Research & development

Our refractory think tank.

Research and development – these two terms stand for our central business areas and represent the essential driving forces of our company.

Thanks to extensive basic research, the Refratechnik Group has acquired unique competence in this field.

Refractory materials are essential for the production of cement, lime, ceramics, iron, steel, aluminium, and non-ferrous metals.
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From raw materials to refractory products and up to complex refractory concepts – our successful basic research is based on in-depth knowledge of the relevant process technologies of the user industries as well as expertise in refractory technology and its widespread scientific foundations.

Base on the comprehensive know-how of our research teams, and thanks to our advanced technical measuring equipment that meet all the demands of modern engineering, we are able to determine all relevant parameters and subject them to detailed individual analyses. Hereby, the latest chemical, mineralogical and microscopy techniques are applied together with elaborate methods using the most modern measuring instruments to determine refractoriness under load (differential), creep under pressure, hot modulus of rupture, and modulus of elasticity at high temperatures. For example, material properties are investigated at normal ambient temperatures as well as high temperatures. In this way, and based on scientific fundamentals, we develop solutions for today's and future requirements.

Research and development milestones of the Refratechnik Group:

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  • 1960
    Tunnel kiln car systems.

    1962
    Development of the energy-saving lightweight ORYLEX refractory bricks as well as introduction of the high-alumina KRONEX® and REFRALUSIT® brick versions.

    1963
    ORYLEX patent applied for.

    1965
    Interlocking bricks, e.g. for the steelmaking industry.
  • 1967
    Development of the structurally flexible PERILEX® magnesia-chromite brick.

    1970
    Suspended roof systems.

    1974
    Lightweight Burton tunnel kiln car construction.

    1978
    Dry pressed U-cassettes.
  • 1979
    Development of the REFRATHERM® lightweight refractory brick.

    1980
    Dry pressed and ribbed U-cassettes.

    1982
    Introduction of the chrome-free ALMAG® magnesia-spinel brick.

    1984
    Introduction of the graphitic MACARBON® and ALUCARBON® magnesia and alumina types and viaduct bricks.
  • 1987
    Cast H-cassettes.

    1991
    Introduction of the MAGPURE® 93 magnesia-spinel brick.

    1992
    ALMAG® is the world's most successful magnesia-spinel brick. Introduction of dry pressed H-cassettes.

    1993
    Introduction of the MAGNUM® 95 magnesia-zirconium brick.
  • 1996
    Introduction of the highly flexible ALMAG® A1 magnesia-spinel brick.

    1998
    Introduction of the newly patented FERROMAG® 90 magnesia-hercynite brick type as well as the corrosion-resistant ALMAG® SLC magnesia-spinel brick.

    1998
    Start of SIC production.
  • 1999
    Introduction of the REFRAMAG® 85 magnesia-spinel brick.

    2000
    Introduction of the steel fiber reinforced MACARBON® and CARBOPLAST® bricks.

    2001
    First use of Refratechnik's latest high-grade, low-cement and REFRAJETCRETE® refractory concretes.
  • 2002
    Introduction of the basic TOPMAG® and ALMAG® AF bricks as solution for alkali-stressed rotary kilns.

    2003
    Introduction of KRONAL® alumina bricks as solution for alkali-stressed rotary kilns.

    2003
    BURCOLIGHT® for energy-saving kiln cars. The world's most modern H-cassette plant in Hungary.

  • 2004
    Commissioning of Yingkou Refratechnik Refractories with high-grade magnesia-spinel and magnesia-chromite bricks.

    2005

    Development of the superelastic TOPMAG® A1 magnesia-spinel brick.

    2006
    Introduction of the patented product FERROMAG® F1.

    2007
    Commissioning of Zibo Refratechnik Refractories with high-alumina and fireclay products for bricks and refractory concretes.
  • 2007
    Development of the patented, highly elastic REFRAFLEX® synthetic resin bonding for refractory bricks in the steelmaking industry.

    2008
    Development of the cement-free, heat-up insensitive NANOBOND refractory concrete technology.

    2008
    Patent application for the completely new FORMAG® 88 brick generation.

    2009
    Cast BURCOLIGHT® for H-cassettes.
  • 2010
    PERILEX® CF magnesia-spinel brick established as new market standard.

    2011
    REFRAMAG® TR leads to record-breaking service lives in Asia.

    2011
    Introduction of the CUPRUMAX® product range for the copper industry.

    2012
    Successful introduction of cement-free, heat-up insensitive refractory concretes from Refratechnik Cement.
  • 2013
    Development of the product PERILEX® CF with a unique combination of properties such as outstanding structural flexibility, thermoplasticity, and thermoelasticity. Introduction of firing frames for cassettes.

    2015
    Low-alpha technology: Further development of bricks used in equipment subjected to high thermal stress in the steelmaking industry.

    2015
    Development of a new concept with highly flexible and universal refractory bricks for the cement industry.
  • 2015
    CF-Family: ALMAG® CF, TOPMAG® CF, REFRAMAG® CF und PERILEX® CF.

    2015

    REFRATHERM® Eco alkali-resistant suspended roof.

    2016

    ALMAG ES: Successful market introduction of the energy saving concept.
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