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RHI AG – 50 Years of Refractory Research in Leoben

Today RHI AG is the global technology leader with 31 production sites on four continents and has concentrated its worldwide research and development activities in Leoben. More than 150 employees continuously work on the research and further development of existing refractory products and raw materials in state-of-the-art industrial laboratories and test facilities. RHI invests roughly EUR 20 million per year in research and development, an above-average amount in the industry. The federal and provincial governments provide financial support for the numerous research projects.  The successful research activities in cooperation with customers, international research institutions and universities, above all the University of Leoben, have laid the foundation for RHI AG’s excellent reputation in the refractories technology. More than 500 patents and 1500 industrial property rights reflect these intensive research activities. The Technology Center Leoben has received multiple awards for the scientific papers of its research staff. The Technology Center also comprises other important departments, among them worldwide purchasing and logistics, quality management, the technical department and production control. RHI celebrated this anniversary with current and former employees, partners, customers, and guests from politics and business at a ceremonial act on 15 October 2010. In their speeches they particularly emphasised the importance of operations research and development for jobs and the industry location Austria. Following the ceremony, the guests participated in a guided tour of the Technology Center. On the same day more than 200 students visited the Technology Center and gained insight in the work areas during a tour of the Technology Center where they learned more about RHI’s refractories world. The explanation that hardly any product used in daily life – from water glasses to mobile telephones – can be produced without refractory products caused an aha-experience among the students. On 16 October guided tours of the Technology Center took place all day during an Open House Day. RHI is the world market and technology leader in high-grade ceramic refractory products and services and is based in Vienna, Austria. The Group employs roughly 7300 people worldwide at 31 production sites and roughly 70 sales offices. In the first half of 2010, RHI reported revenues of EUR 741 million (financial year 2009: EUR 1,2 billion).  (10/2010)

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