Nui Phao H.C. Starck Tungsten Chemicals Manufacturing

In June 2013, H.C. Starck and Nui Phao Mining announced the signing of definitive agreements to establish a joint venture.

Nui Phao Mining is a subsidiary of one of Vietnam`s largest private sector group. The company owns one of the largest known Tungsten deposits outside of China with an expected life of more than 15 years. Nui Phao and H.C. Starck will own 51% and 49% respectively of the joint venture, which will process all of Nui Phao’s tungsten concentrate into higher value-add tungsten chemicals, including ammonium paratungstate (APT) and blue tungsten oxide (BTO).

APT and BTO are intermediary chemicals used for the production of high speed cutting and drilling tools which are in high demand from growing industries such as mining and mechanical engineering, medical technology, and the automotive and energy industries. APT is also used for catalyst production in the chemical industry. The joint venture company will have an installed capacity of 6,500 tons tungsten trioxide per annum.

A few months after signing the contract, construction of the new production facilities started in the Vietnamese province of Thai Nguyen. Start of production is expected by mid 2015.


H.C. Starck Jiangwu Tungsten Specialties (Ganzhou) Co.

H.C. Starck Jiangwu Tungsten Specialties (Ganzhou) Co., Ltd was founded in 2012 by H.C. Starck  and Jiangxi Rare Earth & Rare Metals Tungsten Group, one of the largest Chinese Tungsten mine operators. 

Based on the agreements, the Joint Venture consists of two companies located in the Chinese city of Ganzhou. Each partner holds the majority share in one of the two JV companies: JXTC in the production plant for ammonium paratungstate and tungsten oxide; H.C. Starck in the one for tungsten metal powders and tungsten carbides. The establishment and development of these two joint ventures will support the high-tech development of the tungsten industry in Jiangxi as well as in Asia. Production started in first half of 2014.

Ganzhou, also called "the tungsten capital of the world", is one of the largest cities in the Province of Jiangxi, which has large, natural-tungsten deposits. Advanced tungsten products are used for the manufacturing of high performance cutting tools, wear parts and mining tools as well as heavy alloy parts and high purity sputtering targets with applications in a variety of growth industries like automotive, aerospace, drilling and mining as well as medical and electronics industry.