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 Feb.

Best,

Sameer Nagpal
Chairman
IREFCON 2020 Organising Committee

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Theme

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.

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