Refractory clays stuck in the mud

By Alex Feytis
Published: Monday, 21 September 2009

The refractory clay industry, still suffering the effects of the economic downturn, is starting to show cautious optimism for recovery by Alexandra Feytis, Assistant Editor

Four years ago, the refractory clay market was robust owing to the strong performance of the steel market. But during the third quarter of 2008, the industry saw a dramatic U-turn when the market started to crash. Steel production, a good indicator of refractories demand, declined worldwide, dropping 51% in...

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