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ABOUT IREFCON

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 except for a miss out in 2004 and 2020. The IREFCON’24 is therefore the fifteenth in the series.

Over the years IREFCON developed its unique identity with rich array of technical presentations, producers and services providers showcasing their wares and most importantly an amazing opportunity for business networking. Today it features proudly in global refractories calendar, attracting best of the minds far and wide. Indian steel industry is growing and so is the domestic refractory industry. IREFCON provides a unique platform to understand the dynamics of Indian refractory industry and the intrinsic challenges and opportunities therein.

IREFCON 2024
Organising Committee

IREFCON 2024
Technical Committee

Past IREFCONs

IREFCON 2024
Organising Commitee
Sl No.Name of MembersCompany
1Sunanda Sengupta (Chairman)TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd.
2Gangadharan Manari (Co-Chairman)Totale Global Pvt Ltd.
3Aditya AgarwallaMaithan Ceramic Ltd.
4Chinmay BasuCalderys India Refractories Ltd.
5Jyotirmoy BhattacherjeeRHI Magnesita India Ltd.
6Kushal AgarwalSarvesh Refractories Pvt. Ltd.
7Samit SenguptaIFGL Refractories Ltd.
8Shashi KumarVesuvius India Limited
IREFCON 2024
Technical Commitee
Sl No.Name of MembersCompany
1Indra Nath Chakraborty (Advisor)Calderys India Refractories Ltd.
2Arup Kumar Samanta (Chairman)TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd.
3Saumen Sinha (Co-Chairman)Calderys India Refractories Ltd.
4Brijender SinghTata Steel Limited
5Dipak MazumdarIIT, Kanpur
6Goutam BhattacharyaImerys
7Manas PaliwalIIT, Kharagpur
8Thomas MathewRHI Magnesita India Ltd.
9Premanshu JanaVesuvius India Limited
10Sachi Dulal MajumdarIFGL Refractories Ltd.
11Shankha ChatterjeeAlmatis Alumina Pvt Ltd.
12Ujjwal SenguptaRefratechnik (India) Private Limited
Past IREFCONs

IREFCON 2022

Dates: 16th to 18th November 2022
Venue: Kolkata
Congress Theme: Indian Refractory’s Big Leap Opportunities & Challenges
Keynote Speakers: Masakazu Iida (Shinagawa Refractories); Rinus Siebring (Tata Steel, Netherlands) & Rainer Gaebel (Refratechnik)
Total Papers Presented: 58
Delegates: 605
Total Exhibitors: 33.

IREFCON 2018

Dates: 7th to 9th March 2018
Venue: New Delhi
Congress Theme: Refractories Solutions through User Collaboration
Keynote Speaker: Tom Vert
Total Papers Presented: 53
Delegates: 491
Total Exhibitors: 35

IREFCON 2016

Dates: 20th to 22nd January 2016
Venue: Hyderabad
Congress Theme: Value Enhancement Through Refractories
Keynote Speaker: Li Nan
Total Papers Presented: 52
Delegates: 475
Total Exhibitors: 33

IREFCON 2014

Dates: 15th to 18th January 2014
Venue: Kolkata
Congress Theme: Refractories Solutions Through Innovations
Keynote Speaker: C.G. Aneziris of Technical University of Freiberg, Germany
Total Papers Presented: 64
Total Delegates: 485
Total Exhibitors: 30

IREFCON 2012

Dates: 1st to 4th February 2012
Venue: Kolkata
Congress Theme: Value Creation Through Refractories
Keynote Speaker: V.C. Pandolfelli of University of Sao Carlos, Brazil
Total Papers Presented: 64
Total Delegates: 540
Total Exhibitors: 20

IREFCON 2010

Dates: 4th to 6th February 2010
Venue: Kolkata
Congress Theme: Future Of Refractories: Challenges & Opportunities
Keynote Speaker: William Lee, Imperial College, London
Total Papers Presented: 65
Total Delegates: 480
Total Exhibitors: 24

IREFCON 2008

Dates: 7th to 9th February 2008
Venue: Kolkata
Congress Theme: Drive For Refractories Solutions
Keynote Speakers: Michel Rigaud, Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal
Total Papers Presented: 60
Delegates: 450
Total Exhibitors: 22

IREFCON 2006

Dates: 3rd & 4th February 2006
Venue: Visakhapatnam
Total Papers Presented: 30
Delegates: 280
Lead Organiser: IIM

IREFCON 2002

Dates: 7th & 8th February 2002
Venue: Bhubaneswar
Congress Theme: Refractories-Creating Value for Customers
Total Papers Presented: 48
Delegates: 350
Lead Organiser: IRMA

IREFCON 2000

Dates: 23rd to 25th February 2000
Venue: Ranchi
Congress Theme: “Refractories: Challenges Beyond 2000”
Total Papers Presented: 66
Lead Organiser: IIM

IREFCON 1998

Dates: 11th to 13th February 1998
Venue: Kolkata
Total Papers Presented: 64
Total Delegates: 480
Lead Organiser: InCerS

IREFCON 1996

Dates: 8th & 9th February 1996
Venue: New Delhi
Congress Theme: “Refractories for the 21st Century”
Total Papers Presented: 57
Total Delegates: 437
Lead Organiser: IRMA

IREFCON 1994

Dates: 14th to 16th February 1994
Venue: Jamshedpur
Total Papers Presented: 37
Lead Organiser: IIM