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Going "Green" Garners H.C. Starck the Evolution of Manufacturing Award

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NEWTON, Mass., March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- For the second year running, H.C. Starck was among 11 companies honored at the 2012 Northeast Ohio Evolution of Manufacturing Awards sponsored by Smart Business magazine. Recognized for its excellence in manufacturing execution and implementation of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and a Sustainable Energy Management system, H.C. Starck also realized benefits from going "green".

Going "green" means total compliance with local, state, federal, and international environmental regulations. In addition, H.C. Starck's materials contribute to the energy efficiencies of electronic devices such as smart phones, tablet PCs, and HDTVs, fuel efficiency of airplanes, and "green" energy generation by solar panels. A joint venture to develop and manufacture cathode materials for high-performance lithium-ion batteries to power electric cars ranks high on its list of green initiatives.

"We are honored to receive this award in Euclid for the second year. Since 2011, H. C. Starck has increased its involvement in environmentally friendly technologies such as solar power, "green" energy generation and transmission, and energy-efficient lighting such as LED," says Dmitry Shashkov, President and CEO of H.C. Starck's Fabricated Products business segment. "This award reflects our ongoing commitment to both our employees and communities, as well as to larger environmental issues that H. C. Starck products can help address."

Along with the gamut of technology innovations comes an increase in social and environmental responsibility. H.C. Starck embraced this challenge with key Responsible Care® programs to address pollution prevention, process safety, environmental, health, and safety, community awareness and emergency response.

H.C. Starck benefited from its "green" initiatives when it was certified as a Sony Green Partner in 2011 for having an Environmental Quality Assurance System in place to meet Sony's strict international environmental standards.

As a responsible corporate citizen, H.C. Starck meets and continually strives to exceed governmental, industry and environmental standards worldwide. To ensure this, H.C. Starck has implemented various internal management systems. These are based on international standards and encompass all areas of the company. H.C. Starck's Responsible Supply Chain Management (RSCM) system ensures efficient and competitive sourcing of conflict free raw materials that meet the requirements of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. The EICC has declared H.C. Starck's tantalum supply chain free of conflict materials and lists H.C. Starck as a Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS). Ultimately, most the metals, materials, and parts that H.C. Starck manufactures are recyclable at the end of their respective use.

About H.C. StarckH.C. Starck is a leading global supplier of refractory metals and technical ceramics, and serves growing industries such as the electronics, chemicals, automotive, medical technology, aerospace, energy technology, and environmental technology industries, as well as mechanical engineering and tool manufacturers. H.C. Starck has 12 manufacturing facilities located in Europe, America, and Asia, with close to 3,000 employees worldwide.

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