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Fosbel acquires Wahl Refractory Solutions | Refractory Industry News

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Fosbel has announced the acquisition of Wahl Refractory Solutions, LLC. Fosbel headquartered in the United States, has regional locations in Germany, Brazil, Japan, India and South Africa.

Wahl Refractory Solutions, Fremont, Ohio, will now conduct business under the name Wahl Refractory Solutions, a Fosbel Company.

Wahl Refractory has been a respected manufacturer and supplier to the steel, aluminium, cement, and thermo-processing industries since 1921. A recognized leader in technology for monolithic refractories and precast refractory shapes, Wahl Refractory Solutions manufactures and provides customized refractory solutions. As the innovator in the use of steel fibres in refractories, Wahl Refractory pioneered SIFCA® (Slurry Infiltrated Fibre Castable) and has been at the forefront in design, formulation, and manufacture solutions to customers’ toughest applications.

Read - Benefits of using Steel Fibers and Organic Fibers in  Refractory Castables and other Monolithic refractories

Fosbel’s mission in providing industry specific services, engineered refractory solutions and advanced installation methods will continue with good service to its markets by leveraging its employees to implement these strategies. The integration of Fosbel and Wahl Refractory secures a future of continued growth through strengthened products and services to a broader customer base.

By making a commitment to ensure Wahl’s continuing business under the Fosbel umbrella, capital investments are being made at Wahl Refractory Solution’s manufacturing plant. Fosbel will utilize Wahl Refractory’s manufacturing and production capabilities that will result in shortened supply chains and increased inventory capacities. This will result in improved products and services for Wahl Refractory and Fosbel customers.

Fosbel has been mainly engaged in providing following industry services -

Steel and Coke Services which include: CBM-Complete Battery Maintenance, Ceramic Welding, Inspection Services, Nano Tech CW Material, Custom Design Solutions, Repair Solutions, Blast Furnace Stoves, COMIT® Condition Monitoring;

Glass Industry Services which include: CFM (Complete Furnace Maintenance), Ceramic Welding, Inspection Services, Hot & Cold Repairs, Furnace Life Asset Management & Evaluation etc.     

Both companies Fosbel and Wahl Refractory Solutions have been providing excellent customer service and new innovations to their respective markets by delivering consistent quality with repeatable performance.

Read - Indian Refractory Manufacturers: Are They Delivering Customer Delight

Refractory Industry: Magnezit expanding its production facilities at Liaoning Dalmond Refractories, China

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Magnezit Group Liaoning Dalmond Refractories

Magnezit Group has reported the commissioning of its second line for the production of unshaped refractories at Liaoning Dalmond Refractories, its Chinese production facility. 

With the new line, Liaoning Dalmond Refractories will become the biggest of Magnezit Group’s production sites in the country capable of manufacturing the whole range of unshaped refractories as well as oxide-carbon refractory bricks required in Steel and other Non-Ferrous metallurgical plants. 

The new production line occupies an area of more than 10 000 m2 and is intended for production of unshaped refractories for thermal vessels, including refractory masses and concrete products. The production capacity of the line amounts to 1500 MT of concrete products, 10 000 MT of refractory masses, 5000 pcs. of refractory bricks for purging units. The technical plan for the line was created by the Chinese Metallurgical Research Institute, Wuhan. The total investment into the project amounted to 16 million Yuan. 
Magnezit Group owns two production facilities in the People’s Republic of China – Wuxi Nanfang Dalmond Refractories and Liaoning Dalmond Refractories. In 2010 Magnezit Group brought production capacities of Liaoning Dalmond Refractories to the planned level of 100000 MTPA.
(Source: World Cement)

Refractory Industry News: CUMI to acquire Cellaris Refractories India 100 per cent

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Murugappa Group firm Carborundum Universal Limited (CUMI) has said that the company is planning to acquire the rest of the 49% stake in its joint venture Cellaris Refractories India Ltd (CRIL), in which CUMI is currently holding 51% and Israel-based Cellaris is holding 49%. According to insider, CUMI has executed a letter of intent with Cellaris, for the purchase of 6,725,250 equity shares representing the remaining 49% of the equity capital held by Cellaris in CRIL subject to necessary approvals. The JV was set up for the production of light weight Alumina Cell for refractory / insulation application.

"Cellaris Refractories India Ltd (CRIL), currently a subsidiary will become a wholly owned subsidiary of CUMI. The change in ownership is expected to speed up scaling up at Cellaris Refractories India Ltd (CRIL) and will ensure continuity of operations and product development," said CUMI announcement to Bombay Stock exchange in the last week. Carborundum Universal Limited (CUMI) is a part of the US $3.03 billion conglomerate Murugappa Group. The group is one of India's largest family promoted, professionally managed ceramic and refractory company with 34,000 employees.

The Company pioneered the manufacture of Coated Abrasives, Bonded Abrasives and super Abrasives in India in addition to the manufacture of Super Refractories, Electro Minerals, Industrial Ceramics and Ceramic Fibers. With strategic global alliances and state- of-the-art manufacturing facilities spanning the Southern Asian region, China, Russia and Africa, CUMI has achieved a reputation for quality and innovation.

Calderys Japan acquires Japanese refractory producer Tokai Ceramics

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Calderys Refractory Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Imerys with more than 100 years experience in the refractory business and now a world leader in monolithic refractories delivering refractory solutions and products manufactured in its 18 production facilities spanning across 15 countries, is definitely enjoying an exciting time so far its growth and expansion are concerned in Asian refractory market.
In its effort of Asian expansion recently in July’13, Calderys Refractory Solutions signed a Joint Venture (JV) agreement with Indonesian refractory manufacturer PT Indoporlen [Read Article] and now acquired Japanese refractory producer Tokai Ceramics.

In Japan, where Calderys has had a sales office for more than 30 years, now after the acquisition of Japanese refractory producer Tokai Ceramics, Calderys Japan will start refractory production for the first time in that country. Tokai Ceramics was previously 100% owned by Covalent Materials, a leading Japanese ceramics group, and the company operates one production facility near Nagoya. This facility produces a complete range of monolithic refractories including castables, plastics, ramming mix and precasts (PCPF) [read articles: Types and Nomenclature of Monolithic refractories (I)  Types and Classification of Monolithic refractories (II)].
Tokai Ceramics also brings to Calderys Japan an existing customer base in Japanese Refractory market especially in the ferrous and aluminium foundry industries, as well as providing opportunities for expansion into the Electric Arc Furnace, Mini-mill and Reheating Furnace using industries.

Keywords: Calderys Refractory Solutions, Tokai Ceramics, Calderys Japan, Calderys

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RHI inaugurates the largest fusion plant for Magnesia Raw Materials

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RHI AG is a renowned name in the market, development, production and service of refractories. They are the Germany-based world leader in the field of refractories with 8100 employees and production facilities in about 32 countries and more than 100 locations around the world. Currently the total volume refractories produced by RHI AG is more than 2 million tonnes p.a. of Refractory Bricks (Refractory Bricks – Shapes and Sizes), Castables, Mortars and other functional products.
RHI has built and inaugurated one of the largest fusion plants for magnesia raw materials for more than 75 million euros in Norway in this month. In this fusion plant, magnesia obtained from sea water is converted to fused magnesia, which is a high-grade refractory raw material, at temperatures about 2800OC. With a capacity of approximately 85000 tonnes per year, the plant is one of the largest worldwide. According to RHI, 120 employees will work at the plant in full operation.

“We are increasing self-supply with magnesia raw materials, which are very important for the refractories industry, to 80% and thus continue to consistently pursue our strategy of backward integration. With this new plant, we will be completely independent from Asian fused magnesia imports. And we are shortening delivery routes to the European RHI sites”, said RHI CEO Franz Struzl at a press conference at the plant in Porsgrunn, Norway.
“The Porsgrunn location offers several advantages, including the infrastructure, the support of local politics and the energy costs in Norway. In addition, we have decades of experience, which gives us a very good command of the complex process of obtaining magnesia from seawater. The construction of the fusion plant is one of the largest onshore investments in Norway in five years and is planned as a long-term investment”, said RHI plant manager Roger Gravdal.
RHI acquired this fusion plant in Porsgrunn and another raw material plant in Drogheda (Ireland) last year. Both plants are based on the extraction of magnesia from sea water. RHI thus broadened its technological base in extracting refractory raw materials and increased the number of raw material plants to eight.
RHI mines magnesite and dolomite at six locations in Austria, Italy, Turkey and China in surface and underground mining. RHI produces about 1 million tonnes of refractory raw materials per year.
The advantage of fused magnesia from Norway lies in its highly refractory properties caused by the firing process by means of electrofusion, in which the crystalline structure magnesia is improved significantly and the magnesia (MgO) content is increased to nearly 100%.
Fused magnesia from Norway is primarily used at the European RHI plants Veitsch (Austria), Radenthein (Austria), Aken (Germany) and Duisburg (Germany) and processed to end products for the steel, cement, lime, refractory and some nonferrous Metals industries.
(Source: RHI)  

IFGL Refractories starts new Refractory Unit in Gujarat to manufacture Continuous Casting Refractories

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IFGL Refractories Ltd. (IFGL) is a manufacturer of Specialized Refractories and requisite Operating Systems for the Steel Industry and offers its customers Total Refractory Solution for flow control in Steel Teeming and Continuous Casting of Steel. On 20th Oct’2011 the company has started a new state-of-the-art facility at Kandla Special Economic Zone in Gujarat to manufacture Continuous Casting Refractories.

The unit, set up under IFGL Exports Limited (IEL), was inaugurated by Mrs. Smita Bajoria the wife of Group Chairman, Mr. Shishir Kr Bajoria, Mr Pradeep Bajoria, Managing Director, IFGL Refractories, Mr. Ichiro Takita Vice President of Krosaki Harima Corporation (KHC), subsidiary of Nippon Steel Corporation of Japan, and several dignitaries and local authorities were present at the inaugural function. The new unit is expected to start commercial production from the 1st of November, 2011.

The IFGL Group now has three strategically located units for manufacturing Continuous Casting Refractories. El Ceramics (EIC), located in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), caters to the US, Canada, and Mexico. IFGL's Rourkela (Orissa) unit will henceforth be geared up to meet the increasing domestic demand and also to the steel plants located in South East Asia. IEL (IFGL Exports Limited), Kandla, will export its products to the Middle East and European markets. About 20 per cent of equity share capital of IEL is held by Krosaki Harima Corporation CKHQ, Japan, while the remaining 80 per cent is held by IFGL and other Group entities. KHC has been the equity and technical partner in IFGL for over 20 years.
IFGL acquired Monocon Group in September, 2005, with production facilities in the Brazil, China, UK, USA and Taiwan, where it is manufacturing mainly –
  • Tundish Spraying Mass
  • Refractory Darts
  • Monolithic Lances
  • Monolithics for Tundish, EAF and Ladle
  • Robotics for EAF, Ladle and Tundish lining maintenance.
In September, 2010 IFGL acquired EI Ceramics LLC and CUSC International Limited (CUSC), both Cincinnati, Ohio based companies engaged in manufacture of Isostatically Pressed Continuous Casting Refractories.

Since its inception in 1984, IFGL has gradually transcended to become an Indian Multinational Refractory Company with manufacturing facilities in Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, India, UK and USA.