Ceramic Industry

KYOCERA and Japan Medical Materials Open U.S. Design Center

February 18, 2011

Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp.’s Orthopedic Division has opened its new Orthopedic Design Center in Somerset, N.J., formed in collaboration with Japan Medical Materials Corp. (JMM), a Kyocera Group company. JMM was established in 2004 as a collaborative venture between the medical material divisions of Kyocera Corp. and Kobe Steel. Since 2008, Kyocera has served as the official North American sales arm for JMM, offering medical implant components used in total hip and total knee joint replacement systems.

The JMM Design Center will expand Kyocera’s relationships and partnerships in support of JMM’s implant and medical device business. The facility offers the extensive medical field experience and time-proven materials technologies of both companies.

“Kyocera and JMM offer material design expertise and specialized components to meet the stringent specifications and regulations governing medical devices,” said Ken Kaneko, JMM Design Center manager. “Our specialties include titanium; vanadium-free titanium alloy; and ceramics such as alumina, zirconia, and next-generation ceramics like zirconia-toughened alumina.”

Ceramic-based orthopedic implants are growing in demand due to rising awareness of the excellent wear-resistant properties of ceramic materials. Ceramic heads are expected to mate more smoothly with the polyethylene cup in hip and knee replacements, helping to prevent “wear debris.”

For additional details, visit http://global.kyocera.com.