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10th Freiberg Refractory Forum

The 10th Freiberg Refractory Forum will be held at Alte Mensa, 09599 Freiberg on 11 December 2019.


Ulf Frohneberg Appointed to STEULER-KCH Materials Management Team

With effect from 1 July 2019, Ulf Frohneberg has been appointed to the management team of STEULER-KCH Materials GmbH.


Patrick Kron: Independent Chairman of the Board of Imerys S.A.

Patrick Kron has been appointed Independent Chairman of the Board of Imerys S.A. as of 25 June 2019. He previously served at the company’s Board between 2003–2006.


CEMBUREAU: New President and Vice-President Elected

The European cement industry appointed its new President and Vice-President at its General Assembly in Helsinki/FI. Raoul de Parisot, Advisor to the Chairman and CEO Vicat, will take over as President from Gonçalo Salazar Leite, Vice-Chairman SECIL. Isidoro Miranda Fernandez, CEO Lafargeholcim Spain, will assume the position of Vice-President.


European Centre for Refractories Comes under New Management

For ten years, Prof. Dr Peter Quirmbach was Managing Director of ECREF – European Centre for Refractories gGmbH in Höhr-Grenzhausen. In mid-April, he handed over the management to Dr Christian Dannert and Andreas Hermann.


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Refractories for Non-Ferrous Metals

Principal non-ferrous metals

Although the combined needs of the global iron and steel industry still continue to dominate the market, the cement and glass industries refractories requirements are also increasing, and although the needs of the non-ferrous industries are relatively small in comparison, they can still provide a valuable niche market for refractories producers, looking for regular repeat business across a wide range of refrac tories materials and product types.

Gunning Manipulators for the Hot Repair

Mobile lance trolley for ladle gunning

For many years, the gunning procedure is used for the repair of refractory linings. In combination with a gunning manipulator furnaces, ladles or RH­degasser legs can be repaired in hot condition. The advan­tages of the hot repair are: higher gunning rates giving shorter repair times, higher quality of application, less physical strain on operators, and lower risk of accidents. Via integrated TV cameras, the gunning repair can be performed from the operator pulpit, and the gunning can be recorded for quality control.

Refratechnik Strengthens Involvement in China with JV in the Raw Material Sector

Refratechnik is a globally positioned group of companies and employs 1500 people at 25 sites. Dr Rainer Gaebel (RG), Managing Director at Refratechnik Holding for sales as well as research and development, was happy to explain the company’s growth strategy and the measures necessary in this context.

CEMBUREAU: A Clean Planet for All

CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, supports the Euro-pean Commission in its efforts to meet the Paris Agreement object-ives. The European cement industry shares the vision for a carbon neutral Europe. This ambition will require a joint stakeholder action across the European value chains to step up the EU’s efforts.