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March 14th to June 8th, 2008 – From the first European porcelain to high-tech ceramic products

CeramTec Participation in Special Exhibition at Albrechtsburg Castel in Meissen

In 2008, the invention of European hard porcelain will celebrate its 300th anniversary. Although this discovery took place in the casemate of the bastion in a section of Brühl’s Terrace (nicknamed the ”Balcony of Europe“) in Dresden, there is really no other place more fitting to dedicate itself to this topic than Albrechtsburg Castle. This is where Böttger had already conducted experiments for a whole year in 1705 and this is also where the first European porcelain manufactory was established on June 6th, 1710, which remained here for more than 150 years. It wasn’t until later (1863) that it was moved to a new home at its current location.

The exhibition explains the theoretical and technical fundamentals of the historic beginnings but it also gives insight into what the future holds for the application of high-tech ceramics. The exhibition shows the evolution of ceramic materials into the technical ceramics of today and the great value they have for research and technology in the 21st century. Many people are unaware that ceramic materials are not just used to create basic everyday objects, but that they are also becoming more and more important in industrial and technological applications. Today, ceramic materials find application in energy and environmental technologies, in machine and plant construction, in medical technologies or even in vehicle manufacturing.

To better illustrate the wide range of applications of technical ceramics, the organizers were able to make use of a number of interesting samples from the CeramTec product line. One of the highlights here is surely the ”cycling skeleton“, which showcases the application possibilities of ceramics in endoprosthetics with BIOLOX® hip and knee-joint components.

This special exhibition is open daily 10am to 6pm in the rooms of the Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen from March 14th to June 8th, 2008.

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