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  • 'You need a clear vision of your goal, but also a bit of luck'

    Friday, 30 August 2019

    When Erik Zobec launched Seven Refractories at the height of the eurozone crisis, few would have believed the company would go on to become one of the world’s leading monolithics producers. As Seven approaches 10 years in business, he talks to Ross Davies about its ascent.

  • Brick by brick: Building an international refractory maintenance company

    Friday, 30 August 2019

    US-based Bricking Solutions has been in the refractories kiln maintenance business for more than 50 years and has been led by managing director Heather Harding since January 2019. She shares her views on the business she runs and the wider refractories industry.

  • Steely determination: The revival of India’s refractories sector

    Friday, 30 August 2019

    Indian refractories output rebounded in 2018, after three successive years of decline. Sunder Singh analyzes what was behind the shift in the industry’s fortunes and hears reasons for both optimism and consternation, from some of the market’s key participants.

  • Will the Chinese supply crisis continue during the Year of the Pig?

    Thursday, 31 January 2019

    Refractories bounced back in 2018, driving demand for bauxite and alumina raw materials, but the market continues to face what is becoming a perennial state of crisis affecting supply from China.

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