Refractories play a key role in all
high-temperature applications and cover various key industries such as steel,
non-ferrous metals, cement, lime, ceramics, glass, foundries, petrochemicals,
power generation, waste incineration etc.
In spite of
the steadily increasing performance of refractory materials (refractory
consumption today: average 10kg/t steel, 20 years ago: average 30 kg/t steel)
the refractory world market has doubled in the last decade (2000: 20 Mt; 2010:
42Mt). The prospects are good as the main user segment steel, equivalent to
approx. 70% market share, is still growing
on a global scale (2000: 850 Mt; 2010: 1417 Mt; FC 2015: 1800 Mt). Meanwhile China is the
biggest steel producer worldwide (2000: 129 Mt; 2010: 626 Mt).
globalisation of the refractories sector is rather advanced. BRIC countries
have a big potential. Not only the steel per capita consumption in these
countries offers still plenty of headroom, furthermore other sectors enhancing
the standard of living, are growing too. Refractories make those products
increases and high price fluctuations for the major refractory raw materials
e.g. bauxite, magnesite and graphite are serious topics at present. China has a leading role as raw material reserves of
bauxite are about 2,5 billion t, 2,5% of the total deposits in the world. The
proven reserve of magnesite count for about 3,4 billion t, which is 25% of the
world total. For flake graphite, Chinese reserves are estimated to be 50% of
the worldwide reserves. Also Brazil
can rely on own good deposits. This fact gives these countries a good position
in the global market.
explosion in the price of raw materials as well as environment-related
restrictions are challenging refractories companies to continuously develop
innovative approaches in raw material substitution, if applicable, material
design, material processing and product functionality.
understanding of the mechanical, thermal, chemical and functional properties as
controlled by their structure at nano-, micro- and macro-levels followed by
chemical and physical interactions at interfaces/surfaces is an unlimited tool
for continuous development and optimization of refractory products. R+D
activities are focussing on „smart“ functional refractories by taking on board
technologies, which in part are already used in advanced ceramics. Bridging
this knowledge leads to new product approaches.
materials, advances in process technology and quality management are on the one
hand important topics showcased at
CERAMITEC for the refractories sector. On the other hand refractory suppliers
will present new products of refractories and high temperature materials for
standard and innovative applications.
refractories sector is totally in-line with the new tagline of CERAMITEC
„Materials – Technologies – Innovations“,
as these topics are the key to succeed in developing competitive,
eco-friendly processes and high temperature materials for new and standard
Further information about CERAMITEC 2012: www.ceramitec.dePress
Dr. Jutta Seitz, Trade Fair PR Manager
+49 89 949 21480, Fax: +49 89 949 9721480 Jutta.Seitz@messe-muenchen.de CERAMITEC
Technologies – Innovations – Materials takes place at the New Munich Trade Fair Center
from May 22-25, 2012.
Since its premiere in 1979 CERAMITEC has developed into the world’s leading
trade show for the
ceramic industry. CERAMITEC 2009 attracted 656 exhibitors from 35 countries and
approx. 15,000 visitors from 84 countries. Statistics for CERAMITEC are checked
by the independent auditors Ernst & Young AG contracted by the Gesellschaft
zur Freiwilligen Kontrolle von Messe- und Ausstellungszahlen (Society for
Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics). Messe München International
International is one of the world´s leading trade-fair companies. In Munich alone it organises
around 40 trade fairs for capital and consumer goods, and key high-tech
industries. Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and over two million visitors
take part in the events held in the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, the ICM – International
Congress Centre Munich, and in the M,O,C, Events and Order Centre.
addition, Messe München International organises trade fairs in
Asia, Russia, the Middle East and South America. With six subsidiaries
in Europe and Asia
and more than 60 foreign representatives actively serving over 90
Messe München International has a worldwide business network. The
takes a pioneering role as regards sustainability: It is the first
company to be awarded energy-efficiency certification from the
inspection authorities TÜV SÜD.