Material solutions that augment performance tools
Performance tools are structural ceramics where various shaping processes are used prior to machining and sintering. Our engineered raw materials and spray-dried powders are used in various industrial and medical applications, as well as automotive components. When our materials are combined with the right ceramic processes, the produced parts will see enhanced properties such as strength, hardness, wear-resistance and thermal shock.
Industrial applications, such as wire drawing rings, classifier wheels, textiles’ thread guides, valves, pump piston sleeves and ceramic rollers, make use of a vast and varied amount of ceramic materials. A precise material selection has to be made in order to achieve the technical and commercial requirements in relation to the specific purpose of the ceramic part.
Each material plays a crucial part in the performance of the final part. We have the broadest portfolio of mineral resources on the market and a spread of processing plants throughout the world which allow us to match the right material to each type of ceramic component. Our main raw materials for performance tools are largely supplied from our plants in Germany, France and China. Most common are ZIONIC™ Zirconia, ALODUR® fused aluminas, Calcined alumina EVTs and kaolin.