May 21

Alteo: serving the speciality markets

As non-metallurgical alumina markets are facing a combination of tight supply, high demand and rising prices, Industria Minerals caught up with Gildas Fontaine, marketing, business development and communication director at France-based speciality alumina supllier Alteo, to discuss what is in store for calcined alumina and the future prospects of global speciality markets.


May 14

Basic Instinct: Magnesia Supply to the Refractories Industry

If ever there was a time to acknowledge and try to understand the significant influence of Chinese policies on refractory mineral supply to western markets that time is now. The upshot is thar 2017 will be remembered as the “Year of the Perfect”, or perhaps… “Imperfect Storm” – depending on whether one is a Western refractory mineral producer/developer or a Western consumer of Chinese refractory minerals, respectively.

May 10



Martes  12  de junio de 2018:

16.00 Reunión Comité Técnico (Solo asociados)

16.00 Reunión Comité Montadores (Solo asociados)

18.00 Coffee Break (Solo asociados)

18.30 Junta Directiva (Solo asociados)

21.00 Salida Hall Hotel para Cena apertura Congreso en el Real Club de Tenis (Asociados y Congresistas)

Miércoles 13 de Junio de 2018:

8.30- Entrega de acreditaciones

9.00-9.15 – Apertura del Congreso. Bienvenida del Presidente de Anfre

9.15- 10.00 – Ponencia de  Unesid-“ La industria siderúrgia española. Mercado Nacional y entorno internacional”. Alfonso Hidalgo

10.00- 10.35 – Ponencia de Midegasa- “ Silica fume grade for Application in Refractory. Properties and advantages”. Christian Lengdobler.

10.35- 11.10 – Ponencia de Cementos Molins- “ Soluciones y tendencias refractarias sostenibles con aluminatos de calcio”. Christian Iglesis

11.10- 11.40 – Coffee Break

11.40- 12.15 – Ponencia Informed. “ Year of the Dog: is its bark worse than its bite? China´s refractory minerals outlook”. Mike  O´Driscoll.

12.15- 12.50 – Ponencia de Imerys. “Improvements for a better rehability of low Cement castables.” Fabien Simonin

12.50- 13.25 – Ponencia de Elkem. “EMSIL- DRYTM: Hormigones de secado rápido , ventajas tanto para el fabricante de Refractarios como para los Usuarios finales.”Jordi Hernández.

13.25- 14.00 – Ponencia Arciresa.“Bauxstar 90. Una nueva Bauxita producida en España”. María F. Torío y Fernando López.

14.00- 15.30 – Comida

15.30- 16.15 – Ponencia de Oficemen .” La industria española del Cemento”. Ricardo López

16.15- 16.50 – Ponencia de IMCD España. “ Hormigones refractarios para aplicaciones industriales: aún tenemos margen para mejorar”. Adrián García

17.00 – 18.00/18.30 – Mesa redonda de Materias Primas. Cierre de Congreso

May 07

A New Device for Measuring Hot Thermal Shock, Thermal Cycling and Other High Temperature Properties of Refractories

The exact knowledge of the material properties of refractories in the region of their, usual very high, application temperatures is the key to their successful application as well as to the development of new refractory materials. A particularly important question is the behaviour of a refractory against thermal shock and thermal cycling. While many techniques and standards deal with changes between high temperature and room temperature, the more realistic load is often the fast change between two high temperatures. In this work, we explain the capabilities of a new ThermoOptical measuring device called TOM_wave, which was developed for hot thermal shock and thermal cycling tests and determination of further high temperature properties of refractories.

May 01

Production cost spike could lift fused alumina prices

Rising raw material costs for the production of brown and white fused alumina in China are expected to push prices higher in the coming weeks, while intensifying anti-pollution control in Henan province will further compound supply constraints.

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