Höganäs Enters Ceramic Market with H.C. Starck Surface Technology & Ceramic Powder Acquisition
STC’s products are used in various applications, including clean energy technologies, technical ceramics and thermal management.
Höganäs, which develops and produces iron and metal powders, recently announced that it had acquired H.C. Starck’s Surface Technology & Ceramic Powder (STC) division in March. STC is a producer and developer of non-oxide ceramic powders.
“The acquisition of STC will successfully position Höganäs on the trajectory towards achieving its long-term strategy,” said Fredrik Emilson, CEO of Höganäs. “STC’s extremely competent workforce, together with significant development capabilities, will enable us to support our customers more and help them bring new applications to the market.”
STC reportedly offers an extensive material portfolio in non-oxide ceramic powders, specializing in boron, boride, carbide and nitride powders. Its high-quality products are used in various applications, including clean energy technologies, technical ceramics and thermal management.
“STC has a high-performing production of ceramic powders of high quality and great value to the market,” said Hans Söderhjelm, vice president of Research and Development at Höganäs. “Additionally, STC has some very interesting key differentiators, such as being one of the leading boron producers or the only aluminum nitride producer outside Asia. We are convinced that the ceramics business will achieve a lot.”
Höganäs will reportedly support the ceramic business with expertise from its research and development department. “I am happy that we now have a stronger support towards our needs regarding development and new applications,” said Maria Teresa Suarez Martin, director of Sales and Product Management for Advanced Ceramic Powders. “With Höganäs’ support, we are now in the position to speed up the development of specific powders, for example for fillers for the thermal management industry. Additionally, we have a good chance to grow our market share of ceramic pastes for the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications, to only mention some of the new opportunities we have.”