In April 2012, Noritake Dental Supply Co., Ltd. integrated with Kuraray Medical Inc. to form Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc.; the U.S. representative of Noritake products is now Kuraray America, Inc. Both headquartered in Japan, Kuraray Medical is renowned for its dental adhesives and cements--including the Panavia, Clearfil and Majesty lines--while Noritake Dental Supply is distinguished for its high quality ceramic technology, having introduced its dental ceramic line in 1987.
"Historically, Kuraray has been known as a scientific- and process-driven company and Noritake is celebrated for its artistry. With each company drawing on the strengths of their different backgrounds and cultures, they are now an integrated force that's evaluating, identifying and addressing market needs as one entity," says Larry Zeno, Senior Sales Manager, Kuraray America.
The established laboratory product line includes the Noritake EX-3 porcelain line; Cerabien ZR Porcelain for zirconia; and CZR PRESS, a pressable ingot for zirconia. Since the integration, the company has introduced Katana Zirconia ML, a highly translucent multilayered zirconia disc with four gradations of color that offers the look of layered porcelain in one material. New products for the clinical market include Clearfil Majesty ES Flow resin composite and Teethmate Desensitizer.
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