H.C. Starck reports that its powder divisions, Tungsten Powders, Tantalum/Niobium Powders, and Surface Technology & Ceramic Powders will become independent limited liability companies (GmbHs).

The divisions will become H.C. Starck Tungsten GmbH, H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH, H.C. Starck Surface Technology and Ceramic Powders GmbH and H.C. Starck Infrastructure GmbH & Co KG.

The employees who are currently assigned to the three powder divisions will be transferred to the new companies while employees who work in technical and administrative services and in group functions will remain at H.C. Starck GmbH, the company says. H.C. Starck Infrastructure GmbH & Co. KG will have no staff for the time being.

‘The three powder divisions operate in different markets, and each market has a logic of its own.’ The company said. ‘The new structure will allow the different business segments to operate with greater autonomy and individual responsibility than before, thereby responding even faster and with greater flexibility to specific market requirements.’

‘We are giving the new companies the capabilities and leeway they need in order to position themselves optimally on the market,’ says Dr. Engelbert Heimes, chairman of the executive board of H.C. Starck. ‘At the same time, they will remain part of the H.C. Starck Group and continue to have full access to all resources, infrastructure, and our know-how.’

H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH plans to make further development of its product range, including tantalum pastes, which have a significant impact on the electronics industry by enabling production of ultra-thin devices and wearables.

H.C. Starck Surface Technology and Ceramic Powders GmbH will continue to drive the qualification of atomized metal powders for additive manufacturing and expand existing partnerships with additive manufacturing (AM) specialists. Other goals include gaining further market share in the industrial gas turbines and aviation segments as well as in LED technology.

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.