History


1920

Founded in Berlin (Germany), by Hermann C. Starck as trading company for metals ans 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
1948
Started working on tantalum recovery from residues of hard metal scrap recycling
1950
Patents for high-purity tantalum metal powders are filed
1951
Start of the first Na-reduction of K2 salt to make tantalum metal powder
1954
H.C. Starck the first company worldwide to produce synthetic concentrates from tin slags
1955
The first liquid-to-liquid extraction unit set up in Goslar
1965
The large capacity expansion – more than 100 tons of tantalum products sold
1968
Acquisition of chloride plant for high purity refractory metal chlorides production
1970
Na reduction for tantalum metal powder upgraded to 4 t/month
1977
Foundation of Hermann C. Starck Far East Co., Ltd. in Japan
1986
Bayer AG acquires a majority in H.C. Starck
1989
Acquisition 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.
1998
Patent to produce high-capacitance Ta metal powder via Magnesium reduction process
2002
Installation of first production for Mg vapour reduction of niobium and tantalum powders
2006
Capacity expansion of Mg-reduction facility for tantalum
2007
Bayer divests H.C. Starck to financial investors Advent International and Carlyle Group
2016
Foundation of H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH in Goslar. H.C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH
2018
H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH acquired by JX Mining and Metals Corporation