3 January 2011

CoorsTek acquires Saint-Gobain’s Advanced Ceramics business

Following the approval of competition authorities on 31 December, the world’s largest technical ceramics manufacturer, CoorsTek Inc of Golden, CO, USA, has completed its $245m acquisition (announced on 28 June) of the Advanced Ceramics business of France-based Saint-Gobain, a supplier of materials and components made from ceramics, grains, and powders.

Celebrating 100 years in business, CoorsTek supplies critical components and complete assemblies for defense, medical, automotive, semiconductor, aerospace, electronic, power generation, telecom, and other high-technology applications.

With the acquisition, CoorsTek now owns and operates 44 facilities on four continents. Specifically, CoorsTek adds six manufacturing facilities in Europe, four in the USA, one each in Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, and distribution and sales offices in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore.

Product lines and materials added include: silicon carbide (SiC) for use in semiconductor processing equipment; proprietary silicon carbide ceramic blends used in hot surface ignition systems; silicon nitride used to make extremely durable bearings; mullite used in molten metal filtration; steatite for electrical appliance markets; and specialty ceramics for custom, critical-duty applications.

“We offer our customers expanded material and processing capabilities, product offerings, and geographical reach,” says CoorsTek’s chairman, president & CEO John K. Coors.

Tags: Ceramics

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