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Calucem Plans an USD 35 Million Investment in a New CAC Cement Plant in USA – the 1st Investment by Cementos Molins in USA

Specialty cement manufacturer Calucem will enhance the presence in the US market by developing a manufacturing facility in New Orleans with an investment amounting to USD 35 million. Calucem, a subsidiary of Cementos Molins, is the world’s second-largest producer of Calcium Aluminate Cement (CAC), a high-performance product applied in a variety of commercial and industrial uses. The project will create 70 direct jobs and the Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 158 indirect jobs, for a total of 228 new jobs for Louisiana’s Southeast Region.

14th IREFCON 2022

2020 marked the beginning of a decade which is likely to see refractory growth in India at a speed and scale never witnessed before. Various industry estimates peg the refractory market in India to reach 4 Mt by 2030. Not surprising since the Indian steel manufacturing industry alone has set itself a target of 300 Mt of production by 2030. Considering 75 % of refractory consumption in India is accounted for by steel, adding cement, glass and manufacturing of other non-ferrous metals to the mix suddenly makes the prospect of a 4-Mt-refractory-market look very real and reasonable.

ICR 2022 Together with futureSTEEL

On 28 September 2022, the gates will open to the annual International Colloquium on Refractories ICR in Aachen, Germany. ICR 2022 will be a scientific conference, a trade fair and a social event and run on 28–29 September 2022. The 2022 edition of ICR will be a bit different from earlier events: in 2022, futureSTEEL will be held concurrently with ICR. futureSTEEL is a conference and trade fair of the steel industry, attracting participants from steel producers, steel finishing companies and traders. Visitors of ICR® can visit futureSTEEL and vice versa for free. Exhibitors and visitors at ICR can expect 400 additional visitors from the steel industry.

Allied Mineral Products Opens Third Manufacturing Facility in China

Allied Mineral Products/US recently celebrated the opening of its newest Chinese manufacturing facility in Jiujiang Town, Nanhai District of Foshan, Guangdong Province. This new facility serves the South China market. As with each global location, this new facility produces high-quality refractory products to the same standards used at its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Since 1998, Allied has manufactured product in China with its first wholly-owned, international manufacturing location in Tianjin. Allied then expanded in Tianjin and Foshan. Today, Allied’s Chinese operations are its largest and most self-sufficient global affiliates.


Solar Park for Refratechnik Hungaria

Refratechnik Hungaria/HU is the specialist for cast refractory products in the Refratechnik Group. These include cast H-, L-, and U-cassettes, insert parts, and panels for the roofing tile and fine ceramics industries.


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Trimet: Sophisticated Alloys with a High Level of Recycled Material

Next to energy-efficient drive systems, lightweight construction materials are a key technology in the transport sector when it comes to reducing the environmental impact through increased resource efficiency. Various aspects of sustainability in mobility and the minimizing of CO2 emissions during the entire product life cycle are of particular interest in the automotive industry. An increasing focus in this respect is the outlay during production of components where up to 95 % of emissions can be saved through the use of recycled aluminium when compared to primary material use. Consequently, the demand in the industry for aluminium alloys with a high level of recycled material has increased sharply. High-strength wrought and cast secondary aluminium alloys can make an important contribution to climate targets. Trimet Aluminium SE/DE is involved in a number of research projects endeavoring to make materials of this kind with a positive life cycle assessment available.

glasstec Update International Conference: “Carbon Neutrality with Glass”

In the International Year of Glass, the glass industry will celebrate a long-awaited reunion in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 20–23 September 2022. The sector had to wait four years to once again experience the wide range of exhibitors on the topics of glass production/manufacturing technology, glass processing and finishing, for numerous glass products and applications as well as a unique and extensive supporting programme from industry and science. On the basis of in-depth conversations with experts from all stages of the value chain, five global trend themes were identified. They are considered essential for the future development of the glass industry as well as for our society as a whole. These are:

Climate (emission reduction and renewable energies)
Urbanisation (future-proof architecture with glass)
Value (sustainable value chain)
Resources (efficient and sustainable use of resources)
Wellbeing (improved quality of life through glass).

Elkem Takes 100% Ownership of Salten Energy Recovery Plant

On 15 November 2021, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre opened the new energy recovery plant at Elkem Salten in the northern part of Norway. The energy recovery plant is closely integrated with the silicon production process at Elkem Salten, utilizing the excess heat from the silicon furnaces to produce electrical power. The plant recovers 28 % of the electrical energy used at Elkem Salten, equal to the power consumption of about 15 000 Norwegian households. 

Registration for Exhibitors for the Fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST in 2023 Started

The countdown is on – companies from all over the world can register for the four trade fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST. The leading international trade fairs with congress and high-calibre programme of side events for foundry technology, castings, metallurgy and thermo process technology will be held in Dusseldorf/DE from 12–16 June 2023. 

Theodor Haase Award 2021 for Serhii Yaroshevskyi

For his master thesis Development of Steel, Ceramic and Refractory Composite Filamwents, M. Sc. Serhii Yaroshevskyi (TU Bergakademie Freiberg/DE) received in December 2021 the Theodor Haase Award.