Through the products we design, we are supporting our customers to solve complex problems; from managing heat and enabling greener technologies, to supporting improved medical diagnostics and protecting life.
Working across many industries and in a number of markets, you'll find our products all around you.
Our quality and advanced materials science are essential to delivering the technologies the world needs, now.
We engineer components which are highly resistant to chemical & physical wear, corrosion, and extreme temperatures, sitting at the heart of many industrial processes. Our products help customers, especially those operating energy-intensive processes, to reduce energy consumption, emissions and operating costs.
Our technological developments have resulted in:
- Superwool® XTRA - an alternative to refractory ceramic fibre,
- The production of reduced wear, reliable seals which extend pump life by up to 4x, (compared to spray coated stainless steel rings), resulting in the significant reduction of through life costs
- Pyro-Bloc® modules for Regenerative Thermal Oxidisers. These reduce the number of through-joints between modules, resulting in fewer opportunities for heat loss, and reduced fuel related expenses.
Our new ceramic materials for customers producing solar panels support the latest generation of production technology. In addition we are developing brushes that provide longer lifetimes and higher current carrying capability to support the next generation of wind turbines.
We support the EV market with alumina seals & bearings for cooling pumps which are produced to fine dimensional tolerance, improving efficiency & minimising pump noise. Our thermal insulation Superwool® is used in heat recovery steam generators, fuel cells, and energy storage walls to improve energy efficiency.
Our streamlined production processes for carbon strips allow us to develop and test new materials formulations quickly to meet the diverse needs of customers in the rail and metro markets.
We have a leading range of products and solutions that provide fire protection around battery packs in electric vehicles and we are constantly innovating these to meet the myriad requirements of our customers.
We work with our rail customers to overcome technical challenges and optimise system performance with our carbon brushes & holders, earthing brushes and third rail shoes. We produce 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 seals and bearings are used in vehicle fuel and thermal management, providing near frictionless running and low wear rates, whilst our fused silica and mullite rollers thermally anneal automotive chassis parts. We enable more efficient jet engines, through the production of more and more complex cores for casting turbine blades allowing engines to run hotter and more efficiently.
We improve the quality of life by providing innovative solutions to the healthcare industry. We provide ceramic and brazing products for diagnostic and life support equipment, and for implantable devices. Our materials are used in power tubes for medical scanning and with new materials design we can increase the lifetime of products.
We have developed new capabilities for the implantable feedthroughs market (e.g., for cochlear implants and neurostimulation) that allow us to provide higher pin densities and therefore enabling smaller package sizes for our customers' next generation products.
Our ablation tips for cancer treatment enable minimally invasive procedures, resulting in reduced patient trauma and recovery time, and our biocompatible technical ceramics are utilised in apheresis systems, micro-dosing systems and oxygen compression.
Our products transform peoples’ lives.
Our materials are used throughout the semiconductor manufacturing process, in etch, ion implantation, photolithography, and deposition steps. As chip density increases, the manufacturing processes get more demanding and put increasing demands on the components used in the process.
We are working with our customers on carbon and ceramic materials and product configurations to support the latest generation of equipment.
Our strategy builds on our strengths and focusses the Group on scalable businesses in attractive markets.
We have three core capabilities:
- Materials science
- Application engineering
- Customer focus
We serve markets that are growing and where we have room to grow, and where our customers value our differentiated products and services.
The Group’s products are produced within two global divisions and five global business units.
Thermal Products division, organised in two global business units: Thermal Ceramics and Molten Metal Systems
Carbon and Technical Ceramics division is organised into three global business units: Electrical Carbon, Seals & Bearings and Technical Ceramics
Our thermal products are used in high-temperature industrial processing of metals, petrochemicals, cement, ceramics and glass, and by manufacturers in automotive, marine, aerospace, and domestic applications in insulation & fire protection.
Molten Metal Systems
Our Molten Metal Systems business manufactures an extensive range of high-performance crucibles and foundry consumables for non-ferrous metal melting applications.
Our electrical carbon products include electrical carbon brushes & collectors, brush holders, slip rings and linear transfer systems. We engineer high performance graphite materials, components & sub-assemblies to address technical challenges.
Seals and Bearings
Our seals and bearing products use advanced carbon/graphite, silicon carbide, alumina and zirconia materials, which we engineer into lightweight, low-friction and self-lubricating bearings and seals, predominantly used in pumps.
Our technical ceramics products are used in selected segments of the electronics and semiconductor, energy, healthcare, industrial, petrochemicals, security and transport markets, typically in close collaborative customer relationships.