May 17, 2023

Combining maximum performance and recycling

Thanks to upGRADE, CERATIZIT has taken another major step towards a more sustainable future

CERATIZIT S.A., Mamer, Luxemburg (headquarters), 17 May 2023


At LIGNA 2023 in Hanover, carbide specialist CERATIZIT will unveil upGRADE, its brand-new carbide grade. Combining maximum performance and recycled carbide, upGRADE represents a crucial step towards increased sustainability in wood machining.

In the new upGRADE grade KLC20+, the 'LC' stands for low carbon—and the name does in fact say it all. By using recycled carbide, CERATIZIT is not only able to significantly reduce CO2e emissions1,  but has become a leader in the circular economy for woodworking tools.


Optimized recycling methods

More than 99% of raw material used in KLC20+ comes from optimized recycling processes, meaning the material used is not obtained from ores, but rather secondary raw materials. Therefore, upGRADE meets CERATIZIT’s high quality standards and is on par with other grades produced from primary raw materials.


Top performance with minimized CO2e emissions

Thanks to these recycling methods, we can significantly reduce CO2e emissions without sacrificing any product performance. upGRADE thus delivers customers the highest quality, while simultaneously reducing their own CO2 footprint.

The new grade KLC20+ is currently available for knives, rods and saw tips. To learn more about upGRADE, please visit E-Techstore.



1 A carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) is a metric measure used to quantify the CO2 impact of emissions from various greenhouse gases.


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CERATIZIT – with passion and a pioneering spirit for hard materials

For over 100 years, CERATIZIT has been a pioneer in developing exceptional hard material solutions for machining and wear protection. The private company, with registered offices in Mamer, Luxembourg, develops and produces highly specialised cutting tools, indexable inserts, rods made from hard materials and wear parts. The CERATIZIT Group is the global market leader in various application segments and successfully develops new carbide, cermet and ceramic grades, such as for wood and stone working.


With 7,000 employees at 30 production facilities and a sales network with over 50 branches, CERATIZIT is a global player in the carbide industry. The company's international network includes subsidiary Stadler Metalle and joint venture CB-CERATIZIT.


The technology leader is continually investing in research and development and holds 1,000 patents. Innovative hard material solutions from CERATIZIT are used in various sectors, including mechanical engineering and toolmaking, in the automotive and aerospace industries and in the oil, gas and medical industries.