'You need a clear vision of your goal, but also a bit of luck'

By Paul Rackstraw
Published: Friday, 30 August 2019

When Erik Zobec launched Seven Refractories at the height of the eurozone crisis, few would have believed the company would go on to become one of the world’s leading monolithics producers. As Seven approaches 10 years in business, he talks to Ross Davies about its ascent.

On the face of it, 2010 was hardly the most auspicious year to launch a new business.

The Great Recession which followed the 2008-9 banking crisis in the United States and Europe cast a long shadow across the eurozone, resulting in a series of national bailouts.

Yet, while economists mulled...

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