CoorsTek Inc., a technical ceramic supplier and manufacturer of critical components for high technology markets, formally announced the expansion of its European presence through the acquisition of VZS/Seagoe Advanced Ceramics of Glenrothes, Fife.

While CoorsTek has been manufacturing in the region for over three decades and serves customers globally from 16 facilities worldwide, this acquisition enables a significant expansion of localized manufacturing capabilities and processing services. Specifically, this facility adds roughly 4000 square meters to the company's already substantial 200,000 square meters of worldwide manufacturing capacity.

"Significantly increased demand for high performance ceramic components in many markets comprising the European Union drove our decision to expand here," stated Mark Petty, executive vice president of CoorsTek. "Our mix of technical expertise, advanced quality systems, and world-class manufacturing is allowing us to grow our business worldwide," continued Petty.

The purchase of the plant took place in March 2005. CoorsTek has since dedicated teams to upgrade operations throughout the plant to match the company's global standards including the implementation of their OpX™ manufacturing excellence program, high-purity material integration and other operational initiatives.