H.C. Starck Helps Aerospace Soar to New Heights at the 2011 Paris Air Show

By H.c. Starck, PRNE
Thursday, June 16, 2011

MUNICH, June 17, 2011 -

Among the top global leaders in industrial and electronic
applications, H.C. Starck has a growing presence in the Aerospace
and Defense world. With refractory metal and ceramic applications
for everything from engines to airframes and warheads to rocket
nozzles, H.C. Starck’s diverse product portfolio provides
state-of-the-art, innovative solutions for these complex

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As aircraft turbine engines seek greater efficiency, their
designs necessitate robust materials that withstand extreme
mechanical and thermal stress. H.C. Starck provides not only
refractory metal dies to cast the precision fan assemblies, but
also the high performance powders to coat them providing an
increased service life. Thermal-spray application of thick
insulation layers on turbine blades optimizes engine performance,
diminishes backflow, lowers fuel consumption, and enables safer
engine operation.

Precision balancing of both fixed and rotary wing aircraft is
critical to reducing vibration and enhancing pilot and passenger
comfort. This is best achieved with dense, high-strength materials
compressed for optimum weight concentration. To help balance and
stabilize the control surfaces of ailerons, elevators, and rudder
sections of aircraft, helicopter rotor blades, and cockpit
instrumentation, H.C. Starck offers complex-shaped balance weights
manufactured from tungsten alloys.

Providing both build-to-print components and design assistance,
H.C. Starck provides tungsten, molybdenum, and tantalum products to
the world’s premier warhead manufacturers. In line with other
aerospace products, H.C. Starck supplies defense manufacturers
precision balance weights for missile bodies and sensor arrays.
Finally, solid rocket motors use numerous specialty compounds to
enhance thrust and refractory products to guide propulsion through
vanes and nozzles.  

Completing H.C. Starck’s portfolio is its best-in-class
extrusion and forging facility where large complex shapes are
extruded from specialty metals and alloy-based systems including
titanium, nickel, molybdenum, tantalum, niobium and other high-tech
materials for critical aircraft structural components.

“Aerospace and Defense are important markets for H.C. Starck,”
says Dmitry Shashkov, President and CEO of H.C. Starck’s Fabricated
Products Business Unit. “Our company has been supplying to some
Aerospace and Defense applications for several decades. As the
industry performance requirements continue to grow, we are making
investments in our own materials technology to support these

Visit H.C. Starck at the upcoming 2011
Paris Air Show, June 20-26, Hall 6, Stand B30
to learn about H.C. Starck’s advancements in aerospace products.

About H.C. Starck

The H.C. Starck Group is a leading global supplier of refractory
metals and advanced ceramics, and uses its own manufacturing
facilities in Europe, America, and Asia to serve growing sectors
such as the electronics, chemical, automotive, medical technology,
aerospace, energy technology, and environmental technology
industries, as well as mechanical engineering and tool
manufacturers. H.C. Starck has close to 3,000 employees

Sales, H.C. Starck - Germany, Gerald Heuer, M +49-175-59-46-504, gerald.heuer at hcstarck.com, H.C. Starck - France, Christophe Prim, T +33-6-50-29-98-72, christophe.prim at hcstarck.com; or Public Relations, H.C. Starck Group, Ulrike Reich, T: +49-89-900-942-155, ulrike.reich at hcstarck.com

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