Keynote Speaker: Mr. Rinus Siebring, Tata Steel Europe

National level conferences on refractories in India commenced in early 1970s and the first overseas participation in refractories conference in India was in the year 1978. Subsequently several international conferences were attempted and in 1993 a decision was taken in principle to organize biannual international conference on refractories on the lines of UNITECR. With the liberalization of the economic policy and coming into effect of the World Trade Organization in 1994, the industry felt the need for closer interaction with the global refractories community. The first India International Refractories Congress (or IREFCON) was held in 1994 and this has continued every alternate year.

IREFCON is a unique platform where the refractory makers from India & worldwide can interact with the local refractories producers and users. IREFCON aims to share information, experiences and ideas, to learn and to update the refractory industry in as many aspects of refractories development and applications as possible.

  • Past IREFCONs  
  • IREFCON 2020 Organising Committee  

Venue: Hotel Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka, New Delhi
Congress theme: Refractories Solutions Through User Collaboration
Keynote speaker: Mr Tom Vert, ArcelorMittal Dafasco, Canada
Total papers presented: 53
Total delegates: 491
Total exhibitors: 35

Venue: Hotel Novotel Airport, Hyderabad
Congress theme: Value Enhancement Through Refractories
Keynote speaker: Prof Nan Li, Wuhan University of Science & Technology, China
Total papers presented: 52
Total delegates: 475
Total exhibitors: 33

Venue: Hotel Taj Bengal, Kolkata
Congress theme: Refractories Solutions Through Innovations
Keynote speaker: Prof C G Aneziris of Technical University of Freiberg, Germany
Total papers presented: 65
Total delegates: 481
Total exhibitors: 26

Venue: Hotel Taj Bengal, Kolkata
Congress theme: Value Creation Through Refractories
Keynote speaker: Prof V C Pandolfelli of University of Sao Carlos, Brazil
Total papers presented: 65
Total delegates: 540
Total exhibitors: 20

Venue: Hotel Taj Bengal, Kolkata
Congress theme: Future of Refractories: Challenges & Opportunities
Keynote speaker: Prof William Lee of Imperial College, London
Total papers presented: 65
Total delegates: 480
Total exhibitors: 24

Venue: Hotel Taj Bengal, Kolkata
Congress Theme: Drive for Refractories Solutions
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Michel Rigaud Professor of Refractories Technology at Ecole Polytechnique,
University of Montreal (Canada)
Total papers presented: 60
Total delegates: 450
Total exhibitors: 22

Organising Committee

  • Name


  • Sameer Nagpal (Chairman)


  • Sunanda Sengupta (Co-Chairman)

    TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd

  • Kamal Sarda

    IFGL Refractories Ltd

  • Parmod Sagar

    Orient Refractories Ltd

  • Ish Garg

    Calderys India Refractories Ltd

  • Arup Kumar Chattopadhyay

    National Refractories

  • Udaya Shankar

    Refratechnik India Pvt Ltd

Technical Committee

  • Name


  • Indra Nath Chakraborty (Chairman)

    Calderys India Refractories Ltd

  • H S Tripathi

    Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute

  • Goutam Bhatacharya

    Imerys Aluminates

  • Sukumar Adak Mahakoshal

    Mahakoshal Refractories Pvt Ltd

  • B Prasad


  • Arup Samanta

    TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd

  • Sankha Chatterjee

    Almatis Alumina Pvt Ltd

  • Jyotirmoy Bhattacharjee

    RHI Magnesita

  • S D Majumdar

    IFGL Refractories Ltd

Technical Advisors

Dr A K Chattopadhyay
Dr J N Tiwari

Various industry estimates peg the refractory market in India to leap to up to 4 million tons in the next 10 years. For instance, Indian steel manufacturing alone has set itself a target of 300 million tons 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.

As a refractory manufacturing fraternity, are we ready to stand up to this mammoth task of supporting such an aggressive market? In recent times, Indian customers have relied heavily on imports as Indian refractory businesses have been unable to fully satiate their demand, not only in terms of volume but also technology that improves life and performance of refractories. A major cause for supply side constraints is raw material availability. And then there’s government policy.

Clearly, despite all challenges, the opportunity is real. Let’s discuss challenges & opportunities vis-a-vis:

- Raw material
- Domestic production capacity
- Technology & processes
- Policy
- Customers
- Talent

Let's find answers to the most pressing questions and much more at
IREFCON 2020: The Thirteenth India International Refractories Congress

IREFCON 2020: Guidance for Technical Papers 2020 marks the beginning of a decade which is likely to see refractory growth in India at a speed and scale never witnessed before. Clearly the time is ripe to discuss dynamics of three critical Ts - Tools, Technology & Talent - as refractory players prepare themselves to meet challenges and opportunities emerging out of the upcoming business scenario.

Authors are therefore requested to submit technical papers that can be grouped into:

  • Tools for refractory development, application & management
  • Refractory technology
  • Refractory talent - hiring, training, advancement, building attractiveness of the industry per se


  • An abstract (within 350 words) with title of the paper, authors’ names, organisation name and addresses, and email may be sent by email by 30th June 2019. Papers which have already been published or orally presented elsewhere, would not be accepted for presentation in this conference. The oral presentation of the paper would be limited to 15 minutes with 5 minutes for discussion thereafter.
  • The Technical Committee has sole authority to decide suitability of submitted papers either as a poster or as oral presentation in the conference.
  • Authors will be intimated the committee’s decision by 31st August 2019. Full text of the papers is to be submitted by 30th November 2019.
  • Last date for submission of abstract for poster presentation is 31st January 2020.

The Technical Committee further requests that following norms be followed for presentation:

  • Presentations are to be in Microsoft PowerPoint only. The Congress organisers will provide computer projection equipment in each session room. Please note that using your own laptop is not permitted.
  • All presenters are requested to submit their presentation before the start of their session to the Systems Check Unit of IREFCON 2020.
  • We recommend the presenters not to use excessive PowerPoint slides in the presentation. Please make sure to name all the co-authors, as well as any others who contributed to your

All participants are requested to register officially, paying the requisite registration fee at the conference. The participants will have to bear themselves their costs for travel and accommodation.