Astro Met provides solutions for demanding wear, corrosion, thermal and electrical applications through the engineering and manufacturing of advanced ceramic components from zirconia, alumina, zirconia toughened alumina and machinable ceramics. The company s advanced ceramics enable products to be developed and processes to be optimized. John W. Graham founded Astro Met in 1961. The company s original focus was to provide advanced ceramics and specialty metals development on a contract basis for industrial customers and government agencies. Astro Met s first two years was funded by a NASA contract to develop materials for space propulsion applications. Many of the materials developed in Astro Met s early years became standard products as the number of successful applications increased. The focus on materials development was surpassed by customer-driven requirements to engineer and manufacture components to solve problems in a wide range of applications. Astro Met is based in Cincinnati.