Welcome to the September 2019 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.


KYOCERA and Ube Industries Form JV to Manufacture Ceramic Filters

Kyocera Corp and Ube Industries have signed a joint venture agreement to manufacture ceramic filters for 5G base stations. Under the agreement, Kyocera will acquire 51% of the shares of Ube Electronics Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ube Industries. Kyocera and Ube Industries will then establish a joint venture named Kyocera-Ube RF TEC Corporation, which will commence operations in December 2019. Read more.
 

Saint-Gobain Launches New Boron Nitride Coatings

Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials has launched its latest boron nitride (BN) products – CeraGlide™ BN coatings. These are composed of a high purity BN powder base paired with a high-temperature bond phase. Supplied in a liquid form suitable for brushing, CeraGlide can be diluted with water to spraying and dipping consistencies. The coatings aim to solve challenges related to lubrication, protection, and mould release, particularly under high temperature conditions. They are used to coat parts, launders, troughs, ladles, spoons etc. during operations such as casting, pressing, forging and extrusion. Find out more.
 

Meggitt Signs Contract with Chemring Australia PTY to Supply Advanced Heat Resistant Composites

Meggitt PLC, a leading international company specialising in high performance components and subsystems for the aerospace, defence, and selected energy markets, has signed a $16million contract with Chemring Australia Pty for the supply of flare countermeasure assemblies on the F35 fighter jet. This contract award further increases Meggitt content and scope on this world leading multirole combat aircraft. Read more.
 

Discovery Offers New Way to Coat Nuclear Materials

Argonne National Lab researchers have made a pivotal discovery by taking a technique originally developed for the semiconductor industry and using it as a way to coat nuclear materials. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) forms the basis of new methods to protect nuclear fuels and materials from direct exposure to the reactor’s hostile environment. In one set of experiments, Argonne scientists used ALD to deposit zirconium nitride as a coating directly over low-enriched uranium-molybdenum powders. The coating is thin enough to allow neutrons to penetrate, while shielding the fuel from degradation, generally from interaction with aluminium, a major constituent of a research reactor fuel system. Read more.
 

Cooperation Between China Rare Earth and Mitsuishi High Ceram

China Rare Earth Holdings (CRE), leading manufacturer of rare earth and refractory products, has signed a business and technology agreement with Mitsuishi High Ceram Co. This mainly concerns production of high-quality monolithic refractory materials and prefabricated parts. The total investment by CRE is approximately RMB 35 million and it is expected to be ready for operation in November this year. This will be a highly automated facility, requiring only four or five people to operate it. Read more.
 

Lucideon Announces 2020 Whitewares & Refractories Training Schedule

Lucideon, the materials technology company, has announced its whitewares and refractories training schedule for 2020. From materials selection, slip casting and drying and firing to refractories design, troubleshooting and tile manufacture, there are over twenty modules to choose from. Training can also be customized to suit business needs. The courses take place at Lucideon HQ in Stoke-on-Trent or can be held at a customer’s site. Interactive training via webinar is also available. Find out more.
 

GE and NASA Partner on $12 Million Programme to Advance Future of Electric Flight

GE says its world-leading silicon carbide (SiC) technology will deliver an ultra-compact, lightweight 1MW inverter to support electric flight and the aim is to shrink the inverter size to that of a compact suitcase. The project team is developing a next generation inverter that meets the size, power, efficiency and altitude requirements specified by NASA for flight applications. The inverter is a central component of an electric aircraft propulsion system that provides power to drive the electric motor. Read more.
 

DuPont Electronics & Imaging Divests Compound Semiconductor Solutions Business

DuPont Electronics & Imaging (E&I) has signed an agreement to sell its Compound Semiconductor Solutions (CSS) business to SK Siltron, a leading South Korean silicon wafer supplier to the semiconductor market. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2019, subject to customary regulatory approvals for closing. Find out more.
 

VitrA Increases Ceramic Sanitaryware Capacity at Bozüyük by 25%

VitrA's latest investment at its Bozüyük complex in Turkey has seen ceramic sanitaryware capacity there increase by 1.1 million units to 5.6 million units per annum. The TL 250 million investment, which was completed in two phases, has added 40,000m2 of new production space and created close to 500 new jobs. VitrA aims to increase its exports by €40 million in the period ahead. The company already accounts for more than half of all ceramic sanitaryware exports from Turkey. Read more.
 

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