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Why Ceramics?

Unique Capabilities

Ceramics are hard inorganic, nonmetallic materials with an impressive capability to hold their properties under extreme environments requiring excellent mechanical, chemical, electrical, and thermal wear resistances. Other materials may excel in one area, but advanced technical ceramics uniquely combine high-performance properties for demanding applications. 

Ceramics vs. Steel vs. Polymers

Each ceramic family is highly customizable, exhibiting unique strengths depending on its formulation and processing.

  • Aluminas: Excellent wear, and corrosion resistance. General purpose, used in a large range of applications.
  • Nitrides: Used in heaters, turbine stators, and other applications where high thermal conductivity and good mechanical properties are needed.
  • Yttria: Rare-earth oxides often used for stabilization and semiconductor processing to minimize contamination. 

  • Carbides: Very hard, used for many demanding applications from hard face seals to armor to semiconductors.
  • Silicates: "Traditional" ceramics exhibit good wear, electrical resistivity, and thermal expansion properties. Used in labware and electrical insulators.
  • Zirconias: Exhibit high toughness and fatigue resistance. Used for extreme service applications, often calling on its unique mechanical properties. Additionally, zirconias can be used for their unique capability for ion transporting.
  • Carbon & GraphiteHigh purity and unique electrical conductivity allows this ceramic to be used in both semiconductor production and electronics.
  • Quartz (Silica)Used for its ability to keep clarity and material strength in rigorous thermal and chemical environments.

Unique Material Properties

Every design is based on a set constraints, requiring certain material strengths to be emphasized.

Because of the unique capability to fine-tune the composition of each ceramic, CoorsTek can offer a large range of material properties. Through careful consideration, each ceramic material can be selected according to your specified application. 

When you need a material with multiple high-performance properties, consider CoorsTek advanced technical ceramics.

Navigating the interchange of design work and material properties can be simplified by choosing the correct material to work with at the beginning. Contact CoorsTek to work with our experts and optimize your design with advanced ceramics. 

  • 50% of Earth's Known Elements
  • 300+ Advanced Ceramic Compositions
  • Over 4 Million Custom Products

Variety and Expertise

CoorsTek has a unique vertically integrated capability to perform a potential 4 million different processing combinations — controlling the materials and processes from start to finish.

By controlling the entire production flow, CoorsTek not only has the ability to create a continuum of ceramics — including highly specialized application-specific ceramics — but also ensure that every product meets the highest standards.

Each ceramic is tailored with a unique task in mind. Unlike most metal alloys, technical ceramics do not always have the same base material.

This allows ceramics to be engineered for a full range of material properties. Some, like rare earth ceramics, are created with an extremely specific application and have a handful of formulations. Other material families have hundreds of applications and compositions, with each iteration engineered for optimal application-specific performance. 

Contact CoorsTek to begin working with a ceramics expert on your application.



  • Over 50% of Earth's Known elements


  • 300+ Unique Ceramic Compositions


  • Full range of ceramic manufacturing capabilities


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