Masan High-Tech Materials Group, headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and HC Starck Tungsten Powders, based in Goslar, Germany, are bringing together their research and development activities with the establishment of an international innovation hub. From January 2023, the innovation hub will consist of approximately forty specialist employees based at both the Goslar site and at Masan Tungsten LLC in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam.
The combined team will focus on application research in pyro- and hydro-metallurgy; the optimisation of existing processes and products; and the development of new, disruptive solutions and technologies. Responsible for the integration and leadership of the expanded organisation is Julia Meese-Marktscheffel, who has led the Technology & Innovation Global (TIG) division at HC Starck Tungsten Powders since its spin-off from the HC Starck Group in 2016.
The combined resources and capabilities are intended to strengthen the company’s innovation processes, and further investments in laboratory equipment and qualification measures are planned, especially at the Masan Tungsten LLC APT factory.
“The integrated organisation will secure our technological leadership in tungsten along the entire value chain and, in addition, open up new, profitable business areas beyond tungsten,” stated Meese-Marktscheffel. “The interaction of different cultures will help us to develop and realise new ideas for trends such as electromobility or a circular economy even more effectively in the future.”
HC Starck Tungsten Powders sold to Masan Resources in 2020, a subsidiary of the Masan Group.