ALBANS, Vt.—Superior Technical Ceramics (STC) recently announced its acquisition of Santa Ana, California-based IJ Research, a manufacturer specializing in sapphire-to-metal brazed hermetic assemblies. The acquisition closed on December 24, 2020, STC said in a release.

“We are delighted to add IJ Research to the portfolio,” said Peter Morten, CEO of STC, in the release. “Their brazing and sealing capabilities expand our technical capabilities for key customers and provide multiple opportunities for vertical integration. Moreover, like us, they have earned a well-deserved reputation for working in markets that require complex and challenging materials solutions. These include the defense, aerospace, medical, and analytical instrumentation industries, which are all growth markets. We’re excited by the many opportunities we see for synergies and enhanced customer relationships as we move ahead.”

IJ Research, Inc. specializes in applications that include electrical feedthroughs and opto-electronic windows, along with various sapphire-to-metal brazed hermetic assemblies. The firm provides a broad range of services for customers with demanding engineering requirements, including conceptual design, research and development, materials selection consulting, and prototyping through to manufacturing.

“We are excited to be a part of STC,” said Rick Yoon, Ph.D., former CEO and owner of IJ Research, in the release. “The firms are a natural fit in many ways, as we both share similar cultures, each with a deep respect for engineering talent, a nimble working style, and a shared vision for customer-centric servicing. The fact that we share work with customers in many of the same markets illustrates the opportunities that now exist for integrated offerings and mutual growth.”

As a manufacturer of technical ceramics, STC ( serves the aerospace, defense, analytical instrumentation, energy, oil and gas, and semiconductor industries, among others. The company has more than 135,000 square feet of manufacturing space in northern Vermont and is certified to ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D. It is also ITAR registered and compliant with REACH and RoHS.

IJ Research ( serves industries such as medical, aerospace, defense, oil, and telecommunications. Applications for the company’s work have included microwave windows, biomedical electrical connectors, and optical lenses, as well as components for nuclear facilities, X-ray machines, and X-band radars.

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