Metals and ceramics manufacturer H.C. Starck, said that it had a significant increase in sales for 2017. Sales for the past fiscal year rose to €767.3 million, an increase of 11% over the previous year. According to the company, this was driven by the recovery of important core markets and by the implementation of a series of initiatives aimed at boosting sales and profitability.

Development of the company’s STC Division will continue under the leadership of Swedish metal powder manufacturer Höganäs AB, and Starck has also decided to work with JX Nippon Mining & Metals in its tantalum niobium division.

The tungsten division of H.C. Starck also posted significantly increased sales and results in 2017 compared with the previous year, and H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH benefited from strong demand for tantalum for sputter targets and capacitor applications.

This story is reprinted from material from H.C. Starck, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.