rwf Newsletter HOT TOPICS 1/2023
rwf Newsletter HOT TOPICS 1/2023
Refratechnik: The Motive Power for Industrial Sustainability and Quality
Dr Rainer Gaebel, Managing Director at Refratechnik Holding/DE, gave us the opportunity to find out more about Refratechnik’s corporate philosophy (with its around 2000 employees at 27 sites), that is to live sustainability.
worldsteel Short Range Outlook
The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has released in April 2023 its Short Range Outlook (SRO) steel demand forecast for 2023 and 2024. worldsteel forecasts that this year, demand will see a 2,3 % rebound to reach 1822,3 Mt. Steel demand is forecast to grow by 1,7 % in 2024 to reach 1854,0 Mt. Manufacturing is expected to lead the recovery, but high interest rates will continue to weigh on steel demand. Next year, growth is expected to accelerate in most regions, but deceleration is expected in China.
Maritta Lepp Takes over as Exhibition Director for ceramitec
ceramitec has a new Exhibition Director: Effective immediately, Maritta Lepp has taken over from Dr Robert Schönberger, who nevertheless remains on board as Head of the International Ceramitec Cluster. Through this step, Messe München/DE is expanding the team for ceramitec again in order to continue to drive forward its development.
CEMBUREAU Statement on EU Green Deal Industrial Plan
CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association welcomes the objectives of the Green Deal Industrial Plan issued in February by the European Commission. The EU needs a strong response to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), that allows to maintain the EU’s industrial leadership and deploy green technologies as soon as possible.
RHI Magnesita Announced the Acquisition of Seven Refractories
RHI Magnesita/AT announced in April 2023 the acquisition of the Europe, India and US operations of Seven Refractories; acquisition will complement RHI Magnesita’s existing non-basic refractories portfolio and open new opportunities in the development of low CO2 emitting manufacturing technologies.
Seven Refractories is a specialist supplier of non-basic monolithic refractory mixes with broad applications across all the company’s customer segments including iron and steel, cement, aluminium and non-ferrous metals. Non-basic refractory mixes are expected to become increasingly important with the development of new low CO2 emitting manufacturing technologies within RHI Magnesita’s key customer industries.
Refractories Global Market Report 2023
The global refractories market grew according to research and markets from USD 26,55 billion in 2022 to USD 27,91 billion in 2023 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5,1 %. The Russia-Ukraine war disrupted the chances of global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in the short term. The war between these two countries has led to economic sanctions on multiple countries, a surge in commodity prices, and supply chain disruptions, causing inflation across goods and services and affecting many markets across the globe. The refractories market is expected to grow to USD 31,25 billion in 2027 at a CAGR of 2,9 %.
GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST 2023 as a Strong Platform for the Energy-Intensive Metallurgical Industry Offers a Strong Framework Program
From 12–16 June 2023, Dusseldorf/DE will become the centre for the international casting and metallurgical industries: the world’s leading trade fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST, which are held every four years and together cover the complete spectrum of foundry technology, castings, metallurgy and thermoprocess technology, are particularly in demand in the energy-intensive sectors this year as current challenges fuel digitalisation in the metal technology sector and its search for sustainable and forward-looking solutions. More than 2000 exhibitors from over 50 countries will pick up global trends and showcase the complete spectrum of current technologies and products in twelve exhibition halls. The Hot Topics of the Bright World of Metals read: decarbonisation of the metallurgical industry, ecoMetals, circular economy, digitalisation, Additive Manufacturing processes as well as e-mobility and lightweight automotive construction.
Salzgitter AG Receives Official Notice of Government Funding for the SALCOS® Low-CO2 Steel Production Program
German Federal Minister of Economics and Vice Chancellor Dr Robert Habeck and Stephan Weil, Minister President of Lower Saxony, have jointly handed over official notice of funding for the SALCOS®-Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking transformation program to Salzgitter AG/DE at the Hanover Fair in April 2023.
Heidelberg Materials to Buy Fly Ash Recycler SEFA Group
Germany-based Heidelberg Materials /DE has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire SEFA Group Inc., the largest fly ash recycling company in USA. Based in Lexington, South Carolina, the operations of the SEFA Group include five business units, five utility partners, 20 locations and more than 500 employees. The group currently supplies quality fly ash to more than 800 concrete plants in 13 states.
Carbon Capture Firm MOF Technologies Rebrands to Nuada
2MOF Technologies, a Northern Ireland-based company whose technology efficiently captures CO2 directly from industrial sources, is rebranding to Nuada. The new name is an ode to the company’s Celtic origins and is inspired by the ancient mythical king, Nuada, whose name means “to capture”.back to newsletter overview