Last week, readers were most interested in Höganäs’ acquisition and subsequent focus on ceramics (Höganäs Enters Ceramic Market with H.C. Starck Surface Technology & Ceramic Powder Acquisition): “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 in the Western hemisphere. We are convinced that the ceramics business will achieve a lot.’”
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