H C Starck, which makes powders and components made from technology metals and advanced ceramics has reported an increase in adjusted annual sales for the group by 23% to €581.7 million.

The company’s tungsten division also reported an increase in sales driven by the market success of H C Starck’s nanocrystalline tungsten carbide varieties, and in the ongoing ramp-up of capacity at the Chinese plant. The advanced ceramic components division also posted record sales for 2018. Based on these developments, capacity for the production of components for the semiconductor industry will be expanded in 2019 by adding another production hall with 1,000 m² of space, H C Starck says. The division aims to grow by expanding its capacity in existing industries and extending its activities in new markets such as aviation and aerospace.

H C Starck says that its fabricated products division reached all of its sales volume targets despite a rise in the price of raw materials. Plans are to increase capacity in spiral roller bearing production for medical technology in Germany and the expansion of powder production at a US site. As well as this, the division will continue to invest in additive manufacturing (AM) at the same sites, including for the use of refractory metal powders. The first specific possible applications for the screen printing and powder bed methods installed at the division are emerging in medicine and in aviation and aerospace.

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