We supply our products to customers operating in essential sectors, such as in the healthcare and power generation industries, supporting the UN sustainable development goals. Our strategy ensures that we are the leaders in our field, with the customer and materials insight to apply our capabilities quickly and effectively.
Carbon and Technical Ceramics
Our business comprises of two divisions and five global business units:
Thermal Products division:
Molten Metal Systems
Carbon and Technical Ceramics division:
Seals and Bearings
Thermal Ceramics manufactures advanced ceramic materials, products and systems for thermal insulation in high-temperature environments.
We engineer systems for the safety of people and equipment in demanding applications.
Our products help customers, especially those operating energy-intensive processes, to reduce energy consumption, emissions and operating costs. Our products are used in high-temperature industrial processing of metals, petrochemicals, cement, ceramics and glass, and by manufacturers of equipment for aerospace, automotive, marine and domestic applications in insulation and fire protection applications. Our core strength is our ability to address individual customer requirements, using our materials and our applications expertise to design, manufacture and install optimum thermal solutions.
Our product range includes high-temperature insulating fibre products, microporous products, firebricks, monolithic products, heat shields, fired refractory shapes and structural block insulation products.
Molten Metal Systems
Molten Metal Systems manufactures an extensive range of high-performance crucibles and foundry consumables for non-ferrous metal melting applications. We provide melting solutions for foundries, die-casters and melting facilities working with zinc, precious metals, aluminium, copper, brass, bronze and other non-ferrous metals.
With our extensive applications experience and process knowledge Molten Metal Systems helps customers put together the optimal system for their needs. The global business unit works with customers in non-ferrous castings, metal powder production, refining and recycling of precious metals and the production of pure aluminium for electronics applications.
Electrical Carbon develops and manufactures a wide range of products which are used to transfer electrical current between stationary and rotating or linear moving parts in motor, generator, and current collector applications.
Our products are engineered for specific customer applications and they are often required to operate in harsh or extreme environments. Electrical Carbon’s main markets are rail, power generation, iron & steel, mining and wind power generation. The business’s core strength is its longstanding materials and applications experience and its ability to engineer appropriate, reliable solutions for individual customer requirements.
Seals and Bearings
Seals and Bearings makes high-performance self-lubricating bearing and seal components, used predominantly in pumps, industrial and domestic, or other sealing applications.
We use advanced carbon/graphite, silicon carbide, alumina and zirconia materials to engineer lightweight, low-friction bearings and seals. These materials help solve the problems associated with use of lubricants in extreme temperatures, corrosive or hygienic environments and where access is restricted, and are engineered into a wide variety of products and customer-specific solutions.
The business’s components often help to extend the operating life of customers’ equipment and make it more energy-efficient. The main markets served are specialist applications in the chemical & industrial processing, automotive, water pump, aerospace and home appliance sectors.
Technical Ceramics engineers high-performance functional and structural ceramic materials, components and sub-assemblies to address customer-specific technical challenges. The business employs advanced materials science and applications expertise to produce parts that enhance reliability or improve the performance of its customers’ products. Much of what the global business unit makes is used in demanding, harsh or critical environments.
The global business unit works in selected segments of the electronics and semiconductor, energy, healthcare, petrochemicals, security and transport markets, typically in close collaborative customer relationships.
Our product range includes structural ceramic components, engineered coatings, ceramic to metal assemblies including brazed and metallised assemblies, ceramic cores, braze alloys and ceramic tubes and rollers.