Tremendous wear resistance, temperature resistance and a high level of corrosion resistance make advanced ceramics an interesting alternative to other materials wherever abrasive materials are conveyed, transported, ground or mixed and wear and corrosion protection requirements are high. CeramTec ceramic components ensure long life for parts that are subject to high stress during conveying, transport or the processing of raw materials, minerals and resources or in the field of environmental technology – for instance in water treatment or recycling and processing and recycling of waste. Ceramic materials can withstand extreme temperatures and mechanical stresses in applications for generating energy in power plant engines and turbines or in systems for photovoltaics, solar thermal energy conversion, wind and water power. Technical ceramics ensure increased performance capability of plants and the environmentally friendly, efficient use of resources in energy distribution and supply from both conventional and renewable energy sources. SPK® ceramic cutting materials and tools for metal machining technology are the ideal choice for efficiently manufacturing cast iron or hardened steel components in energy and environmental applications.