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Refratechnik Group Takes over Burton

The Refratechnik Group in Ismaning (near Munich), a leading manufacturer of ceramic refractory products, has acquired the facilities of Burton GmbH & Co. KG in Melle (near Osnabrück), and will continue business operations under the name Refratechnik Ceramics GmbH.

The jobs of the employees in the Melle location will be saved. As a result of this strategic takeover, Refratechnik Ceramics will become a market leader and global supplier of refractory products for industrial furnaces in the ceramics industry. In this field, the product range covers wall, roof and car systems as well as furniture for tunnel kilns. Burton Kiln Furniture in Hungary, which was also taken over by Refratechnik Ceramics, primarily produces cast refractory materials. Consequently, Refratechnik Ceramics is the world’s only supplier of a complete range of ceramic systems for furnaces. The Industrial Division manufactures and sells high-performance products for applications in waste incineration plants, coal-fired power plants, primary aluminium industry, non-ferrous metallurgy and the glass and steel industries. While the field of industrial furnaces for the ceramics industry represents an expansion of Refratechnik’s activities, Burton’s industrial customer base and product portfolio is a contribution to Refratechnik’s consistent expansion of existing business operations, in particular in the fields of primary aluminium and waste incineration.

In these areas, Refratechnik is now a full-service supplier offering complex refractory systems from a single source. Founded in 1950, the Refratechnik Group has more than 1200 employees worldwide, making it the largest family-owned company in the refractory business. It is also one of the most dynamic medium-sized companies in Germany. With its companies Refratechnik Cement GmbH in Göttingen/DE, and Refratechnik Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong/CN, the Refratechnik Group is the global market leader for high-grade refractory linings for furnaces in the cement industry, and a reliable partner in the lime industry. With Refratechnik Steel GmbH in Düsseldorf/DE, the Group is successful internationally in the metal-producing and metal-processing industries. Magnesite ore is mined and processed by Baymag Inc. in Calgary/CA – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Refratechnik Holding GmbH. With the acquisition of Burton, the Refratechnik Group now has 18 sites in four continents. Nine of these are state-of-the-art production facilities for burnt, shaped, and unshaped refractory products. Two other sites are in the raw materials business. (9/2013)

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