ZIRCAR Ceramics, Inc., Florida, N.Y., entered strategic alliances with Naoi Kizai, based in Beijing, China, and the Kanthal Corporation.

ZIRCAR Ceramics, Inc., Florida, N.Y., entered a strategic alliance with Naoi Kizai, based in Beijing, China. A significant part of the alliance includes the establishment of stock of many of ZIRCAR Ceramics' standard high-temperature thermal insulation and ceramic fiber products in China. The Chinese inventory is expected to be in place by February 2003. ZIRCAR Ceramics also has formed a strategic alliance with the Kanthal Corporation. One of the areas this alliance focuses on is the application of ZIRCAR Ceramics' ultra high Al2O3 purity low-mass insulation Type AL-30AAH along with Kanthal's ER heating elements in batch type hydrogen atmosphere furnaces.