Ceradyne Snags Oil Drilling Bearing Technology

Ceradyne, Inc. has acquired certain patents and intellectual property covering a proprietary technical ceramic bearing solution for "down hole" oil drilling. This intellectual property was acquired from a privately-owned business located in Greenwich, Rhode Island. The manufacturing of this product will be performed at Ceradyne's Lexington, Kentucky location. A key inventor of this new oil drilling bearing, Russell Ide, Jr., will be joining Ceradyne as a product manager responsible for bringing this unique solution into full production for use in the oil field.

The "stack bearing" was developed using Ceradyne/ESK Ceramics' advanced technical ceramic, silicon carbide, for the bearing and erosion resistant surfaces. The bearing is anticipated to be rapidly accepted due to the reduction of drilling down time. Two other energy related bearing product lines will go into coal bed methane pumps and steam assisted oil extraction pumps.

Ceradyne paid approximately $4 million for this acquisition, and will pay a royalty of 3% of net sales of these bearings for the life of the patents.

This new product line will be incorporated into Ceradyne's Advanced Ceramic Operations under the leadership of David Reed, Ceradyne's President North American Operations.

Thomas Cole, Ceradyne's Vice President of Business Development, commented: "We are very pleased to have acquired this technology as it fits the Ceradyne vertical integration model very well. Through a unique design and the use of our erosion and corrosion-resistant silicon carbide ceramic, we believe this oil drilling product will rapidly become the new state-of-the-art for oil drilling bearings. Furthermore, we are pleased that Russ Ide, Jr. will be joining Ceradyne."

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