Dear Friend,

IREFCON 2020 is where you need to be at if you are in the refractory business. Doesn’t matter if you are a raw material supplier, equipment maker, project manager, a consultant, a designer, an installer or a user of refractories. As long as you are connected to the world of refractories, IREFCON 2020 is not something you can afford to miss. Here’s why.

India is the bright spot where refractory growth, despite reduction in specific consumption, will outpace growth elsewhere in the world. While the IREFCON 2020 theme write-up will give you a very good idea about what this means – both in terms of the scale of opportunity and the challenges it brings – a platform such as IREFCON is a big window of opportunity in itself. Conferences such as these play a crucial role in ensuring that as a refractory fraternity, we are able to dive deep into understanding unique problems likely to emerge out of Indian refractory’s rapid growth, and are armed with solutions (the 3 Ts: tools, technology & talent) that are productive and profitable for both our customers and us.

IREFCON 2020 will be, and should be bigger and better than its previous avatars. More participants, more exhibitors, more engagement with policy makers and customers, it’s all happening here. So mark your calendars already. And keep coming back for updates.

I look forward to seeing you in September.

Best,

Sameer Nagpal
Chairman
IREFCON 2020 Organising Committee

Theme

2020 marked the beginning of a decade which is likely to see refractory growth in India at a speed and scale never witnessed before. Various industry estimates peg the refractory market in India to reach 4 million tons by 2030. Not surprising since the Indian steel manufacturing industry alone has set itself a target of 300 million tons of production by 2030. Considering 75% of refractory consumption in India is accounted for by steel, adding cement, glass and manufacturing of other non-ferrous metals to the mix suddenly makes the prospect of a 4-million-ton-refractory-market look very real and reasonable.

Is the current refractory manufacturing ecosystem ready to stand up to this mammoth task of supporting such an aggressive market? The question is even more important in the context of a global pandemic which we are not fully out of. The pandemic has disrupted and reset global supply-chain to such a degree both refractory makers and users are grappling with a business environment characterised by frequent and unpredictable changes. The war in Ukraine has only added new elements to this complex operational puzzle with energy and economic costs hitting levels not seen in decades perhaps.

Despite all challenges, the opportunity is real and begs dialogue and discussion. So let’s find answers to the most pressing questions and much more at IREFCON 2022: The Fourteenth India International Refractories Congress.

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