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Advanced ceramic demand in the US is projected to increase 6.2 percent per year from 2009 to $12.2 billion in 2014. Gains will be spurred by a recovery in the economy and manufacturing activity from the current downturn.
Monolithic ceramic demand is forecast to rise 5.9 percent annually through 2014 to $10.4 billion, remaining the dominant product segment. Growth will benefit from strong advances in applications such as membranes and medical.
Ceramic matrix composite (CMC) demand is expected to grow 7.9 percent per year through 2014 to $535 million, the fastest pace of any product segment. Advances will derive from the increased use of CMCs in extreme environment applications where the enhanced strength and durability of these materials provide performance advantages.
Advanced ceramic demand in the electronic component market is forecast to rise 4.8 percent per year through 2014 to $3.2 billion, remaining the leading advanced ceramic market. Gains will be stimulated by a rebound in electronic component production from the declines of the historical period.
Advanced ceramic demand in the transportation equipment market is forecast to advance 9.9 percent per year through 2014 to $1.6 billion, the fastest pace of any market segment. Gains will be spurred by increased shipments of aerospace equipment, stricter emission standards on diesel engines and a rebound in motor vehicle production from a low 2009 base.
Among the leading suppliers of advanced ceramics to the US market in 2009 were Kyocera (Japan), Ceradyne and CoorsTek.
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0 11. demand benefited from rising manufacturers’ shipments and increased requirements for military armor. motor vehicles.1 percent in 2002.0 4. As the use of advanced ceramics has continued to expand.4
Source: The Freedonia Group. advanced ceramic demand experienced a sharp decline in 2009 as a recession that began in December 2007 adversely impacted manufacturers’ shipments. Between 2003 and 2008. Furthermore.4 -12. Inc. due primarily to increases in raw material costs.3 -6. Demand is highly sensitive to conditions in the macroeconomy because original equipment manufacturer markets for products produced from advanced ceramics (e. Higher prices.
Advanced Ceramic Demand Trends
12 10 8 6 -5% 4 2 0 -10% -15% -20% 15% 10% 5% 0%
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Demand Annual % (mil $) Growth
8200 9050 7940 7465 7765 8130 8625 9400 10460 10700 9050 10. industrial machinery.
.. driving down demand for advanced ceramics.0 4.g.1 9.7 6. aerospace equipment.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group.3 -15.7 percent in 2001 and an additional 10. the importance of the electronic component market has been reduced.2 percent per year from 2004 to $9. which had a negative impact on manufacturing activity and demand for advanced ceramic products. In March 2001.1 billion in 2009. further promoted market value gains. the US economy entered into a recession.ADVANCED CERAMICS
Advanced ceramic demand in the US grew 2. However. and electrical and electronic equipment) tend to be highly cyclical. shipments of electronic components (the largest market for advanced ceramics) fell 25. Inc.3 2.
1 percent per year from 2004 to $7. improved resistance to heat and chemicals.1 billion)
Ceramic Coatings 9. exhibiting greater hardness. As such. Inc. traditional ceramic products (e. considerable machining (cutting. However. shape and contour.
Monolithic Ceramics: Monolithic ceramic demand advanced 2. Inc.
Advanced Ceramic Demand by Product.0%
Electrical & Electronic Parts
Catalyst Supports Other Monolithic
Source: The Freedonia Group. ceramic coatings and ceramic matrix composites (CMCs).
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. because of shrinkage during firing and the inherent difficulties in casting complex shapes.5% Ceramic Matrix Composites 4. In 2009. electrical and electronic parts accounted for over half of total monolithic ceramic product demand. flooring and wall tiles. advanced ceramic products are defined as: monolithic ceramics..5% Monolithic Ceramics 86.1 billion. 2009 ($9. whiteware.8 billion in 2009. Advanced ceramics are defined as higher value-added materials than traditional ceramics. pottery and china) are excluded.g.
.2 percent annually between 2004 and 2009 to $9.ADVANCED CERAMICS
Demand for advanced ceramics in the US expanded 2. Monolithic ceramic products consist entirely of ceramic powders that have been formed and fired to create the desired product. For the purposes of this report. and lower thermal and electrical conductivity. grinding and polishing) is generally required to yield products with the necessary size.
although other ceramics (such as cordierites.ADVANCED CERAMICS Electrical & Electronic Parts: Advanced monolithic ceramic demand in electrical and electronic parts rose 0.2 percent annually during the 2004-2009 period to $4. and large surface area.2 percent per year between 2004 and 2009 to $2. wear parts. Among the fastest growing applications is the production of piezoelectric components. titanates and zirconates) are also employed. converting electrical power into mechanical motion or vice-versa. Ceramics have evolved as the primary support material for metal catalysts due to their high porosity.
Other Monolithic Ceramics: Demand for all other monolithic ceramics. ability to tolerate high temperatures and corrosive chemicals. integrated circuits and capacitors being the most important) and electrical products (such as insulators and permanent magnets). Advanced ceramic supports are utilized in catalytic systems for emission control. although there are also polymeric components that perform the same functions. Likewise. expanded 6. as an aggregate. the basic function is to provide structural support and high surface area for a metal catalyst. Ceramics are integral materials in a number of electronic devices (semiconductors. chemical synthesis. Piezoelectrics have the capability to act as transducers. Although there are a number of applications for ceramic catalyst supports. Piezoelectric ceramics generally consist of lead zirconate titanate. in most electrical applications. In electronics.
.4 billion in 2009 after annual growth of 1. The most widely used ceramic material in the manufacture of catalyst supports is alumina.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. ceramics act as insulators due to their electrical and thermal nonconductivity. body armor. polymer production and petroleum refining.9 percent from 2004.3 billion.
Catalyst Supports: Demand for advanced monolithic ceramics as catalyst supports reached $1. Inc. Other monolithic ceramic products include filters.1 billion. Ceramics make up the majority of the piezoelectric devices in use. the electrical and physical properties of ceramics make them ideal for use as dielectric substrates upon which the active semiconductor or circuit is built.
usually fibers or whiskers -. Among the leading ceramic coating applications in 2009 were engine parts. Ceramic Matrix Composites: CMC demand advanced 3. fueled the need for personal ballistic protection.7 percent per year from 2004 to $365 million in 2009. corrosion and temperature.ADVANCED CERAMICS engine parts.4 percent per year during the 2004-2009 period to $860 million. cutting tools and wear parts. Body armor experienced the fastest growth (at 27.. Ceramic Coatings: Demand for ceramic coatings grew 2. Inc.2 percent annually) of any advanced ceramic product during the 2004-2009 period.were added to a ceramic matrix to form a toughened CMC. metal alloys or monolithic ceramics. Military conflicts in the Middle East (i. where monolithic ceramics are suitable for use in dental and orthopedic implants due to their hardness. silicon carbide.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. and cutting tools. cutting tools and bioceramics. where troops came in close contact with the enemy. membranes. ceramic reinforcements -. titanium and zirconia.e. Typical ceramic coating materials include ceramics based on alumina. CMCs were developed to provide enhanced toughness to monolithic ceramics. Major markets for CMCs include industrial machinery and transportation equipment in applications such as wear and engine parts. Filters (the leading product in this subsegment in 2009 with 22 percent of demand) include pollution control and process types. As such. Because it is difficult to mold monolithic ceramics into complex shapes. In addition to body armor. Afghanistan and Iraq). The coating provides improved resistance to wear. smoothness and biocompatibility characteristics. other monolithic ceramic products that experienced rapid growth between 2004 and 2009 were membranes (which are most commonly used in either microfiltration or ultrafiltration applications) and bioceramics. which can be easily damaged because of their known brittleness. Ceramic coatings consist of a thin layer of ceramic material that is deposited in a molten state on a substrate of metal. ceramic coatings are used in a variety of applications where the production of monolithic ceramics would be cost prohibitive.
inductors. In 2009. klystrons.
Electronic Component Market: Demand for advanced ceramics in the electronic component market decreased 0.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. Inc. The electrical. 2009 ($9. silicon carbide.2 percent per year during the 2004-2009 period to $9. Products that utilize advanced ceramics include semiconductors and integrated circuit packages (which accounted for the largest share of segment demand in 2009).7 percent per year from 2004 to $2. such as those utilized in the assembly of various equipment (e. Advanced ceramic materials employed in electronic components include alumina. resonators.0%
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Advanced Ceramic Demand by Market. and other components (e.1 billion)
27.g.5 billion in 2009. motor vehicles and aerospace equipment).g. electrical equipment.0% 29. Inc. industrial machinery and transportation equipment accounted for the majority of demand.1 billion. This market encompasses all advanced ceramics used in the production of electronic components. magnetrons. aluminum nitride and boron nitride. electronic components.5% 11. silicon nitride. connectors and traveling wave tubes).. ferrites. thermal and hardness characteristics of advanced ceramic materials make them suitable for many uses.7%
Electronic Components Electrical Equipment Industrial Machinery Transportation Equipment Other
Demand for advanced ceramics in the US increased 2. capacitors.
Transportation Equipment Market: Advanced ceramic demand in the transportation equipment market declined 1.8 percent per year between 2004 and 2009 to $1. Other applications include wiring systems. advanced ceramics are used in the production of products that include wear parts (e. bearings.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. environmental.g.ADVANCED CERAMICS Electrical Equipment Market: Advanced ceramic demand in the electrical equipment market reached $1. aerospace equipment. Other Markets: Demand for advanced ceramics in all other markets. The body armor market experienced the fastest growth of any market during the 2004-2009 period.3 billion. where advanced ceramics primarily find use as catalysts. with smaller volume applications that include filters and membranes. igniters. Among the leading applications for advanced ceramics in the electrical equipment market in 2009 are insulators and permanent magnets.6 percent annually from 2004 to $995 million in 2009.7 billion in 2009 based on annual increases of 6. The hardness characteristics of advanced ceramics make them vital to this market. with other applications being catalytic converters.. trains. and military planes and ground vehicles.
. diesel particulate emission filters and ballistic armor. seals and valves. heat shielding components and seals. medical products. heating elements.6 billion in 2009 after annual gains of 1. In 2009. and food and beverage preparation. such as those instances where electrical equipment is utilized in the assembly of various machinery and transportation equipment.8 percent from 2004. In machinery.8 percent from 2004. due primarily to strong requirements of soldiers in military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Other markets include chemical and plastic. dies. as an aggregate. Inc. ships. All uses of advanced ceramics are included in this market. body armor. wire guides and pulleys) and cutting tools (such as tools and inserts for metal cutting and forming machinery). chemical and plastic was the leading subsegment. This market includes motor vehicles. Industrial Machinery Market: Demand for advanced ceramics in the industrial machinery market grew 3. where they compete primarily with metals. Advanced ceramics primarily find use in engine components. reached $2.
Inc. The common thread among oxides is the presence of oxygen in conjunction with the base mineral element. Inc. ferrite and other ceramic types... all of which contain titanium. carbides (such as boron carbide. For example.
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Advanced Ceramic Demand by Material. alumina (i. aluminum oxide) was the leading type of advanced ceramic. In 2009. boron nitride and silicon nitride) utilize nitrogen. Non-oxides utilize an element other than oxygen in their manufacture.ADVANCED CERAMICS
Advanced ceramic demand advanced 2. 2009 ($9.g. aluminum nitride. titanium carbide and tungsten carbide) have a carbon constituent..2 percent annually between 2004 and 2009 to $9.1 billion)
Titanate 19% Ferrite 10% Other Types 32%
Source: The Freedonia Group. such as in zirconia and oxygen to form zirconium. beryllia and zirconate) and non-oxides (such as carbides and nitrides). while nitrides (e.g.
. silicon carbide. and electrical insulation. followed by titanate.e. such as resistance to high temperatures. There are two types of ferrite ceramics -. Alumina use benefits from the material’s relatively low cost and favorable performance characteristics.hard ferrites (which are permanently magnetized) and soft ferrites (which are temporarily magnetic). Titanate ceramics are manufactured from the combination of a variety of ceramic powders.1 billion. There are two major families of advanced ceramics: oxides (e. alumina.
in August 2009.ADVANCED CERAMICS
Regulatory & Environmental Factors
In general. as in diesel engines and fossil-fueled electric power plants. thus reducing the prospect of waste disposal problems. With respect to the manufacture of advanced ceramics. ceramic filters and membranes are used to remove pollutants from aqueous waste streams in water treatment facilities and remove particulate contaminants from gaseous emissions.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. Tier 4 emission requirements for motor vehicle diesel engines are scheduled to take effect in 2010 to further cut the amounts of particulates and nitrogen oxides emitted by diesel engines. which is the first ceramic-on-metal hip bearing that is approved in the US. In addition to environmental regulations. For example. potassium titanate ceramics. The Environmental Protection Agency has been phasing in regulations designed to reduce emissions from diesel engines of all types. For example. the process is largely benign. which are often manufactured in whisker or fiber form. The extension of these regulations to cover diesel engines has sparked demand for diesel particulate filters and other emission control devices. There are also health concerns about the inhalation of beryllia ceramic particulates. do pose inhalation risks to workers who are in constant proximity. The passage of clean air and water legislation (such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act) has increased demand for advanced ceramics used in membranes and filters. For example. this is not universally true. the advanced ceramic industry is impacted by other regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). regulatory and environmental forces have played a positive role with respect to overall advanced ceramic demand. both mobile and stationary. For example. The largest factor by far has been the passage of legislation requiring the use of catalytic converters on automobiles. using minerals that tend to be radiologically and chemically inert. Inc. These devices contain ceramic catalyst supports on which the active catalyst resides. However. the FDA’s Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Advisory Committee unanimously recommended the approval of Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary’s PINNACLE COMPLETE system.
military activity..7 4.g.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group.0 4. Other factors that impact advanced ceramic demand include population levels.0 2.7 4.9 0.1 1.3 4.2 5320 2525 2795
3. Inc. markets for advanced ceramics are also impacted by technological innovation. Multinational dynamics create both threats (e. pricing trends.5
Source: The Freedonia Group. the manufacturing sector affects demand because advanced ceramics are utilized in the production of numerous products such as electronic components. chemicals and plastics.
Key Indicators for Advanced Ceramics
% Annual Growth Item
Gross Domestic Product Personal Consumption Expenditures Resident Population (million) Manufacturers' Shipments Durable Goods Nondurable Goods
11868 8285 293.g.0 4106 2160 1946
14250 10090 307.9
4. steel and titanium). aircraft and motor vehicles.9 5.. Inc. as advanced ceramics replace other materials and new applications are developed.0 0. electrical equipment.0 4195 1950 2245
17900 12310 322.ADVANCED CERAMICS
INDUSTRY TRENDS & FORECASTS
Demand for advanced ceramics is impacted by the overall performance of the economy. Beyond economic factors. competition with foreign-based producers) and opportunities (the opening up of offshore markets) for US-based vendors of advanced ceramic products and advanced ceramic-using products and systems. In particular. regulatory and environmental issues. and competition from alternative materials (e. industrial machinery.4 -2.
including fuel tank sensors for motor vehicles. but also in the developing area of micromachines. Gains will be fueled by a rebound in the production of electronic and electrical products from the declines of the 20042009 period. however. Inc.
. In addition.5 percent per year during the 2009-2014 period to $5. CMCs and ceramic coatings will achieve more rapid gains through 2014. transducers for security sensors and components for electric motors. demand will be driven by a recovery in the production of many monolithic ceramic using products (such as electronic and electrical products. not only in the aforementioned applications.9 percent annually between 2009 and 2014 to $10. due primarily to their favorable performance characteristics (such as enhanced strength and durability).2 percent per year from 2009 to $12.2 billion in 2014. However. where small piezoelectrics could provide motive power. competition from ceramic coatings and CMCs will continue to rise. Monolithic Ceramics: Monolithic ceramic demand is forecast to rise 5.4 billion. In addition. and motor vehicles) from the low levels of 2009. Further promoting gains will be rising demand for products such as insulators and permanent magnets. machinery. However. Monolithic ceramics will continue to dominate advanced ceramics demand. The leading consumer of piezoceramics has historically been the US military. lower requirements for body armor will restrain additional aggregate gains. piezoceramics are increasingly moving into commercial applications.ADVANCED CERAMICS
Advanced ceramic demand in the US is projected to increase 6.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. In addition. remaining the dominant product segment. Gains will benefit from strong growth in applications such as membranes and medical. there is considerable potential for growth in piezoelectric devices. Electrical & Electronic Parts: Demand for advanced monolithic ceramic electrical and electronic parts is expected to expand 5. In addition. demand will be driven by expansion in the use of electronic components in motor vehicles and machinery.4 billion.
Demand for ceramic coatings in engine part applications will be stimulated by rising growth in the manufacture of aerospace equipment and a rebound in motor vehicle production.2 billion in 2014.ADVANCED CERAMICS Catalyst Supports: Demand for advanced monolithic ceramics as catalyst supports is projected to reach $1. significantly lowering body armor requirements.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. with demand growing 15. with gains boosted by strong demand for advanced ceramics in particulate reduction filters for use on diesel engines.9 billion in 2014 after annual increases of 6. is forecast to advance 6. Monolithic bioceramics are projected to continue to experience rapid growth through 2014 as an aging population will boost the demand for monolithic ceramics in implantable devices (such as hip replacement systems and dental implants). as an aggregate. Inc. Over the forecast period. which will require ceramic catalyst supports in process catalysts.7 percent annually from 2009 to $1. however. this application has reached maturity (all cars now include these devices). Gains will be driven by ceramics’ performance advantages. Gains in catalytic converter applications will benefit from rebounding motor vehicle production.2 percent per year through 2014 to $3. Ceramic Coatings: Ceramic coating demand is expected to expand 7. However. In addition. filters will remain the leading product in this subsegment.1 billion.
.6 percent from 2009.9 percent annually. Between 2009 and 2014. Monolithic ceramic demand in wear part applications will be fueled by rising industrial machinery and motor vehicle production. such as tolerance of high temperatures and harsh chemicals. emphasis on improving the safety of US troops will continue to provide opportunities for body armor through 2014. Other Monolithic Ceramics: Demand for all other monolithic ceramics. Growth will benefit from expanding chemical and plastic production. Demand for monolithic ceramic body armor is expected to decline rapidly over the forecast period due to plans to draw down troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan. limiting further growth. membranes is expected to be the fastest growing monolithic ceramic product.
Inc. where the enhanced strength and durability of these ceramics provide performance advantages. Ceramic Matrix Composites: Demand for CMCs is projected to grow 7.6 6. Other potential growth applications include building insulation.9 5.2 5.
.2 7. anti-corrosion and fire protection coatings. An acceleration in transportation equipment production through 2014 will fuel CMC demand in engine part applications.1 0.9 6. Gains will derive from the increased use of CMCs in a variety of extreme environment applications (such as ball bearings for corrosive and high temperature environments).2 1. Carbon nanotubes are also finding greater use as reinforcements in the production of CMCs due to their ability to significantly increase the breaking resistance of CMCs.9 percent per year during the 2009-2014 period to $535 million.7
Source: The Freedonia Group.2 2.7 7. further boosting demand over the forecast period. Inc.2 2. ceramic coating demand will be spurred by their ability to provide superior protection against corrosion and wear. and nanocrystalline ceramic coatings.ADVANCED CERAMICS the wider use of ceramic coatings on cutting tools to boost tool life will aid growth.5 6. In wear part applications.
Advanced Ceramic Demand by Product
% Annual Growth Item
Advanced Ceramic Demand Monolithic Ceramics Electrical & Electronic Parts Catalyst Supports Other Monolithic Ceramic Coatings Ceramic Matrix Composites
8130 7060 4075 1275 1710 765 305
9050 7825 4120 1400 2305 860 365
12200 10420 5380 1925 3115 1245 535
2. the fastest pace of any product segment.
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the continued move toward miniaturization will provide opportunities because advanced ceramics are among the preferred materials for use in extreme environments. In addition. Gains will accelerate as compared to the 2004-2009 period due to a recovery in the economy and manufacturing activity from the current downturn. remaining the leading advanced ceramic market. Ceramics’ use will continue to
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Demand for advanced ceramics in the US is projected to grow 6. orthopedic joint implants and membranes) where they are valued for their favorable performance characteristics. Advanced ceramics used in permanent magnets will be boosted by increased demand for small electric motors due to expanding production of appliances and motor vehicles. Electrical Equipment Market: Advanced ceramic demand in the electrical equipment market is expected to increase 6. the environment of a component becomes more extreme as the size of the component decreases).0 percent from 2009.2 billion.8 percent per year through 2014 to $3.2 billion in 2014. cutting tools. In addition. advanced ceramics will continue to penetrate applications (such as capacitors. Inc.4 percent annually from 2009 to $2.8 billion in 2014 after annual growth of 7. such as high performance and high temperatures (in general. Industrial Machinery Market: Demand for advanced ceramics in the industrial machinery market is projected to reach $1. Electronic Component Market: Demand for advanced ceramics in the electronic component market is forecast to rise 4. Demand for advanced ceramics in electrical insulators will be aided by advances in the installation and maintenance of power transmission equipment.2 billion.2 percent per year between 2009 and 2014 to $12. Advances will be spurred by an acceleration in machinery production over the forecast period. Growth will benefit from rising electrical equipment production levels. Gains will be stimulated by a rebound in electronic component production from the declines of the historical period.
0 9.4 percent annually) due to rising demand for ceramics in joint implants and dental procedures.ADVANCED CERAMICS rise in various industrial machinery wear parts and cutting tools as end users take advantage of the enhanced durability of these materials.8 3.8 -1. the fastest pace of any market segment.8
6. stricter emission standards on diesel engines and a rebound in motor vehicle production from a low 2009 base. Through 2014. Gains will be spurred by increased shipments of aerospace equipment.2 -0.4 7.6 billion. additional gains will be limited by an expected slowdown in the production of armored vehicles and aircraft due to a deceleration in national defense expenditures. with demand benefiting from rising plastic and chemical manufacturing activities. Medical products are projected to post the most rapid gains in this segment (with demand rising 9. Transportation Equipment Market: Advanced ceramic demand in the transportation equipment market is forecast to expand 9.
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.2 4.7 1.3 percent annually during the 2009-2014 period to $3.6 6.3
Source: The Freedonia Group. is expected to expand 5. Inc. as an aggregate.5 billion. Other Markets: Demand for advanced ceramics in all other markets.
Advanced Ceramic Demand by Market
% Annual Growth Item
Advanced Ceramic Demand Electronic Components Electrical Equipment Industrial Machinery Transportation Equipment Other
8130 2605 1470 1050 1080 1925
9050 2510 1610 1265 995 2670
12200 3180 2200 1775 1595 3450
2. Inc. chemical and plastic will remain the leading subsegment. Through 2014.
For example. rather than a dedicated ceramic producer. it is a major factor.ADVANCED CERAMICS
The US advanced ceramic industry includes firms ranging from relatively small producers that specialize in a few product lines to multinational conglomerates with a broad range of products. BAE Systems (United Kingdom) completed its acquisition of Advanced Ceramics Research. in June 2009. Saint-Gobain (France) and Vishay Intertechnology.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. and technical expertise over a broad range of industries and applications are the most likely to emerge as industry leaders. the resources to operate on a worldwide basis. For example. companies that have economies of scale. Among the leading suppliers of advanced ceramics to the US market in 2009 were Kyocera (Japan). and to gain access to new technologies. Overall. Inc. Ceradyne and CoorsTek. a producer of ceramic products for military and commercial aerospace applications. convincing customers to make decisions to switch to new advanced ceramic materials can be difficult. Murata Manufacturing (Japan). which are generally inexpensive. not so much because of the cost of raw materials. Acquisitions are conducted to expand a company’s product lines and geographic markets. However. Other suppliers included Corning. Manufacturing costs can also be significant. Smaller companies can also compete by specializing in a limited number of product lines. especially in applications where the brittleness of ceramics has historically been a significant hurdle to overcome.
. in the area of ceramic membranes and filters. In addition. Barriers to entry are relatively high in the industry. Pall is primarily a filtration and water treatment technology company. as the machinery and equipment needed to form and finish advanced ceramic products can be very expensive. but rather due to the potentially significant research and development costs needed to develop new applications and products in order to remain competitive. NGK Insulators (Japan).
515. the segment manufactures and sells these products through the Kyocera America subsidiary. and seal.2 billion.0 billion were in the US.co.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. which manufactures fine ceramics and other products for automotive and industrial applications. Inc.avx. AVX’s products include multilayer ceramic capacitors and other passive ceramic components. manufactures electronic components and devices for the communication and information sectors. In the US. which had FY 2009 sales of $614 million. The Electronic Device Group segment. of which $2. the company is the largest producer of ceramic semiconductor packaging in North America. (NYSE: KYO) (TSE: 6971) 6 Takeda Tobadono-cho Fushimi-ku. which had FY 2009 sales of $1.kyocera.jp AVX Corporation 801 17th Avenue South Myrtle Beach. Kyocera’s Semiconductor Parts Group segment. a leading supplier of advanced ceramics to the US market in 2009. pump and valve components.49-percent owned by Kyocera. produces a wide range of components and fine ceramic products primarily for the electronics industry. Kyocera participates in the US advanced ceramic industry via its Fine Ceramic Parts Group. and employed 59. In FY 2009.
. Specific ceramic products include cutting tools.com
Kyocera. which had FY 2009 sales of $2. produces ceramic and organic packages for semiconductor and other electronic components. Semiconductor Parts Group and Electronic Device Group segments. produces products from ceramic materials such as silicon nitride.3 billion.ADVANCED CERAMICS
Kyocera Corp. a subsidiary that is 71. silicon carbide. According to Kyocera America. zirconia and alumina. The segment includes the operations of AVX. SC 29578 843-448-9411 www. The segment includes the operations of the Kyocera Industrial Ceramics subsidiary. engine and gas turbine parts.3 billion. Kyocera had sales of $11. thin film substrates. semiconductor wafer processing products. Kyoto 612-8501 Japan 81-75-604-3500 www. The Fine Ceramic Parts Group segment.
orthodontic brackets. The Semicon Associates segment had 2009 sales of $7. silicon nitride. bearings. tempering rolls for flat glass furnaces.1 million and offers ceramic powders and components such as TETRABOR boron carbide and BORONID boron nitride powders. titanium diboride. which had 2009 sales of $66. Through these segments. Many of these materials are offered under the CERALLOY brand name. Ceradyne’s Advanced Ceramic Operations segment had 2009 sales of $214. of which $264. is engaged in the production and marketing of advanced technical ceramic products. the company manufactures a range of advanced ceramic products that are produced from ceramic materials such as aluminum oxide. yttrium oxide. and wear and engine parts. and ceramic missile radomes. In 2009. defense.1 million. aircraft and vehicle protection. ESK Ceramics. produces fused silica ceramic components for industrial applications. aluminum nitride.1 million and manufactures ceramic products that include lightweight armor. and employed 2. silicon carbide. Ceradyne participates in the US advanced ceramic industry via its Advanced Ceramic Operations.6 million.7 million and manufactures products that include ceramicimpregnated dispenser cathodes and samarium cobalt magnets.040.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. Semicon Associates and Thermo Materials segments.ceradyne. a leading supplier of advanced ceramics to the US market in 2009. boron carbide and particulate composites. Specific products include DEFENDER ceramic armor for applications such as body.ADVANCED CERAMICS Ceradyne Incorporated (NASDAQ: CRDN) 3169 Red Hill Avenue Costa Mesa.com Ceradyne. In 2009. powders and components for industrial.8 million were in the US. ESK Ceramics had sales of $105. Ceradyne had sales of $400.
. Inc. commercial and motor vehicle applications. CA 92626 714-549-0421 www. The Thermo Materials segment. including crucibles used to produce polycrystalline silicon solar cells.
electronics and other industries. a leading supplier of advanced ceramics to the US market in 2009. zirconia and alumina/zirconia composites. medical. alumina and silicon carbide varieties. Alumina ceramics include PLASMAPURE varieties. Among the company’s ceramics are alumina. automotive. is a privately held integrated manufacturer of ceramics and other advanced materials and related components for the semiconductor. In addition. In November 2009.g.
. hip. CoorsTek and Innovate! Technology formed a joint venture called EmiSense Technologies. which are designed for electronic and semiconductor end uses.coorstek.ADVANCED CERAMICS CoorsTek Incorporated 16000 Table Mountain Parkway Golden. semiconductor and optical applications. carbide and electrostatic discharge (ESD)-safe types. which produces implantable ceramic medical components (e. Carbide ceramics include PURE SIC silicon carbide for extreme wear and semiconductor wafer manufacturing applications.
© 2010 by The Freedonia Group. power generation. which are engineered to offer high corrosion resistance and low sodium content. CO 80403 303-271-7000 www. In 2009. which will utilize ceramics in the production of smart emission sensors. zirconia. In addition. CoorsTek offers PLASMAPURE-UC ultra-pure alumina ceramic materials. CoorsTek also offers CERAPURE ceramic components for medical device applications and CERASHIELD ceramic armor components. CoorsTek had sales of approximately $400 million and employed 2. which features high strength. and fracture and fatigue resistance. are available in zirconia. the company is involved in the industry through the C5 Medical Werks subsidiary. and are typically used in extreme-duty semiconductor applications. Zirconia ceramics include DURA-Z partially stabilized zirconia.360. which are designed for use in electronic. aerospace. CoorsTek participates in the US advanced ceramic industry through the production of high-purity technical ceramics and related components.. spinal and dental) from materials such as alumina. STATSAFE ESD-safe ceramics. Inc.com CoorsTek.
ngk.baesystems.com NGK Insulators (TSE: 5333) www.com Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE: VSH) www.ADVANCED CERAMICS
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BAE Systems (LSE: BA) www.vishay.corning.com Murata Manufacturing (TSE: 6981) www.murata.com
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.jp Pall (NYSE: PLL) www.com Corning (NYSE: GLW) www.
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