’s international competitiveness. The UK is stepping up to lead the way on tackling climate change, but to achieve this industry will need support for proven technologies to be rolled-out at scale. Development of future technology, such as hydrogen and large-scale electric continuous kilns, will also be essential for ceramic manufacturing in the decades to come. Learn more.
Wedgwood, Waterford and Royal Doulton Shop Opens in Fiskars Village
Fiskars Group has opened Finland's first Wedgwood, Waterford and Royal Doulton brand shop, in the Kasarmi building in the heart of Fiskars Village. "Wedgwood, Waterford and Royal Doulton have inspired and excited people around the world already for centuries. We want to offer a chance to get to know these unique brands of ours also in Finland. And what would be a better place for this than the birthplace of our company, Fiskars Village", says Ulla Lettijeff, President, Living business at Fiskars Group. Read more.
The Ceramitec Conference
The Cramitec Conference, which will take place at Messe München's Conference Center North, Germany, from September 19 to 20 2019, offers insights and expert talks in two tracks:
'Industrial Applications' and 'Shape The Future with AM Ceramics". The full conference agenda is available on the Ceramitec website here.
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