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August 9th, 2011

Ceramics and glass business news of the week

Published on August 9th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here’s what we’re hearing:

Corning prepares to again produce missile nosecones

They called them Falcon, Hawk, Tartar, Sidewinder, Sparrow and Svenska. They were missiles that used one of Corning Inc.’s most successful defense products of the 1950s and 1960s: glass-ceramic radomes. The radomes, made of Corning’s proprietary Pyroceram materials, were nosecones that allowed missiles in flight to receive and transmit signals during difficult weather and extreme temperatures.

High reliability metal terminal capacitors from Murata achieve major acoustic noise reduction and are immune to PCB flexure

Murata has developed a series of multilayer ceramic capacitorss with a unique external metal terminal design, which reduces problems associated with mounting larger size MLCCs, including acoustic noise production and cracks caused by flexing the printed circuit boards.

Toyota and Tesla announce decision tobuild RAV4 electric vehicle at Toyota’s Woodstock, Ontario production facility

“The Tesla-Toyota joint development team has agreed that building the vehicle at the Woodstock plant on the same line as the gasoline-powered RAV4, will streamline and simplify the production process and guarantee the highest level of quality control,” said Ray Tanguay, TMMC Chairman, who hosted Canadian officials at the plant today and thanked them for their support. “This is a great example of Toyota’s determination to collaborate with companies with leading edge technology.”

Aspen Aerogels Inc. files registration statement for proposed initial public offering

Aspen Aerogels Inc., an energy efficiency company that designs, develops and manufactures innovative, high-performance aerogel insulation, announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Morgan Stanley & Co. will act as joint book-running managers for the offering. The number of shares to be sold in the proposed offering and the price range of the proposed offering have not yet been determined.

AeroVironment Inc. files patent application for aerogel-insulated cryogenic liquid tank

The tank has a wall made of layers of aerogel sections around a hard shell layer, sealed within a flexible outer layer, and having the air removed to form a vacuum. The periphery of each layer section abuts other sections of that layer, but only overlies the periphery of the sections of other layers at individual points. The wall is characterized by a thermal conductivity that is lower near its gravitational top than its gravitational bottom. The tank has two exit passageways, one being direct, and the other passing through a vapor shield that extends through the wall between two layers of aerogel.


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