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.

  • 1920

    Humble Beginnings

    Founded in Berlin (Germany), by Hermann C. Starck as a trading company for metals and ores.

  • 1925

    Into the USA

    Foundation of H.C. Starck Inc., in New York.

  • 1945

    Patented Products

    First patents for high-purity tantalum and niobium metal powders are filed; expansion and comprehensive modernization of reduction capacities for tungsten and molybdenum metal powders.

  • 1987

    NRC

    The US based National Research Corporation started their research in tantalum and niobium in 1959 in Newton, MA. After holding a 50% share in the company since 1976, H.C. Starck fully acquires NRC.

  • 2000

    Further Acquisition

    H.C. Starck acquires a majority stake in the American CSM Group, and integrates the business as its Fabricated Products (FPR) area, headquartered in Newton (US).

  • 2018

    Sale of divisions

    As part of H.C. Starck`s strategic development of ownership, the division STC was sold to Höganäs AB and the division Ta&Nb was sold to JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation.

  • 2019

    H.C. Starck Solutions

    H.C. Starck’s Fabricated Products (FPR) division rebrands itself and becomes H.C. Starck High Performance Metal Solutions (H.C. Starck Solutions).

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