Weighing the alternatives

By Alex Feytis
Published: Saturday, 24 September 2011

Raw materials supply remains one of the chief concerns of the refractories industry. IM talked to the players in the sector to understand what the potential alternatives are for minerals such as bauxite, magnesia, graphite and zircon

Increases in prices, poor availability, refractory manufacturers constantly looking to substitute lower-cost raw materials in their formulations, and above all, supply concerns. These have contributed to the raw material issue that has become a brain teaser for most refractories producers.

Among the most problematic, bauxite, magnesia, graphite and zircon are...

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