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The first 2500°C industrial furnace, for higher efficiency and up to 5 times higher strength materials

Objective

With nearly 50 years of experience and holding international field offices in China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Brazil, Russia, Turkey and Italy, CREMER Thermoprozessanlagen GmbH is one of the world leading companies in industrial furnaces. Always working at the edge of technology, our company is specialized in pusher furnace systems with graphite coating, operating at extremely high-temperatures, above 2000°C. These systems are used in Carburizing processes of powder Carbides, such as Tungsten Carbide (WC).
The European economic downturn, that has particularly affected large industrial sectors, impelled the necessary economic recovery. As one of the consequences, the demand for higher strength materials has significantly increased. These materials are required for their longer use-life and higher overall performance, allowing for lower operational costs.
One of the most common Carbide powders is the Tungsten Carbide (WC). WC powder is used in many different applications and across multiple large industrial sectors, including utomotive and Aerospace Manufacturing, Construction, Surface and Underground Mining, Oil & Gas Exploration, as well as in many Manufacturing Industries (e.g. Paper, Textiles; Electronics).
The global Tungsten Carbide powder market is expected to grow from 13.60 billion € in 2016 to 22.91 billion € in 2026, at a CAGR of 5.4%. Demand for other Carbides, such as Tantalum Carbide or Niobium Carbide, is also increasing. Tests have proven that Tungsten Carbide (WC) powder produced at 2500°C is 3 to 5 times higher strength than the same material produced at 2200°C. The problem is that, at industrial scale, there are no such furnaces able to operate at 2500°C.
CARBIDE 2500 is the first industrial furnace capable of operating at 2500°C, making it possible to produce the highly demanded higher strength Carbides. With a potential market estimated at 1.08 billion € in 2020, a yearly urnover of 45.73 million €, in 2024, is expected with CARBIDE2500.

Call for proposal

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

SME-2 - SME instrument phase 2

Coordinator

CREMER THERMOPROZESSANLAGEN GMBH
Address
Auf Dem Flabig 6
52355 Duren
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 931 700