Ceramic Industry News

Carbone Lorraine Announces Calcarb Acquisition (posted 1/6/09)

Carbone Lorraine recently announced its acquisition of Calcarb, the second largest manufacturer of rigid graphite felt for the solar industry. This venture reportedly complements Carbone Lorraine's position as a leader in graphite solutions for solar, industrial, semiconductor and high-temperature furnace components.

“By acquiring Calcarb, Carbone Lorraine is presented with a unique opportunity that fits in with our ‘2011 Expansion Business Plan,’” said Claude Cocozza, chairman and chief executive officer. “We are pleased to have been able to see this acquisition through successfully.”

It is expected that Calcarb’s reputation for high-quality products will enable Carbone Lorraine to make a strong and profitable growth in the graphite insulation market and strengthen its position in the solar energy market. Sales growth is expected to increase at a rate of 15% per year based on demand in the solar energy market. The new division is expected to generate sales of $50 million from its products in 2009. Carbone Lorraine planned to acquire 60% of the company’s shares by December 31, 2008, and has an option to increase its stake to 100% that can be exercised at any time in 2009. The acquisition is financed by debt.

Calcarb was a subsidiary of Inductotherm, which specializes in vacuum and induction furnaces. Calcarb Limited, headquartered in Scotland, manufactures high-purity carbon-bonded carbon fiber (CBCF)-based rigid insulation and precursor materials for vacuum and controlled atmosphere furnaces. In 2008, Calcarb moved into a new manufacturing facility, doubling its annual production capacity of low- and medium-density carbon-based products.

Visit www.carbonelorraine.com or www.calcarb.com for more information.


Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Ceramic Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

December 2014 Issue Highlights

Our December 2014 issue is now available! Posted: April 27, 2015.


Ceramics Expo podcast
Editor Susan Sutton discusses the upcoming Ceramics Expo with event director Adam Moore.
More Podcasts

Ceramic Industry Magazine

CI May 2015 cover

2015 May

Our May issue covers bulk batching, pneumatic conveyors, high-temperature furnaces and more! Be sure to check it out today.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Daily News

We know where you find the latest ceramic industry news (ahem), but where do you catch up on the rest of your daily news?
View Results Poll Archive


M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\Ceramics Industry\handbook of advanced ceramics.gif
Handbook of Advanced Ceramics Machining

Ceramics, with their unique properties and diverse applications, hold the potential to revolutionize many industries, including automotive and semiconductors.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


facebook_40px twitter_40px  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40google+ icon 40px


CI Data Book July 2012

Ceramic Industry's Directories including Components, Equipment Digest, Services, Data Book & Buyers Guide, Materials Handbook and much more!