History of Schunk Xycarb Technology


Market Study by Joseph Schneider (Harvard Business School)


Alectro BV, Lomm (near Venlo), commisioned the Schneider study and took the European representation of Ultra Carbon Inc., Bay City, Michigan USA. Ultra was later sold to Le Carbone-Lorraine, (subsidairy of pechiney). Gerald Varter, Indivers director, became managing Director of Semiconductor division Alectro.


Alectro's parent NV Indivers, Amsterdam, and Ultra Carbon set up a 50/50 Joint Venture - Xycarb in Helmond. Directors: Engelbert Twaalfhoven (Indivers), Raymond Baney (Ultra), David Sheldon (Ultra), and Professor J. Erkelens (Ultra), TH Eindhoven.


Xycarb and Alectro became 100% subsidiaries of NV Intech - Indivers having sold their interests to a consortium of banks and management.


The division Industrial Applications became independent as Intech Technology N.V.


Intech focused splitting into two: Intech EDM Group and Intech Ceramic Group


Louwers glass technique was sold to Mr. T. Louwers. The semiconductor activities were incorporated into Xycarb Ceramics B.V.


Schunk GmbH became 100% shareholder of Xycarb Ceramics B.V.


Establishment of Xycarb Ceramics Georgetown (USA)


Establishment of Xycarb Ceramics subsidiary in Singapore


Pure excellence in People, Products, Processes and Presence. Wim van Velzen retires from his position as CEO after 28 years of service, since taking on his role in 1984. Peter Spit, CEO and Arjen Costermans, COO are handed-over the management of Xycarb Ceramics and continue the drive for Excellence.


Establishment of Xycarb Ceramics Taiwan Repair center


Pure Excellence in People, Products, Processes and Presence. Excellence which has been driven since 1981 in order to be the leading global supplier of integrated packages for Quartz, Graphite and Advanced Technical Ceramics products and related services for the Semiconductor, LED and Solar Wafer Processing Industries.