Sulzer Expands Ceramic Materials Production for Demanding Coating Solutions

Growing demand from semiconductors and solid oxide fuel cell markets

(PresseBox) ( Winterthur, )
Sulzer is strengthening its position as a leading surface solutions provider with the expansion of the ceramic materials production in Barchfeld, Germany. The investment is multiplying Sulzer's production capacity for agglomerated and sintered ceramics and enhancing customer service. Ceramic materials are used in a broad range of applications to make parts last longer and function at optimal efficiency. Demand is driven by the growing semiconductor and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) markets.

"Access to technically advanced coating materials is essential for the development of many industries," said Cesar Montenegro, President of Sulzer Metco, a leading surface solutions provider. "The continuous expansion of our carbide and new ceramic production capabilities enables us to enhance our support for our customers seeking materials for coating solutions adapted to their specific needs. In addition, Sulzer Metco ensures that our customers have the best solution for their needs through our global network of application development laboratories and coating solutions centers."

Demand for Sulzer Metco's ceramic materials and coating solutions is driven by the semiconductor, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and turbomachinery industries, as manufacturers harness the properties of these materials for a variety of uses, particularly in agglomerated and sintered formats. As alternative fuel source investment continues to grow and the market for SOFCs expands, there are increasing requirements for ceramic materials, used as layers of differing purposes in these high operating temperature fuel cells.

The Barchfeld facility also develops and produces a broad range of high-quality carbides, such as those with corrosion resistant matrixes for the oil & gas and aerospace industries, as well as carbides tailored to customers' requirements with unique chemistries. Those materials are applied as thermal spray coatings, as blend materials, and as welded hardfaces. The onsite Technikum and test center evaluates the performance of all materials produced to ensure suitability for the intended application, typically for industries such as oil and gas, mining, and heavy equipment where machinery and parts must survive intensive use.
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