Research and development (R&D) is a key driver for growth in the ceramic, glass, refractories, brick and related industries. Any company that does not innovate is almost sure to stagnate and eventually lose ground to more forward-thinking competitors. This issue includes our annual R&D Directory to help manufacturers find the best supplier partners for their specific research and development efforts.
In April 2016, Kyocera International Inc. began a $10 million expansion project for its Vancouver, Wash., manufacturing facility, increasing the existing 40,000-sq-ft space by 45% to 58,000 sq ft. Originally built in 1992 as a R&D center for advanced ceramic materials, the location now produces high-value-added engineered ceramic components for structural, functional and mechanical applications on a custom order basis.
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.