While traditional ceramics have been used for over 25,000 years, advanced ceramics have only been developed within the last 120. Advanced ceramics are also referred to as technical ceramics, high-performance ceramics, engineering ceramics, industrial ceramics or high-tech ceramics.
Advanced ceramics in a nutshell
These different terms cover various specialised ceramic materials with unique mechanical, electrical, thermal and biochemical properties and property combinations. In a nutshell, advanced ceramics are reinforced ceramic compounds with improved thermal, magnetic, optical, and electrical properties.
Advanced ceramics are often used when other materials reach their limits: in extreme temperatures, under enormous stress or current, and even in the human body. Technical ceramic materials stand out due to unique set of properties such as high resistance to corrosion, erosion and wear, electrical and thermal insulation at high temperatures and high heat resistance.
These unique characteristics can be further developed, optimised and matched for use in industrial applications. Technical ceramics are able to withstand harsh environments and are used in numerous applications requiring high corrosion and wear resistance, high erosion resistance, high temperature capability and low electrical conductivity.
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What’s the market for advanced ceramics?
The global advanced ceramics market is expected to see a considerable growth (around 7.9%) over the next decade to reach approximately $100 billion by 2025, according to a report by Research and Markets.
We’ve already covered the 5 areas of opportunity for advanced ceramics suppliers. Now let’s look at the top industries for new applications:
- automotive (insulation rings in brake callipers, valve plates in common rail injection systems)
- electronics (semiconductors, LED substrate fabrication, ultra-high frequency signal transmission)
- biotechnology (knee replacement elements, blanks for the production of crowns, bridges and implants in dentistry)
- environmental applications (wind turbines, photovoltaic systems, piezo-ceramic sensors)
- industrial manufacturing (pressure sensors, moving components for precision measuring machines, ceramic screws and bolds)
- metal processing and machining (protection tubes for temperature measurement, sliding blocks for heat treatment plants)
How to take advantage of these new opportunities?
Our latest white paper covers these topics and provides advice to ceramics suppliers. Download it now to stand out from your competitors: “Industry in Focus – Advanced Ceramics”.