ceramic brake lining compounds contain no chopped steel fibers or steel wool as found in earlier semi-metallic linings, but instead substitute ceramic compounds and copper fibers. These changes provide modern ceramic-based lining materials the capability of handling today's high brake temperatures with less heat fade, faster recovery time, and less wear on both the pads and rotors.'Ceramic Pads,
I Don't know about the Akebono, but Carbotech makes a number of ceramic compounds for Alfa's from street to full race. Performatech can supply them for you or I can get them for you. I am very happy with their full race compound.
One thing to note; Ceramic compounds typically need a fresh rotor or rotor surface to start. You shouldn't just take off whatever you have been running, put on ceramic pads and expect them to perform. I found the first rotor and pad bedding to be tricky. From that point on pad wear and brake feel is exceptional. My .02