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

Murata and Teijin Frontier Jointly Innovate Fabric with Antimicrobial Performance

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd.  have jointly developed the world's first piezoelectric fabric "PIECLEX" that generates electrical energy and exhibits antimicrobial performance when a motion is applied. PIECLEX fabric realizes antimicrobial performance by converting motions such as human movement into electrical energy by combining Murata's piezoelectric technology cultivated through development and manufacture of electronic components with Teijin Frontier's fabric technology, which spans from yarns and materials to product manufacturing. Read more here.


Morgan Advanced Materials becomes sole owner of Carbo San Luis

Morgan Advanced Materials has announced the acquisition of Carbo San Luis. This comes after a 22-year strong partnership and ensures the continued growth and development of the business. The acquisition came into force on 10 June 2020. Find out more here.

PCL Invests in their LabCast Technology to Allow Faster Slip Test and Rapid Prototyping

PLC, a market leader in the manufacture of high-pressure casting equipment, has released a new version of the LabCast, it’s bench top high-pressure ceramic casting system for the ceramics industry. The new version is easy to use, fast and efficient and provides a flexible way to test and develop slip formulations.  The LabCast system is also suitable for the rapid prototyping of small products, allowing the user to both see the shape of the finished product and how the material performs in a high-pressure casting environment. Read more.


Five Projects to Advance ExOne Binder Jet 3D Printing Receive Manufacturing PA Innovation Grants

Five projects with Pennsylvania universities have received funding through the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program to advance binder jet 3D printing in collaboration with The ExOne Company, the global leader in industrial sand and metal 3D printers using binder jetting technology. In all, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) awarded $2.8M to Pennsylvania universities for 43 projects to advance manufacturing technology projects. ExOne binder jet systems currently 3D print more than 20 metals, ceramics and composite materials, but important R&D work continues to further advance the disruptive production technology. Read more.

Cersaie Postponed

Cersaie, the international event for designers of ceramic and other surface coverings and bathroom furnishings, has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 health emergency. The show will now take place in Bologna from 27 September to 1 October 2021. Find out more about Cersaie here.

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft awards Seal of Quality to CeramTec

CeramTec has received the "Innovative through Research" Seal of Quality from the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (German Science Foundation) for its research & development activities. Only a small percentage of all German companies are actively involved in R&D to ensure their future viability – and thus that of the entire country. CeramTec belongs to this innovative group and participates according to the motto "Only those who research can develop new products and thus create innovation and growth". Read more here.

Sibelco appoints Hilmar Rode as new Chief Executive Officer

Sibelco’s Board of Directors has confirmed the selection of Hilmar Rode as the next Chief Executive Officer of Sibelco. Mr Rode will succeed Jean-Luc Deleersnyder who in March this year announced his intention to step down. Mr Rode will commence as CEO on 1st September 2020. Hilmar Rode has over 30 years in the global mining, materials, chemicals and industrial gases industries and currently leads operational strategy, technical services, projects and capital management for Glencore’s copper group. Read more.

Meggitt signs $15 million contract with Chemring Australia Pty Ltd 

Meggitt PLC, a leading international company specialising in high performance components and subsystems for the aerospace, defence, and selected energy markets, has signed a $15 million contract with Chemring Australia Pty, for the continued supply of flare countermeasure assemblies on the F35 fighter jet. The contract award further strengthens the existing partnership between Chemring Australia and Meggitt, on this world leading multirole combat aircraft. Find out more.



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