ESK-SIC and Kyocera to cooperate on sustainable production of silicon carbide

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ESK-SIC, a supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) materials, and Kyocera, a technology company specialising in the manufacturing of technical ceramics and semiconductor technologies, have entered into a strategic partnership.

The two companies will work together to develop solutions for the sustainable production of silicon carbide and the associated end products. By-products and end-of-life ceramics will be recycled using RECOSiC technology to produce raw materials that are specifically tailored to various end applications.

Silicon carbide is a key material for a wide application range in various industries, including the electronics and automotive industries as well as energy supply. The unique properties of SiC, such as extreme hardness, good thermal resistance and low wear, make it a vital material in modern high-conductivity applications.

The partnership between the two companies aims to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the entire silicon carbide value chain and will involve developing new manufacturing technologies, optimising production processes, researching new applications and establishing circular economy principles for the recycling of SiC materials.

“This collaboration with Kyocera will open up promising avenues for us to continue tapping into the potential of RECOSiC and create sustainable solutions for future challenges,” said Matthias Hausmann, Managing Director of ESK.

Kyocera said that it would bring its materials science expertise, electronics and advanced manufacturing technologies to the partnership.

“By combining our strengths, we will be able to drive the development of technologically advanced SiC products and offer solutions that meet the increasing demands for performance, efficiency and environmental compatibility,” explained Dr Nikolaos Katsikis, Director Research and Development (CTO), KYOCERA Fineceramics Europe in Selb.