Masan High-Tech Materials introduces Tungsten powders for 3D printing and battery technology
Masan High-Tech Materials, a subsidiary of Masan Group, has announced new advancements in 3D printing technology through the development of globally patented Tungsten powder products.
H.C. Starck Tungsten Powders (H.C. Starck), a member of Masan High-Tech Materials Corporation, now offers special Tungsten powders and complementary innovation services for 3D printing (also known as ‘additive manufacturing’) under the trademark ‘starck2print®‘.
High flowability and optimized particle size distribution make the powders particularly suitable for additive manufacturing processes such as powder bed-based laser beam melting (LPBF) or selective electron beam.
Complementing existing products, H.C. Starck also offers to develop special blends for individual customers’ specific needs within the framework of application technology cooperation.
Sustainability through recycling and efficiency in 3D printing applications
H.C. Starck’s “starck2print®” powders are produced by reducing Tungsten oxide in a hydrogen atmosphere. This particularly efficient process contributes to stable production quality at customers’ facilities thanks to the products’ consistently high purity.
The over-100-year-old company’s extensive recycling expertise also enables the creation of a closed loop within which the tungsten components are recovered from used 3D prints and reused as raw materials.
CEO of H.C. Starck Mr. Hady Seyeda says:“ We believe that the technology metal tungsten has considerable potential in 3D printing. Establishing our own brand underlines our expertise and ambitions in this innovative growth sector“.
Innovation and differentiation in fast-growing battery industry
At the end of February 2023, H.C. Starck continued to market special tungsten powders for use in Lithium-ion batteries under the ‘starck2charge®’ product brand. “Tungsten-based products can make a significant contribution to the further development of battery technology,” says CEO Hady Seyeda. “In this highly innovative field, we are not only developing new products, but also interacting with new target groups. The starck2charge brand makes it easier for us to differentiate ourselves and underlines our long-term commitment to this sector”.
The company has recently made considerable progress in the growth sector of lithium-ion batteries. In July 2022, for example, it acquired a 15 percent stake in British startup Nyobolt which aims to launch a tungsten-based anode technology for ultra-fast-charging batteries in the near future. Nyobolt, which had emerged from research activities at Cambridge University, made it onto the Financial Times’ “Tech Champions 2022” shortlist just recently.
In parallel, H.C. Starck Tungsten has been researching innovative coatings for cathodes together with the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, since April of last year. Certain powder mixtures are already available whose use in corresponding applications has been proven to increase the stability and safety of lithium-ion batteries.
CEO of Masan High-Tech Materials, Mr. Craig Bradshaw, shared “Our goal is to produce advanced materials with unique applications through innovation and introduce them to the market in the near future. ‘starck2print®‘ and ‘starck2charge®‘ are the continuation of our product portfolio expansion to meet the needs of global industries and advanced technology companies”.
About H.C. Starck Tungsten Powders
H.C. Starck Tungsten Powders, a wholly owned subsidiary of Masan High Tech Materials, is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality Tungsten powders tailored to individual customer needs. The company combines a century of experience in Tungsten processing with high innovative power and technological expertise. Decades of experience in recycling and access to the world’s largest Tungsten reserves outside of China, owned by the company’s parent group Masan High-Tech Materials, ensure stable supply with conflict-free raw materials. H.C. Starck Tungsten Powders employs around 540 people at three production sites in Germany, Canada and China plus sales offices in the U.S. and Japan. The company is headquartered at its largest production site in Goslar, Germany.