rwf Newsletter Hot Topics 3/2021


Elkem Launches Global Climate Roadmap: Reducing Emissions towards Net Zero while Growing Supplies to the Green Transition

Elkem/NO, a global leader in silicon-based advanced materials, announces a new climate roadmap detailing how the company plans to develop its business in line with the aim of the Paris agreement of limiting global warming to well below 2 °C. The company aims to reduce its total fossil CO2-emissions by 28 % from 2020–2031 while growing its supplies to the green transition – thereby delivering a 39 % improvement of its product carbon footprint in the same period. Elkem’s long-term goal is net zero emissions by 2050.

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Refratechnik and Horn have Jointly Opted for Production Sites in Germany

Refratechnik Steel GmbH (Düsseldorf/DE) is pleased to enter a production joint venture with Horn & Co. Minerals & Products Management GmbH (Siegen/DE), and in this context to further expand and operate the Horn Group's factory for magnesia carbon bricks in Hünsborn near Siegen as Refratechnik Horn Produktions GmbH. Refratechnik Steel, majority shareholder in the joint venture, and a company of the Refratechnik Group, has found an ideal partner for the production of MACARBON® bricks for the steelmaking industry.

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Allied Mineral Products is Celebrating its 60th Anniversary

From humble beginnings to a world leader in refractories, Allied’s/US focus is “being there worldwide” for customers with their people and products. This commitment is proven through adaptive manufacturing, timely deliveries, and on-site product installations. “We started with the idea of being there for our customers and will continue on into the future. It’s who we are to our core,” said Jon R. Tabor, Chairman and CEO. Allied’s formula for success is People + Products = Solutions. This has been the right chemistry for providing innovative solutions to the refractory industry for 60 years.

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Imerys to Increase Prices for the Refractory Market Effective 1 January 2022

For the last 18 months, the global supply chain crisis has created unique challenges across the manufacturing landscape globally. All industries have faced extraordinary events regarding raw material availability and supply. Accelerating over the lastest months, a host of market conditions have worsened, including most recently the force majeure events of key suppliers of Aaumina and zircon sand. These in combination have led to unprecedented cost pressures across logistics, raw material inputs, energy, packaging and chemicals.

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Swedish Company Makes World’s First Delivery of “Green Steel” Made without Using Coal

Swedish JV HYBRIT has made the world’s first customer delivery of “green steel,” produced without using coal, to truck-maker Volvo Group/SE, the group announced in August. Studies have shown that conventional processes emit nearly two tonnes of carbon dioxide for every tonne of steel produced, with global manufacture of the alloy accounting for about 7–8 % of greenhouse gas emissions. HYBRIT, which stands for Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology, was created in 2016 by the steel maker SSAB/SE, the mining company LKAB/SE, and the energy firm Vattenfall/SE with the aim of developing a technology for fossil-free iron-and steelmaking. “The test delivery is an important step toward a fully fossil-free iron and steel production value chain and a milestone for the HYBRIT partnership between SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall,” the HYBRIT partnership noted in a statement.

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Statement on Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms and Fit for 55 Package

The European cement industry fully supports the objectives of the European Green Deal. In its Carbon Neutrality Roadmap, the cement sector commits to CO2 emissions reduction targets by 2030 and works towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve these objectives, establishing viable business cases that secure continued growth and employment in Europe is essential. Having the first carbon-neutral cement plant in the European Union (EU) within the next decade is within reach.

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Lucchini Industries Steel Plant Uses Gunning Manipulator from VELCO

Lucchini Industries Steel Plant in Lovere/IT is using a new gunning manipulator at their electric arc furnace. It was supplied and installed by VELCO/DE and their Italian partner Sidertrading.

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FLSmidth to Acquire thyssenkrupp’s Mining Business

FLSmidth/DK and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG (a fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp AG/DE) have reached an agreement that FLSmidth will acquire thyssenkrupp’s Mining business (TK Mining) for a total consideration (enterprise value) of EUR 325 million. Closing of the transaction is expected in H2 2022 and is subject to customary approvals from relevant authorities.

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Alteo Launches REal®, a New Range of Alumina Solutions for Refractories

As a major player in the alumina industry for over a century, Alteo strengthens its leadership by offering more efficient specialty aluminas to its customers.To support refractory producers in their growth, Alteo develops its new, dedicated range of products.

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