Within the defense industry, advanced ceramics are at the heart of modern armor systems due to their comparatively low weight and high performance during ballistic-scale impacts. Ceramic materials have been developed as an armor material since World War I, when enameling of steel plates was shown to improve their resistance to incoming bullets.
Welcome to our annual look at key raw and manufactured materials used in the ceramic, glass, refractories, brick, and related industries. Here you’ll find production and import/export information, as well as details regarding applications and future trends.
We begin each New Year with a strong focus on raw and manufactured materials in our annual Materials Handbook issue. An Address Index for key suppliers* is included, while materials and their definitions/descriptions are listed alphabetically.
Source suppliers of raw and manufactured materials ranging from abrasives to ZTA!
January 3, 2017
Our annual Materials Handbook is a raw/manufactured materials reference and buyers’ resource that provides product definitions and application/use information, along with supplier* details. Use this guide as a reference tool and a handy way to find suppliers throughout the year.
A new low-energy tunnel kiln concept has been developed to help ceramic manufacturers minimize energy and investment costs while improving production flexibility and product quality.* The basic principle of the kiln is that the firing chamber has four fixed sides: two walls, one roof and one bottom (hearth). The products, their supports and the moving media are all completely immersed in the firing chamber and are therefore always at the same temperature.