Inside CI: What Is The "Data Book Companion"?

Ceramic Industry publishes two issues in July to give you the best of both worlds—a valuable reference tool and an information resource.

Those of you who have been loyal readers of Ceramic Industry for years have probably noticed that each July you receive two issues: one at the beginning of the month filled with the informative articles and information you’ve come to expect from Ceramic Industry, and the second several weeks later—a much weightier, 200-plus page Data Book & Buyers’ Guide dedicated to the equipment and materials suppliers that serve our industry. But why do we send you two issues?

Besides making sure that our staff stays busy and out of trouble, producing two issues allows us to provide a valuable service to Ceramic Industry readers. Our Data Book & Buyers’ Guide is a valuable reference that you can keep within easy reach and use all year long to specify materials, products and services. Suppliers are listed alphabetically, so that if you know who you’re looking for you can quickly and easily find their contact information. And if you’re looking for a specific product, the product index puts it right at your fingertips. Additionally, a reference section contains valuable graphs, charts and tables with the data you need to ensure product quality and consistency.

But we know you also rely on the practical, informative articles; industry and company news; and new product information found in each issue of Ceramic Industry. We publish two issues in July to give you the best of both worlds—a valuable reference tool and an information resource.

This year we’ve done something different by teaming the two issues to produce the Data Book & Buyers’ Guide and the Data Book Companion. When you receive the Data Book in a few weeks with a similar-looking cover, don’t panic—you haven’t gotten a duplicate issue. In fact, if you lay the two issues side by side, you’ll notice that the cover image actually stretches across them forming one longer image.

And this isn’t the only way in which the two issues complement each other. The articles inside this issue parallel the main topics listed in the Data Book. An article on materials discusses brown fused alumina production in China, where half the world’s output of BFA is now produced. An article on materials handling discusses the benefits of automation. The forming technique of tape casting is highlighted in an article by Richard E. Mistler, and Ronald H. Chand and Dr. Changsheng Guo team up to provide insights on machining technical ceramics for our finishing article. The Companion also features articles on decorating, drying/firing, refractories, instrumentation and professional services. (See “Inside this Issue” for page numbers.) Supplementary information for many of the articles can be found on Ceramic Industry’s website at

The ceramic industry is a very broad industry, and each of you faces different issues in your day-to-day operations. By covering such a wide range of topics in one issue, we hope that each reader will be able to find valuable information—information that will help you do your job better.

As always, we welcome your feedback. Please feel free to contact me at 248-244-1294; fax 248-244-6429; or e-mail

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