Innovation is the cornerstone of industrial progress and the driver of economic growth. It stands for new ideas, continuous improvement, and the joint desire to explore and exceed the limits of what we know today. Innovation is not limited to individual companies; it forms a bond between suppliers, customer, universities, organizations, governments, and the end user, who all share the joint goal of technological advancement.
At H.C. Starck Solutions, we understand the importance of innovation and believe it is the key to future growth. We make it our mission to work closely with our global industrial partners to understand their needs and jointly develop novel solutions that solve their most difficult technical challenges and provide manufactured products that exceed their requirements. We support scientists at national laboratories and research institutes with materials and expertise in research areas including additive manufacturing and alloy development for applications in electronics, aerospace, defense, medical, industrial, and energy. We help to secure state and federal funds for our research partners on projects that are critical to local and national interests. We work with local universities to increase the fundamental understanding of our materials and to provide a source of technical talent for our own sustainment.
We believe that organic growth cannot be sustained by only working within your own organization. By reaching out and supporting external sources, H.C. Starck Solutions is bringing in a broad view of new ideas to support our future and the future of our customers.
The innovation team comprises engineering staff and technicians across five global sites. Our staff includes more than 10 advanced engineering degrees, of which the majority hold doctorates. The median level of experience for our team is close to two decades years in metal manufacturing industries. The innovation staff are responsible for generating a portfolio of more than 200 active patents along with numerous technical journal publications. Over the last 5 years, around 75 patents have been filed and more than 100 have been granted. Broad technical expertise from varied backgrounds and cultures contributes to a rich innovative spirit that delivers quality and performance. The diverse background contributes to novel approaches for manufacturing refractory metals. Our Core Competencies for development in refractory metals include:
- Melt Processing: Electron Beam Melting & Arc Melting
- Thermo-Mechanical Processing: Extrusion, Rolling, Rotary Forging, Swaging & Upset Forging
- Powder Metallurgy: Powder Production, Pressing and Sintering, Hot Isostatic Pressing & Direct Extrusion
- Additive Manufacturing: 3D Screen Printing, Laser Powder Bed Fusion, Binder Jet & Directed Energy Deposition
- Sputtering: Thin Film Deposition and Characterization
- High Temperature Mechanical Testing
- Electron Microscopy: Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy, Electron Backscatter Diffraction
- Modeling: Thermo-Mechanical Processing, Thermodynamics
For more than 100 years, H.C. Starck has been developing High Performance Metal Solutions for its refractory metal customers. That tradition continues today through our steady commitment to innovation