The ceramic powder market is facing the same old challenges as it directly follows the demand for ceramic parts. Market pressures include the increasing use of plastics, glass, intermetallics and newer alloys.
Imagine a glass window that’s tough like armor, a camera lens that doesn’t get scratched in a sand storm, or a smartphone screen that doesn’t break when dropped. Except it’s not glass; it’s a special spinel that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been researching over the last 10 years.
Centorr Vacuum Industries (CVI) recently announced it has shipped orders for two high-temperature sintering furnaces to a leading China-based firm in the production of aluminum nitride (AlN) substrates for the LED market.