Global Refractories: Facing the next production revolution

By IM Staff
Published: Friday, 08 September 2017

One of the largest markets for industrial minerals, refractories are essential for producing steel, glass, ceramics, cement and lime and for many other processes requiring high temperatures. But as Richard Flook* explains, despite their crucial role, manufacturers of these products are facing significant challenges from changing global trends.

The refractories industry is estimated to currently consume about 40m tpa of industrial minerals and has more than doubled in size in the decade between 2000 and 2010, mainly due to rapid industrialisation in China.

Major markets for refractories are the production of steel, cement and glass and the processing...

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