The technology of thermal spraying is approaching maturity, and in the quest to reduce production costs whilst maintaining coating quality, attention is turning increasingly to more cost-effective routes for the manufacture of the starting powders. One such route is self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS), which reduces the required energy input for powder production. In this work, TiC-Ti+Ni and (Ti, W)C-Ni powders produced by the SHS process have been studied in the as-received and as-sprayed states, to evaluate the suitability of SHS powders for the production of wear-resistant coatings. The starting powders and the coatings produced by atmospheric-plasma and HVOF spraying have been characterised using analytical (XRD, EDS) and microscopical techniques (optical, SEM). The technological properties of the as-sprayed coatings have also been characterised, including hardness, wear resistance (using a Rubber-Wheel test (ASTM G-65)) and corrosion resistance (in marine water environment).