Co-organised by ANFRE, Spain (National Association of Manufacturers of Refractories, Materials and Related Services) and IMFORMED, this will be a stimulating conference focusing on key aspects of the refractory raw materials industry and enabling an excellent networking platform.


18.00 Registration: Lobby of Meliá Lebreros Hotel

19.30 Welcome Dinner at Río Grande Sevilla restaurant


08.00 Registration
09.00 Opening Remarks & Introduction
Ismene Clarke, Director & Mike O’Driscoll, Director, IMFORMED, UK
09.15 Welcome Address & Spanish Production Statistics
Julio Mazorra Folguera, President, ANFRE, & Antón Sala, General Manager, Refractarios Sala, Spain
09.30 Developing sustainable cement-free magnesia castables
Ingrid Mikanovic, Technical Marketing Manager, Refractories & Ceramics, Elkem GmbH, Germany
10.00 Graphite from Madagascar
Richard Song, CEO, Etablissements Gallois SA, Madagascar
10.30 ECO-TAB® alumina refractory aggregate for steel ladle lining
Sebastian Klaus, Technical Manager Europe, Almatis GmbH, Germany

11.00 COFFEE

12.00 Andalusite supply & demand for refractories
Vincent Couty, Vice President Refractory Producers, Imerys, France
12.30 Silicon carbide solutions for refractory applications
J. Andres Pavony, Sales Manager Europe SIKA® TECH Fine Ceramic Powders, Fiven ASA, Germany
13.00 Magnesia supply overview
Alison Saxby, Research Director, Project Blue, UK
13.30 Status & outlook for mineral logistics
Robert van Muiden, Managing Owner, RoBuLog – Rotterdam Bulk Logistics, the Netherlands

14.00 LUNCH

15.15 Decarbonisation with Life Cycle Thinking: Refractory raw materials & their relevance
Antton Sala López, Founding Partner, Grunver Sostenibilidad SL/ANFRE, Spain
15.30 Circular economy: demolishing used furnaces & recycling of refractories
Werner Odreitz, CEO, REF Minerals GmbH, Germany
16.00 Recycling of refractories: nice to do or a need to have? Circular Economy & the European Green Deal
Franz Maier, Managing Director, MSM-Maier Solution Mining, Austria

16.30 Raw Materials Panel Discussion

Moderated by Mike O’Driscoll, IMFORMED

  • David Martínez, Keiron Chemicals

  • José Ramón Luna, Elkem Iberia

  • Iñigo García, Magnesitas Navarras

  • José María Domínguez, Refractarios Alfran

  • Óscar Marín, Traxys

17.30 End of the Congress and Finale Drinks Reception

*subject to change

Rio Grande9

The conference will start with a networking dinner on the evening of Wednesday 13 March at the wonderful Río Grande Sevilla restaurant (above), followed by the conference at the hotel on Thursday 14 March.