Welcome to the May 2020 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.
GF, Kyocera, Kyudenko, and Tokyo Century Announce Opening of Solar Power Plant in Japan
GF Corporation, Kyocera Corporation, Kyudenko Corporation, and Tokyo Century Corporation announced that Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC, a solar power venture jointly established by the four companies, has started operating its "Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills Solar Power Plant" — the largest power plant in Kyushu*1 — with peak generating capacity of approximately 100 megawatts (MW). Find out more.
Lucideon and PCL Ceramics Join Forces
Lucideon, the materials and process consultancy, and PCL Ceramics, a market leader in the manufacture of high-pressure casting equipment, have joined forces to deliver new advances in processing across key market sectors. The two companies are preparing for the future and will be working together to provide more benefits for their respective customers, including an integrated and full service to the technical and traditional ceramics sectors. Read more.
Ceramics Expo 2020 Postponed
With the ongoing uncertainty around mass gathering events, the 2020 edition of Ceramics Expo has been postponed to 3-5 May 2021. In the meantime, the team will be launching Ceramics Expo Connect, a way for exhibitors and visitors to share, discover, learn and stay connected. The inaugural event will take place in September 2020. Find out more.
New Study Looks at Understanding the Ceramic 'Mortar' of Materials
A new study by materials science engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison shows that in the important ceramic material silicon carbide, carbon atoms collect at those grain boundaries when the material is exposed to radiation. The finding could help engineers better understand the properties of ceramics and could aid in fine-tuning a new generation of ceramic materials. Read more.
Supercomputers Reveal True Strengths of Some Zirconia Ceramics
Researchers from the Colorado School of Mines have been using multiple supercomputers – Comet at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Stampede2 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), and Bridges at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) – to study certain characteristics of zirconia. The study focused on creating supercomputer simulations that show zirconia-based ceramic’s ability to withstand harsh conditions as well as the extreme limits of fracture and fatigue. Find out more.
Ceramics UK to Take Place in December 2020
Due to the ongoing and developing situation regarding COVID-19, Event Partners, the show organisers, have made the decision to move The Advanced Materials Show and Ceramics UK and their co-located events Battery Cells & Systems Expo and Vehicle Electrification Expo to 2nd & 3rd December 2020. Find out more.
Sibelco Completes Acquisition of Ukrainian Clay Producers
Sibelco has formally completed the acquisition of Ukrainian clay producers Euromineral LLC and Kurdyumovsky Plant PrJSC, located in the Donetsk region. The companies are now officially part of Sibelco and the business will be steered by Sibelco’s Tiles, Engobes and Engineered Stone business line. This acquisition will augment Sibelco’s sustainability profile, reserves and mining life in Ukrainian clay, an important raw material for worldwide production of porcelain tiles. Read more.
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