A rock and a hard place

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Friday, 08 September 2017

Demand for refractory products is evolving, forcing suppliers to upgrade their offers and processes to stay ahead of the game, while Chinese-origin raw materials are appreciating on the back of supply shortages, making productions costlier, Davide Ghilotti, IM Chief Reporter, finds.

The refractory industry has come to find itself between a rock and a hard place, faced with challenges on the supply side as well as in end markets.

While total demand for refractory products continues to reduce in the face of readjusting steel output, production is also moving downwards. For...

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