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 organise a biennial international conference on refractories on the lines of UNITECR. With liberalisation of the economic policy and coming into effect of the World Trade Organisation 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 and 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.

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 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

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

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