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The history of our success

Our history is the basis for where we stand today and the motivation for tomorrow’s success. Follow the milestones to discover how H.C. Starck Tungsten Powders became one of the world’s leading tungsten suppliers.

Excerpts from our company history


Hermann C. Starck founds his metal and ore business in Berlin.


H.C. Starck purchases a majority stake in Gebr. Borchers AG in Goslar, which was founded in 1807 and had produced tungsten metal for steel processing since 1900. Apart from ores, the company also processes secondary materials containing tungsten at an early stage. For example, it processes the first carbide scrap in the 1930s.


In Goslar, tantalum oxide is produced for the first time, a compound used in the production of hardmetals.


Bayer AG acquires a majority stake in H.C. Starck.


A new tungsten carbide production facility is commissioned in Sarnia, Canada.


The Bayer Group sells H.C. Starck to a consortium of financial investors, Advent International and the Carlyle Group.


H.C. Starck founds a joint venture with Jiangxi Rare Metals Tungsten Holding Group Co. Ltd. to consolidate the tungsten business in China.


H.C. Starck founds a joint venture with Nui Phao Mining to manufacture tungsten chemicals in Vietnam.


The owners prepare the individual divisions for an independent future. In this context, the business operations of the Tungsten Powders division are transferred to H.C. Starck Tungsten GmbH.


To further the strategic development of the divisions, H.C. Starck sells the STC division to the Swedish company Höganäs AB and the Ta&Nb division to the Japanese company JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation.


Masan High-Tech Materials, a subsidiary of the Vietnamese Masan Group, acquires the tungsten business of H.C. Starck. In the process, H.C. Starck Tungsten Powders changes from private equity ownership to a strategically oriented, operational owner.