We co-develop new products with our customers, making available to them our capabilities in characterization of green or sintered bodies, and advising them on their own manufacturing. Each major co-development program we undertake with our customers is protected by customer-specific, strict confidentiality rules.
Properties to customer specification
Developing special, tailor-made silicon carbide powders together with our customers makes up a significant portion of the ongoing effort in the global silicon carbide innovation teams. At the end of such development process we end up with a silicon carbide powder having unique properties that will improve the customer’s manufacturing process or their end products.
Innovation in conjunction with our customers
The R&D department is dedicating significant research into developing new solutions for the Technical Ceramics industry. A number of new applications are currently emerging for Silicon Carbide, in such fields as automotive emissions control (DPF), corrosive fluid control, wear resistance, passive armor and energy-efficient technologies in the petrochemical industry.
A source of innovation
At the core of the corporate innovation strategy is a strong focus on innovation through co-development programs with our customers or external partners.
Co-development is a form of close partnership to design and create a product specifically designed to meet a market need. The aim is to work together with the customer to define the solutions that meet the requirements.
In such development processes, the R&D teams involved work together with manufacturing and sales/marketing specialists on both sides to identify optimal solutions that will benefit both parties. Major new product developments are therefore often made in close cooperation with leading customers, with whom we enter into strict confidentiality agreements.
Our partners are then 100% assured that confidential information will not be shared to a third party.