Aachen ’17: Raw materials, consolidation troubling refractory makers

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Friday, 20 October 2017

Small and medium-sized operators in the refractories sector are worried about new pressure coming from two sides, as higher raw material costs come at a time when competition from large players getting larger through M&As.

Scarcity in the supply of raw materials and ongoing consolidation are among the leading concerns at present for players active in refractories, IM heard as the industry got together for its annual gathering in Germany this week....