Refractories Worldforum - Hot Topics 3/2019

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Eisenmann Pushes Strategic Reorientation in Insolvency

Eisenmann SE/DE filed end of July 2019 a petition for the opening of insolvency at Stuttgart District Court/DE with the aim of accelerating the restructuring and strategic reorientation of the Eisenmann Group, which began in March 2019. Applications were also submitted to Eisenmann Anlagenbau GmbH & Co. KG, Eisenmann Lactec GmbH and ENisco GmbH & Co. KG and Eisenmann Thermal Solutions GmbH & Co KG.

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RHI Magnesita Half Year Results 2019: Robust Performance Despite Difficult End Markets

RHI Magnesita/AT, announced its results for the six months ended 30 June 2019. Stefan Borgas, CEO RHI Magnesita, said: “despite difficult end markets, we have seen a very strong performance from our Industrial Division, offsetting a slightly softer performance from the Steel Division in more challenging market conditions.” 

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Alteo Implements a New Logistics Center in France to Serve Europe

Alteo/FR, worldwide player in specialty alumina, will open, in 2020, a new logistics center in the Northern part of France.

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Höganäs Borgestad and the INTOCAST Group Terminate Cooperation

The Agency Agreement between Höganäs Borgestad/SE and INTOCAST Group/DE was terminated by mutual agreement with effect of 30 September 2019. Both Groups underwent substantial changes in 2018 and are now focusing on their own long-term goals.

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Seminar “REFRACTORIES – Key Technology and its Applications”

The seminar “REFRACTORIES – Key Technology and its Applications” at the European Centre for Refractories in Germany, is endorsed by the European Refractories Producers Federation PRE and will be held from 3–5 September 2019 in Höhr-Grenzhausen/DE.

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10th Freiberg Refractory Forum

The 10th Freiberg Refractory Forum/DE will be held at Alte Mensa, 09599 Freiberg on 11 December 2019. Invited speakers are Prof. Dr Helge Jansen (Refratechnik Steel/DE), Uwe Kremer (Trimet Aluminium SE/DE), Dr Hans-Jürgen Schneider (Calsitherm/DE), Ondrej Jankosky (University of Chemistry and Technology Prague/CZ) and Tony Wetzig (Bergakademie Freiberg/DE).

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IREFCON 2020: The 13th India International Refractories Congress

IREFCON 2020 will be held in Kolkata/IN at the Westin Rajarhat on 12–14 February 2020. Rinus Sebring from Tata Steel Europe is invited as keynote speaker.

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Industrial Pioneers Summit Gearing up for Second Season

Following its successful debut this year, the Industrial Pioneers Summit will be entering its second season HANNOVER MESSE/DE in April of 2020. Some 500 participants from around the world are expected to attend the event on 22 April 2020 being staged under the tagline Industrial Transformation. At the Industrial Pioneers Summit, various experts will be discussing the technological and social challenges posed by the increasing digitization of industrial processes in the future.

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Elkem Silicon Materials Expands its Milling Capabilities

As one of the leading global silicon producers with more than 85 years of metallurgical competence and production, Elkem Silicon Materials/NO is serving the ceramics and refractories industry with a broad range of silicon powders. In addition to standard, off-the-shelf products Elkem also offers tailored products to meet customer needs, both with respect to size and chemistry.

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Eirich Mixing Granulators Part of the Granulation Course at the University of Sheffield

Very few institutes and universities in Europe have in-depth expertise in granulation technology. Every year, the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) in Dresden/DE offers basic and advanced courses for customers in the ceramics industry. The University of Sheffield/GB stages the International Granulation Workshop every second year, which consists of a two-day Granulation Course followed by a three-day Granulation Conference. The event used to be targeted at the food and pharmaceutical industries, but the horizon now extends to all industries. The Workshop was held for the 9th time on 8–10 July 2019.

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