Ceramic Industry

RHI Opens Largest Raw Material Fusion Plant Outside of China

November 21, 2012

RHI recently announced it has built one of the largest fusion plants for magnesia raw materials for more than €75 million (~ $95 million) in Norway.

In this fusion plant, magnesia obtained from sea water is reportedly converted to fused magnesia, a high-grade refractory raw material, at temperatures about 2,800°F. With a capacity of approximately 85,000 tons per year, the plant is one of the largest worldwide. Some 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,” said Franz Struzl, CEO. “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.”

“The Porsgrunn location offers several advantages, including the infrastructure, the support of local politics and the energy costs in Norway,” said Roger Gravdal, plant manager. “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.”

For additional information, visit www.rhi-ag.com