The 2016 CI Top 12 is our fourth annual exclusive ranking of the leading worldwide manufacturers of advanced ceramics, glasses and refractories. This is my favorite feature every year because it highlights the amazing scope of the advanced ceramic and related industries.
Some of the cutting-edge technological developments that are made possible by advanced ceramics are truly breathtaking. Take aerospace applications, for example. NASA is planning a mission to Mars in 2020, which will include a device designed to determine if oxygen can be produced in-situ to facilitate a future manned mission to the Red Planet. Advanced ceramics could prove to be a key component to the success of the program.