Welcome to the May 2019 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.
Saint-Gobain Hosts Innovation Day
On 23 May, Saint-Gobain gathered 15 start-ups and SMEs for an Innovation Day on high-performance materials and technologies. This took place at Domolab, its innovation centre based in Aubervilliers, near Paris, as part of a joint event organized with the European Innovation Council and the support of NOVA, Saint-Gobain’s External Ventures team. Under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, the EIC selects start-ups and SMEs with high innovation potential in order to boost the quick development of their products, services and technologies. Read more.
Blasch Expands R&D Team
Blasch Precision Ceramics, an expanding manufacturing company specialized in ceramic technology and based in Albany, NY, USA, has announced its latest full time addition to the team: Michael Dixon, Development Engineer. Michael will lead the development and commercialization of new materials and processes for the molten metals market. This includes direct assistance to and interaction with customers through testing and/or technical discussions, as well as evaluating new suppliers and determining the viability of respective products in the various markets. Find out more.
Solving the Erosion and Corrosion Dilemma with Technical Ceramics
CoorsTek highlighted advanced ceramic solutions for the oil and gas industry at May’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas. In both offshore and onshore oilfield conditions, severe wear, erosion and corrosion destroy traditional materials. Replacing metal and hardened alloy components with durable CoorsTek technical ceramics can deliver up to 100 times less wear – meaning longer equipment life and less downtime. Find out more.
Wienerberger Records Strongest Q1 in Its History
Wienerberger Group began 2019 with the strongest opening quarter in its 200-year history. There was a 15% increase in revenues, boosting them to a record level of €776.8 million while adjusted EBITDA stood at an all-time Q1 high of €109.0 million (up 89%). Fast Forward 2020, Wienerberger’s performance optimization programme, contributed €15 million to the improvement in earnings. Read more.
Sandvik Creates First 3D Printed Diamond Composite
Sandvik Additive Manufacturing has created the first ever 3D printed diamond composite. This super-hard material can be 3D printed in highly complex shapes and can revolutionize the way industry uses diamond. The difference between Sandvik’s diamond and natural or synthetic diamond is that it’s a composite material. Most of the material is diamond, but to make it printable and dense it needs to be cemented in a very hard matrix material, keeping the most important physical properties of pure diamond. Find out 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 about Ceramics UK.
HarbisonWalker Scales Up Investments to Serve U.S. Steel Industry
HarbisonWalker International (HWI) recently announced it is responding to domestic steelmakers’ increased capacity and solving their refractory challenges through several new initiatives. Mirroring its steel customers’ investments to boost production capabilities and upgrade facilities, HWI is investing to increase capacity by 25% in 2019 at key steel refractory facilities. In fact, approximately 50% of HWI’s capital investment dollars will have a direct positive impact on its steel industry customers. Read more.
Fraunhofer IKTS Begins Work on Pilot Centre for Batteries and Membranes
The construction phase at the Hermsdorf site of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS has now begun with a ground-breaking ceremony. The pilot centre, which is funded by the federal government and the Free State of Thuringia with €5 million, is tailored to the requirements of complex research topics and an important link for future technology transfer. The build will be completed in June 2020. Find out more.
HP and Siemens Deepen Additive Manufacturing Alliance
HP and Siemens are expanding their strategic alliance to help customers transform their businesses with industrial additive manufacturing (AM). The companies will expand their integrated AM solution, incorporating new systems and software innovations including overall product lifecycle management (PLM), AM factory optimization, industrial 3D printing and data intelligence, manufacturing execution, and performance analytics. Find out more.
Inorganic Perovskite Absorbers for Thin-Film Solar Cells
A team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has succeeded in producing inorganic perovskite thin films at moderate temperatures using co-evaporation - making post-tempering at high temperatures unnecessary. The process makes it much easier to produce thin-film solar cells from this material. In comparison to metal-organic hybrid perovskites, inorganic perovskites are more thermally stable. Read more here.
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