Ceradyne, Incorporated is a wholly owned subsidiary of 3M based in the United States. Ceradyne, Inc. is a manufacturer of advanced ceramic systems and components and involved in many technical industries including nuclear power, oil and gas, solar energy, automotive, and defense. It is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market.
|Industry||Industrial Equipment & Components|
3M headquarters, St. Paul, Minnesota,
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Ceradyne Armor Systems, Inc.
Ceradyne Boron Products LLC
Ceradyne Canada ULC
Tianjin Technical Ceramics
Vehicle Armor Systems
In addition to producing ceramic components for industrial processes such as silicon foundries and ceramic fuel pellets for nuclear reactors, Ceradyne researched and produced varieties of ballistic armour for both personnel and vehicles. The ceramic armor was lighter than regular steel plate armor facilitating greater mobility. In September 16, 2007 the company was selling 25,000 sets of armor a month to the Pentagon.
In December 2007, Ceradyne's lightweight armor was approved by the Army for use on military vehicles. Oshkosh Truck produced the first of these armored vehicles using the armor on HEMETT crew cabs. Ceradyne was also the producer of ceramic Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts (E-SAPI) for the US Army's Interceptor body armor, and the blast-proof components of the Ceradyne BULL MRAP/MMPV vehicle project.
In January 2008, the company also received an order for $9.6 million worth of body armor from UNICOR (Federal Prison Industries Inc.), which provided jobs and job training to inmates in US federal prisons.
In November 2012 thousands of SPEAR Generation III ballistic armor plates manufactured by Ceradyne for issue to United States Special Operations troops were recalled due to "safety defects". An analysis by the Department of Defense discovered the flawed plates. Defects were identified in less than five percent of plates tested according to United States Special Operations Command (USSOCCOM). USSOCCOM says "No one has been killed or wounded as a result of the defective body armor".
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the SPEAR Generation III armor plates, as they're known, 'display a latent delamination defect,'