Company History

High Temperature Insulation Products

A Brief History of Zircar Zirconia, Inc.

Bernie H. Hamling invented a process for making Uranium Oxide Fibers while at the Union Carbide Corporation in the late 1960’s. That process was further developed and applied to other ceramic oxide fibers. Zirconia fibers were the most extensively developed chemistry and a small business was started at Union Carbide to sell them. The name ZIRCAR was the winning entry in a “name the new material” contest.

Zircar Zirconia, Inc. employs this original “ZIRCAR Process” to manufacture Yttria stabilized Zirconia fibers, textiles, boards and cylinders as the basis of its business of supplying engineered insulation solutions to the fuel cell industry, crystal growers, glass manufacturers, metal alloy processors and to corporate, government and university researchers.

Zircar Zirconia, Inc. continues to progress as a corporation by researching, manufacturing and distributing advanced high temperature materials for the defense, aerospace and thermal processing industries. ZIRCAR developed tricot knit zirconia cloth separators used in nickel hydrogen satellite batteries. In 1998, all operations were moved to the newly built manufacturing and testing facility located in Florida, NY. Zircar Zirconia, Inc. was the first to bring a 1700ยบ C lab furnace to the market that operates on standard 110 V power supply. New materials for the fuel cell industry are currently being developed. Along with these advances, Zircar Zirconia, Inc. manufactures alumina, ceria, hafnia and other exotic oxide textiles and rigid insulation materials in both standard and custom machined formats.

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