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We know hardmetal

Tungsten carbide is the most important material for the manufacture of hardmetals. Features like hardness and wear resistance put tungsten carbide in a class of its own. Above all hardmetal made of tungsten-carbide and cobalt has become indispensable in many areas of industrial manufacturing today. From their discovery in the 1920s to today, hardmetals made of tungsten-carbide and cobalt have undergone an incredible development process. New production processes in all sectors of industry and increasing use of special, high-performance materials required constant adaptation to new application profiles – both for carbides and for the tools made from them. Because tungsten carbide powder influences important properties of hardmetals, H.C. Starck Tungsten Powders was closely involved from the outset in the development of hardmetals made of tungsten-carbide and cobalt. Over time, we have constantly expanded the spectrum of tungsten carbide qualities. Today we offer carbide manufacturers a broad range of raw materials that meet various demands for hardness, toughness, strength, and other important characteristics of tools and wear parts.

A few facts about hardmetal


  • Cutting tools
  • Wearing parts
  • Mining bits
  • Forming dies


  • Hardness
  • Wear resistance
  • Strength


Hardmetals are manufactured from tungsten carbide and a binder metal such as cobalt or nickel.

Tungsten carbide

Tungsten carbide is ideally suited as a composite material with cobalt or nickel. Discover our tungsten carbide powders.

Tantalum and niobium carbide

Our portfolio also includes powder from tantalum and niobium carbide, which can be used in the manufacture of hardmetal and cermet.

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