Alteo: Abrasive ambition

By IM Staff
Published: Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Gardanne, France-based Alteo is a leading supplier of speciality alumina products to the global refractories and ceramics industries, but its main focus is on abrasives, as it seeks to capitalise pockets of “tightness” in supply. In order to take advantage of slim opportunities in what is a fiercely competitive market, the company has had to reinvent itself as a business with a reputation for reliability and consistency, Diego Audemard, commercial director for Alteo ARC Fused Aluminas, told IM.

What is the breakdown of your business in terms of product focus and profitability?

We sell our products into three main applications. In order of annual production volumes, these are abrasives, refractories and ceramics.

Refractories is our second biggest segment by volume but ranks third in terms of profitability, whereas...

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