An Interview with Thomas Werninghaus, Kyocera

Are there any exciting new projects that Kyocera are working on that will benefit the advanced materials industry in the future?

After recent acquisitions in Germany, we will get involved in production and commercialization of gallium nitride (GaN) products and start incorporating these into existing parts, equipment, and system technologies to create a comprehensive system.
Besides this we are pushing forward to get a large variety of our materials also 3D printed with equal properties to the conventionally produced materials to allow joined and assembled parts and systems.


You have worked in business development for a long time, how have you seen the advanced materials industry evolve over this time?

With the increasingly demanding requirements from high-end applications in technologies like semiconductor, automotive, aviation and space industries the need for advanced materials with special properties have been growing drastically. Improving and optimizing existing, thought to be well-known, standard materials also allowed their application to many of those technologies.

Besides this, also new ways of production had to be found to become more efficient and fertilized the development of fully new advanced materials again.

For me especially the application of techniques developed to produce newly advanced materials to standard materials and vice versa has resulted in strong improvements in efficiency and performance and thus benefitted and allowed for new applications and technologies. This interaction between material technology, application and technology will continue to be the driving force for further future developments.


What is your greatest career achievement to date?

Our company was requested to support lifetime improvement for a critical part in a jet engine. This part was manufactured from a standard material grade. We were able to develop a new production and manufacturing technology, including a new composition, that advanced the material properties. In addition to the improved lifetime, the new advanced material was also enhancing the engine performance resulting in lower kerosine consumption. Based on this first modified material, arising from a standard material, we created a group of advanced materials, which can now be applied to several engines and allowed for the development of modern, new engine generations.


What are you looking forward to at the show?

Interesting opportunities for new applications to our existing materials or discussions and ideas for material advancements.


You are speaking in the session ‘Making Materials Manufacturing Sustainable’, what is your top pointer for this session?

We focus on achievements in cost reduced processes and improved quality of the produced advanced materials by the application of our ceramics in the process equipment.