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Clariant and STARFIRE form Strategic Alliance to Expand Applications in Nanostructured Ceramics and Coatings

Published on 2005-09-22. Author : SpecialChem

Muttenz, Schweiz -- Clariant and Starfire Systems, Inc., a world leader in polymer-derived, nanostructured ceramics located in Malta, New York, announced a broad-based strategic alliance to develop new technology and new applications in the promising field of nanostructured ceramic materials and coatings. Targeted industries include automotive, aerospace, and microelectronics, Clariant has completed a financial investment in Starfire as part of their agreement.

Starfire has demonstrated the advantages of their nanostructured ceramics in the motorcycle and automobile industry by developing brakes that provide superior performance at a fraction of the weight of conventional metal brakes. Recently, Starfire materials were successfully tested by astronauts on a spacewalk during the July U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery mission as a key component in the heat shield repair kit. Starfire nanostructured polymers and ceramics are also finding applications in the chemical process industries and can be used in the manufacture of semiconductor chips, coating systems, high temperature filters and handling of corrosive materials.

Clariant is a global leader in specialty chemicals such as multifunctional polysilazane-based coatings offering leading edge technology driven by innovative solutions. Clariant brings their global marketing reach, process expertise and production capacity to the partnership. The companies expect to uncover attractive new opportunities by combining Clariant's expertise in polysilazanes with Starfire's polycarbosilane based materials.

Starfire Systems President and CEO, Richard Saburro, commented on the agreement, "Clariant provides us with resources and market access to rapidly deploy our technology in key industries worldwide. They maintain strong relationships in the automotive and electronic industries and are a global leader in silane-based polymer technology that we expect will extend the temperature range of our materials and open up exciting new applications and markets. We are very pleased to announce this important partnership."

Hubert Liebe, Head of New Business Development at Clariant, commented, "High performance ceramics have been sought by industry for a long time but have been too costly with current technology and manufacturing methods. We look forward to working with the Starfire team to offer a new generation of high value products based on practical, high performance, nanostructured ceramics and coatings."

Starfire Systems

Starfire Systems, Inc. offers a wide range of patented silicon carbide (SiC) ceramic forming polymers and material systems that companies use to meet performance and cost targets where high temperature, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and weight are requirements that must be met .

Source: Clariant

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