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CeramTec intensifies its development of high-performance ceramics

Minister of Economic Affairs Ernst Pfister guest at the opening of the new technological institute

Ernst Pfister performs the drop test under supervision from Dr. Jaschinski
Ernst Pfister performs the drop test under supervision
from Dr. Jaschinski

On Monday, November 10th, 2008 CeramTec AG’s new technological institute was opened in the presence of the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Economic Affairs, Ernst Pfister, and the Mayor of Plochingen, Frank Buß. The technological institute will be used for new and further development of high-performance ceramics based on oxide and nitride materials and will help secure CeramTec AG's continued competitiveness and technological leadership in the future.

In a short speech, Ernst Pfister emphasized the importance of innovation, which generates and gives a competitive advantage to industries in Baden-Württemberg and Germany – especially over competitor companies in the Far East. These kinds of institutes develop and create innovative concepts said Pfister, praising CeramTec's investment in promoting technological advancement. In a drop test the minister was able to see for himself the strength of a ceramic ball compared to steel.

Mr. Müller, Dr. Jaschinski, Mr. Pfister, Dr. Zimmermann and the new Mayor of Plochingen, Mr. Buß, open the center..
Mr. Müller, Dr. Jaschinski, Mr. Pfister, Dr. Zimmermann and
the new Mayor of Plochingen, Mr. Buß, open the center...

Dr. Wolfgang Jaschinski, Head of Development Dept., thanked his staff and all those involved in setting up the institute in an opening speech. The new institute pools together systems and equipment that had until now been spread around in various rooms and buildings. Focusing the technology at one location will optimize the development processes of ceramic materials and products from the raw material preparation, design, and sintering to the finishing processes, and will also enhance the communication between individual development staff members. Fifty staff members are employed at the Development Dept. in Plochingen and around 70 work in development throughout Germany. Work will be carried out on new processes for developing high-performance ceramics as well as research into new material compositions at the new 200 sqm technological institute. The institute will produce laboratory-scale prototypes that are tailored to specific requirements.

...and get an impressive demonstration of the various systems and equipment
...and get an impressive demonstration of the various systems
and equipment

According to Dr. Wolfgang Jaschinski, once all the criteria have been met for the materials, work will then start on serial production which will be performed in close collaboration with the business division. He went on to explain that the materials developed here help to secure and extend current business activity, open new opportunities and are ultimately the basis for CeramTec AG's successful products. Included here are ceramic ball heads and disc inserts for hip joint replacement systems made from the BIOLOX delta material, inserts made from modern SiAlON materials including coatings for the turning and milling of cast iron, and stabilized yttrium zirconium oxide used for tooth restoration in dentistry. Investment in the new institute amounts to around 200,000 euros.

Many guests from CeramTec's divisions and Service Centers took part in the opening
Many guests from CeramTec's divisions and Service Centers took part in the opening