Milestones in the Company History of H.C. Starck

1920
Founded in Berlin (Germany), by Hermann C. Starck as a trading company for metals and ores.
1925
Foundation of H.C. Starck Inc., in New York.
1935
Acquisition of a majority in Gebr. Borchers AG in Goslar (Germany) which was founded 1807 and started its tungsten production 1889.
1935-45
During World War II, H.C. Starck in Germany becomes part of the autarkical and coercive system of the national socialist war economy. Production at that time is maintained significantly by the deployment of an estimated number of 1,500 prisoners of war, civil workers and forced laborers mostly from Eastern Europe.
1945–70
First patents for high-purity tantalum and niobium metal powders are filed; expansion and comprehensive modernization of reduction capacities for tungsten and molybdenum metal powders.
1977
Foundation of Hermann C. Starck Far East Co., Ltd. in Japan.
1986
Bayer AG acquires a majority in H.C. Starck.
1990
Starck acquires the semi-finished tantalum products activities of US based company Fansteel, including the majority of shares of V-Tech-Fansteel, a Japanese tantalum metal powders supplier.
1996
Acquisition of TTA, a Thai tantalum manufacturer, later renamed H.C. Starck (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
2000
H.C. Starck acquires a majority stake in the American CSM Group, and integrates the business as its Fabricated Products (FPR) area, headquartered in Newton (US).
2001
H.C. Starck acquires TeCe Technical Ceramics, a Selb (Germany) based former Shell subsidiary, and integrates the business into its Ceramics business area.
2007
Bayer divests H.C. Starck to financial investors Advent International and Carlyle Group.
2007-2009
Comprehensive and effective repositioning of H.C. Starck with a fully integrated business concept and focus on core competencies in five indispensible technology metals.
2010
Foundation of CS Energy Materials, a joint venture of H.C. Starck and Japan New Chisso Corporation, for the development and production of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.
2011
Foundation of a joint venture company with Jiangxi Rare Metals Tungsten Holding Group Co. Ltd. to strengthen the tungsten business in China.
2012
In July, the production of cathode materials for high-performance lithium-ion batteries, a key technology for the electrical and hybrid automotive market, goes on stream at CS Energy Material’s plant in Minamata (Japan).
2013
H.C. Starck establishes a joint venture with Nui Phao Mining for tungsten chemical production in Vietnam.