In 2020, H.C. Starck Solutions is proudly celebrating our centenary, marking 100 years of refractory metals expertise and metallurgical excellence. A centenary is always worth celebrating – but our 100-year history spans much of the 20th Century; the greatest period of cultural and global change that humanity has ever known. This is a unique opportunity to reflect on how far H.C. Starck Solutions has come since its emergence as a small Berlin trading company in 1920.

A Brief History of H.C. Starck

In 1920, Hermann C. Starck set up a modest trading company in his own name in his native Germany. Primarily dealing in metals and ores, this fast-growing business expanded into the US with a New York facility by 1925. Within a single decade, H.C. Starck had added chemical and metallurgical manufacturing to its portfolio from the main facility in Goslar, Germany. This established the foundation of our forthcoming expertise in refractory metals and technical materials.

As part of a phase of strategic diversification, H.C. Starck acquired the US-based National Research Corporation (NRC) in the 1970s. This merger was the foundation for the division now widely known as H.C. Starck Solutions.

Since the 1970s, H.C. Starck Solutions has focussed on organic growth through acquisitions and joint ventures. This smart approach established us as a powerhouse in industrial manufacturing, particularly in the realm of refractory metal powders and parts. It was this period when we established our core competencies with the key refractory metals tantalum (Ta), molybdenum (Mo), tungsten (W), and niobium (Nb).

Under the ownership of Bayer AG – and later Carlyle and Advent Groups – our expansion comprised multiple, major operations in Europe, North America, and Asia. This expansive global footprint would have been impossible to achieve prior to the latter portion of the 20th Century. Over the last decade, we have followed a policy of concentrating our assets into focussed divisions that better serve a diverse customer base. Some of these have been divested while others have been strategically added.

H.C. Starck Solutions now spans six manufacturing plants across three continents, and our technologies are integrated into numerous technologies characteristic of the late 20th Century. Commercial airplanes, semiconductor devices, medical imaging equipment, even modern production lines utilize tailored H.C. Starck Solutions products based on high-performance refractory metals. Our products have helped illuminate millions of homes and have traveled as far as the moon. In the near future, our refractory metal solutions for the aerospace industry are expected to reach the surface of Mars.

Celebrating 100 Years of Refractory Metals Excellence

To celebrate the centenary of H.C. Starck, we will be releasing monthly posts exploring the history of our six global manufacturing sites and major product categories.

  1. History of the Newton Plant Our Refractory Metals Headquarters
  2. Coldwater Plant’s Historic Extrusion Press
  3. History of the Hermsdorf Facility: 60 Years of Refractory Metals Ingenuity
  4. Decades of Innovative Tantalum Sputtering Processes
  5. History of the Euclid Plant: Tungsten Alloy and Molybdenum Flat Product Expertise
  6. Decades of Material Expertise in Metals for Medical Devices
  7. History of the Calne Facility: Commanding Refractory Metals Fabrication
  8. Decades of Refractory Metals Expertise in Space Exploration
  9. History of the Coldwater Plant: A Tradition of Molybdenum Ingenuity
  10. Tantalum Alloys in Chemical Processing: CPI Through the Years
  11. History of the Taicang Plant: The Center of Tungsten Excellence

Please check back here each month to help us celebrate 100 years of refractory metals excellence with an exploration of H.C. Starck Solutions’ sites and product offerings. Or, if you have any questions about our legacy throughout the 20th Century, simply contact a member of the team today.