Sweden’s Höganäs AB reports that it plans to invest several million euros in a far-reaching programme to modernise and expand its production capacities for Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC) powders at its production site in Laufenburg, Germany.
This expansion programme aims to ensure that the growing demand for TBCs from global customers can be met. TBC powders are used in the energy and aviation sectors, where thermal barrier coatings can increase the efficiency of turbines.
“By the summer of 2023, we will have significantly increased the production capacities for TBC powders through utilising several state-of-the-art production units as well as making improvements along the entire process chain,” stated Peter Thienel, Head of Operations for Höganäs in Germany.
Gas turbine technology in the energy sector is regarded as a bridging technology that should pave the way from fossil energy production to CO2 neutral energy production in the form of renewable energies. Shashi S Shukla, president EMEA at Höganäs, added, “Our powders are thus part of this solution and a vital part in driving the transition to clean energy in societies.”
Höganäs states that it has been sourcing fossil-free electricity exclusively at its German production sites in Laufenburg and Goslar since 2021. These plants are now one step closer to becoming net-zero climate neutral, contributing to the group’s objective to reach net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2045.