Aachen ‘17: Raw materials, consolidation troubling refractory makers

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Thursday, 14 December 2017

Small and medium-sized operators in the refractories sector are worried about additional pressures coming from two sides, as higher raw material costs come at a time when larger market participants get even larger through mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Scarcity in the supply of raw materials and continuing consolidation are among the leading concerns for market participants active in refractories, Industrial Minerals heard as the industry got together for its annual gathering in Germany in mid-October.
At the 60th International Colloquium on Refractories, held in Aachen on October 18-19,...

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