RHI Magnesita Acquired a Plant from Manishri in India
“The purchased plant fits in with our short-term and mid-term growth strategy in India. The plant will produce magnesia carbon brick, where there is huge potential in the Indian market and to date we have had no local supply source. This acquisition will help us to reach those segments and further expand our footprint in India,” said Parmod Sagar, CEO of Indian operations at RHI Magnesita. Orient Refractories Ltd., the publicly listed Indian subsidiary of RHI Magnesita, signed an asset purchase agreement with Manishri for one plant along with land, machines, and equipment at a value of EUR 5,5 million.
The plant is strategically located, with multiple major steel plants within a 300 km radius, and is near a port at Cuttack in the state of Odisha. The Indian unit of RHI Magnesita will use the facility to produce magnesia carbon bricks. There are also plans to set up a recycling unit at the plant. Once production starts, it will be RHI Magnesita´s first facility in India for making magnesia carbon bricks. This will help RHI Magnesita cater to Indian customers with locally manufactured magnesia carbon bricks, which have had to be imported up to now. RHI Magnesita already has a facility at Vizag in India for manufacturing high alumina bricks.