and visionary

About AF Hartmetall

A pioneering spirit

AFC is headquartered in Mainleus, Upper Franconia, Germany, close to the city of Bayreuth and 100 km from Nuremberg. Our company is young and the solutions we develop are as sophisticated as they are visionary. The following pages offer an insight into what we do and how we do it. To see for yourself, visit us at our facilities. We’re proud to share our approach with our customers.

Dynamic progress

A lot has happened since the founding of AFC Hartmetall in 1999.The numbers speak for themselves: We started manufacturing around 8 tons of carbide a month with 27 employees. Today, after seven individual operational expansions, our carbide output has reached more than 60 tons a month and our annual manufacturing capacity to 1,000 tons. Our greatest asset is our staff of 135 highly motivated, knowledgeable, and talented people who work tirelessly on continuously improving our offerings.

Simply innovative

Simple ideas are often the best ideas. And it’s simple yet powerful innovations that drive the manufacturing of our specialties: carbide rods with twisted cooling ducts as well as individual coolant hole profiles and preform parts.


Highly specialized products require highly specialized know-how. We have it. Academics and engineers join forces with technical specialists for the continued development of our products and services. The result? Tool solutions that meet your manufacturing requirements, whatever they are. 

Complete service

Our customers come from all over the world, wherever big things are happening. As an independent, mid-sized company, we can respond to the individual requirements of our customers quickly and efficiently. We offer advice at eye level, on the basis of which we develop customized, precise, and economical solutions. We forge collaborative partnerships with our customers helping us deliver the best service to meet your changing needs.

AFC Hartmetall's offering:

Solid Carbide (SC) rods and blanks for increasing requirements

  • SC round rods without cooling ducts
  • SC round rods with cooling ducts:
  • Straight or twisted
  • One, two, or three cooling ducts
  • Round and oval cooling ducts
  • Bespoke cooling duct shape
  • Fixed lengths
  • Pre-grooved rods
  • Centerless ground rods
  • Ground rods with chamfer, tip, cooling duct connection
  • Preform parts

      Certified for top quality

      AFC Hartmetall’s certification in accordance with ISO 9001 underscores transparent structures, reproducible workflows, and seamless quality assurance processes. It stands for unfalteringly high quality in terms of development, manufacture, and sales of carbides. Our strict focus on the best possible quality of our services is the proof of our competence to our customers – a promise we live up to every day. Now and in the future.
      Our ISO 14001 certification underlines our commitment to sustainable management for the benefit of the environment we leave for future generations. We do everything in our power to minimize the risk for the environment, for our employees, for our customers, and for our ability to deliver.

      Since 2014 our energy management system is certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001. Thereby we want to raise awareness for a responsible use of energy resources and we aim at long-term measurable energy savings and increased efficiency.