(COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 6, 2006) -- Ceradyne, Inc. (Company) (Nasdaq:CRDN) received its initial order for boron carbide/aluminum metal matrix composite (MMC) components from Transnuclear for more than $1.5 million. The MMC components are for dry storage of spent nuclear fuel and are scheduled for delivery by the end of second-quarter 2007.
Ceradyne Inc.'s new subsidiary, Ceradyne Canada, in Chicoutimi, Quebec, will manufacture the components from MMC ingots, which will be produced by Alcan Inc. utilizing its patented MMC casting process. The components will be integrated into Transnuclear's NUHOMS(R) Systems, which are used by U.S. nuclear-powered utilities.
Transnuclear is a wholly owned U.S. division of Areva Group, a French-based energy company offering technological solutions worldwide for nuclear power generation and electricity transmission and distribution. For 2005 Areva reported revenues of approximately EUR 10.1 billion, or approximately $13 billion.
Michael Kraft, Ceradyne vice president of sales, marketing and business development, commented: "We are very pleased with this first order, as it confirms the viability of our business strategy with Alcan to not only supply Boral(R) and boron carbide/aluminum MMCs, but also control all the production steps in the value stream, from the boron carbide powder to final delivery of these critical components. This vertically integrated capability makes Ceradyne unique and provides superior value to end-customers in the nuclear waste containment market.
"Utilizing this capability, and in partnership with Transnuclear, we engineered an MMC that meets the rigorous specifications of their system," Kraft continued. "We believe in building long-term relationships with our customers and view this as an excellent start in building a major presence in this market. Furthermore, our earlier announcements about entering the MMC market with advanced materials, technical support, and manufacturing capabilities in partnership with Alcan have been well-received by the utilities, spent-fuel storage original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and fabricators. We look forward to expanding our line of MMCs and Boral(R) for neutron absorption in both wet and dry storage applications."