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Costa Mesa-based Ceradyne offers aid to Japan

The Costa Mesa-based company says its boric acid, nuclear waste containment materials can help control radiation.

By Kristen SchottPublished: March 15, 2011 08:54 AM

Costa Mesa-based manufacturing firm Ceradyne Inc. has offered to aid Japan with its damaged nuclear reactors in the wake of the massive earthquake that struck the country last week.

Through a recent partnership with Kyoto-based Yamanaka EP Corp. – now renamed Yamanaka Ceradyne – the company said it can provide neutron absorbing enriched boric acid and nuclear waste containment materials, such as Bortec, Boral and Boron Carbide, to help control radiation.

Ceradyne makes and markets advanced technical ceramic products for use in defense, industrial, energy, automotive or diesel and commercial applications. The company last week acquired a minority interest in Yamanaka EP Corp., which Ceradyne's boron products subsidiary has been providing nuclear power plant and semiconductor materials to for more than 15 years.

Yamanaka processes technical materials for nuclear power plant, solar, optical fiber and semiconductor uses at its facility in Shiga, Japan, and markets the materials throughout the country, as well as in Asia, Europe and the U.S. The company was not directly affected by the earthquake.

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