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Ceradyne opens second plant in China

The facility will produce ceramic crucibles for use in solar-energy cells.

BY OC METRO STAFFPublished: January 20, 2011 09:52 AM

Costa Mesa-based Ceradyne has opened a second factory in China to produce high-purity ceramic crucibles that will be used in the manufacturing of photovoltaic silicon solar cells.

“This is a very exciting event for Ceradyne and particularly for Ceradyne Thermo Materials,” said Bruce Lockhart, who serves as vice president of the company’s solar-energy enterprise. “It was only three and a half years ago that we opened the first crucible factory in Tianjin for the development and manufacture of high-technology ceramic crucibles to meet our Chinese customers' requirements."

This new 218,000-square-foot factory was built on 13.7-acres in the Tianjin Airport Economic Area and will be staffed by the company’s team of Chinese executives and engineers.

Ceradyne makes and markets advanced technical ceramic products for commercial and industrial uses that are lightweight but extremely resistant to corrosion and wear, and are designed to withstand high temperatures.

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