Refractory Experts at Irefcon 18

Next Wednesday, March 7th IREFCON 18 will open its doors for the 12th India International Refractories Congress to share information, refractory experts experiences and ideas, to learn and to update the refractory industry in as many aspects of refractories development and applications as possible. Our refractory experts will of course attend this major Indian event and contribute with two technical works.

Dr. Danilo Frulli

Dr. Danilo Frulli

Florian Ahouanto, Product Manager Andalusite

Florian Ahouanto


March 8th at 2 pm, Dr. Danilo Frulli, will lecture “Natural and synthetic aluminas and aluminosilicates: properties and characteristics of the main classes of refractory raw materials”.


March 9th at 3.30 pm Florian Ahouanto will present “Andalusite based raw materials for refractory castables: properties and application”




The two speakers, as well as Ananth Nonavinakere and Dirk van den Heever shall be very pleased to answer any questions you may want to address during the event.

This biannual conference is organized by IRMA, the Indian Refractory Makers Association which is the national organization for the refractory manufacturing companies in India. It currently has 75 manufacturing units in its membership which produce a wide range of insulating, abrasion-resistant and corrosion-resistant refractories, ranging from firebricks, insulating refractories to a wide variety of high alumina, silica, magnesite and specialty refractories.

IREFCON 2018 takes place at the well-known Hotel Vivanta by Taj – Dwarka New Delhi, Sector 21 Metro Station Complex, Dwarka, New Delhi.

Imerys Aluminates: Better Together!

Jean-Marc Bianchi Vice President & General Manager

Jean-Marc Bianchi – Vice President & General Manager

Today, the 2017 results for the Imerys Group have been commented on by Gilles Michel, our CEO, to the financial community. During this communication, he announced the creation of a new division resulting from the combination of the Refractory Minerals and Kerneos divisions: Imerys Aluminates!

In turn, I am pleased to announce the birth of our division, «Imerys Aluminates», one of the Group’s twelve divisions. Imerys Aluminates!


Firstly, it is under this name that the smart alignment I have been talking about over the past months will be achieved;
Secondly, under this name that we will, together, combine the skills of over 2,350 professionals;
Thirdly, under this name we will together strengthen our expertise, to better serve our customers and support our growth through geographic development and innovation.

Imerys Aluminates: It’s not only our name, it’s also a unified management frame that will drive and direct the legal entities forming Refractory Minerals and Kerneos, without changes to your employment conditions or contracts. Each
company therefore retains its legal autonomy, as is the usual case within Imerys Group divisions. A deployment plan for this new name is currently being prepared. It will be soon communicated to properly structure this change of identity and its impact on our various internal and external communications.

To conclude this short message, I wish to express once again my enthusiasm and my conviction that this combination of Imerys Refractory Minerals and Kerneos is a great opportunity for all of us and for our customers: we are complementary and together we will be even better !