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Why Choose Ceramics?

The Unique Capabilities of Engineered Ceramics

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

Ceramics vs. Steel vs. Polymers

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

  • Alumina: Excellent all around performance. A general purpose ceramic, alumina is used in a large range of applications.
  • Aluminum Nitride: Exceptionally high thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity, used in high-temperature thermal cycling environments.
  • Boron Carbide: Combines extreme hardness and low density, often used in ballistic armor.

  • Silicates: "Traditional" ceramics used in labware and electrical insulators due to good wear, electrical resistivity, and thermal expansion properties.
  • Silicon Carbide: Versatile material which uses outstanding wear and corrosion resistance in addition to a range of tailorable properties.

Silicon Nitride: Excellent toughness, strength, and thermal shock resistance used in applications with high dynamic and thermal stresses. 

  • Tungsten Carbide: Uses outstanding strength and high thermal conductivity for severe-service applications.
  • Zirconia: Utilizes exceptional toughness, strength, and fatigue resistance for extreme service applications. Additionally, certain zirconia compositions can be used for their unique capability for ion transporting.
  • Specialty: Specialty ceramics have engineered features that make them particularly suited for a specific application.

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
Technical Ceramic Properties Chart

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
CoorsTek Periodic Table of Elements


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