ceramitec 2015 Will Offer Multiple Opportunities for Refractories Manufacturers
ceramitec 2015, to be held October 20-23 in Munich, Germany, will offer refractory manufacturers the opportunity for dialog with suppliers from the mechanical engineering and kiln construction sectors, as well as networking with raw materials suppliers and recycling specialists. In turn, refractories suppliers will present their ideas to attendees in Hall A2.
The European refractories industry has a share of 10% in the world market and employs some 20,000 people. It sells 40% of its products outside the European Union (EU), which underlines its global network.
The steel industry alone consumes some 70% of the world’s refractories. Consolidation in the worldwide steel market and the associated concentration of the purchasing power have exerted increasing pressure on the refractories industry in recent years.
Raw materials account for the largest share of refractories manufacturing costs in terms of both formed and unformed masses. Consequently, the refractories industry is continually working on innovations for materials, processing methods and refractory construction. Raw material consumption has steadily declined over the past several years for the different user segments due to continuous, practice-oriented research work.
In the leading industrialized countries, the refractories industry gives top priority to energy and material efficiency in all production steps. Key issues include the availability and longevity of the installed systems, continuous supervision of the production processes, and reliable product quality.
Since it is becoming increasingly difficult to dismantle refractories once they are no longer in use, the topic of recycling is more important than ever. New EU rules also encourage this type of waste be recycled. Although regenerated refractories are pre-reacted products, their treatment is cost-intensive because impurities require thorough removal in order to ensure recyclability.
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