Ceramic Industry

RHI Doubles Production Capacity at Plant in India (posted 10/1/08)

October 1, 2008

In order to meet the soaring demand for high-grade refractory solutions worldwide, RHI has opened a second production line in Venkatapuram, India, doubling capacity to approximately 50,000 annual tonnes. In December 2006, the RHI Clasil Ltd. plant in Venkatapuram was commissioned within the framework of a 51% joint venture. The plant manufactures bricks and mixes made of alumina raw materials (corundum, bauxite, fireclay), as well as prefabricated building parts and slide gates primarily for the steel and cement industries.

Due to the continuously increasing global demand for refractory products, especially by the steel and cement industries, a second production line has now been opened. This enables the company to double production to a total capacity of some 50,000 annual tonnes of refractory products. The production line was opened in the presence of RHI CEO Andreas Meier and the joint venture partner.

The objective is to conquer the glass, nonferrous metals and environment, energy and chemicals market segments in India with the extended capacity, and to expand the company’s position as one of the most important local suppliers of the cement and steel industries. RHI is reportedly the largest importer of refractory products in India, with the imports coming from RHI’s plants in Austria, Germany and China. In order to provide optimum service for the customers in this emerging market, it is important for RHI Clasil to increase its presence and to offer complete solutions also from local production.

RHI’s website is located at www.rhi-ag.com.