RHI Magnesita to invest 23 million EUR in its plant in Urmitz

This investment, the Group’s largest in Germany, will be used to expand and upgrade the traditional plant as a hub for non-basic refractory products

RHI Magnesita, global market leader for refractory products and solutions, plans to invest over the next two years 23 million EUR in the modernization of its Urmitz site in Germany.

This investment, the Group’s largest in Germany, will be used to expand and upgrade the traditional plant as a hub for non-basic refractory products. The comprehensive modernization measures will increase the plant’s production volume while at the same time boosting energy efficiency by ten percent.

In addition, investments are made in recycling, which will allow RHI Magnesita to increase the share of secondary raw materials The refractories produced in Urmitz are used worldwide as heat-resistant linings for aggregates, predominantly in the steel industry, but also in the glass, cement, lime, energy and chemical industries, in all high-temperature processes above 1200 °C.

“Our strong focus on our customers and their needs has always been the key to our success,” said Constantin Beelitz, Regional President Europe, CIS & Turkey at RHI Magnesita. “This is a significant and groundbreaking investment in the German and European site which, in addition to increasing productivity, will in particular strengthen product quality and delivery reliability for all our markets. As sustainability is an equally important issue for our customers as it is for us, I am delighted to report that our modernization work will also enable us to increase the energy efficiency of our plant as well as save resources through recycling.”

As part of the investment in Urmitz, RHI Magnesita’s pressing capacities will be increased, a new tunnel kiln with an automatic circulation system and several climate drying chambers will be installed. The plant will thus become a central European hub for non-basic refractory products such as bricks, mixes, and prefabricated components. The workforce at the site will be increased by around 70 employees, most of whom will move to Urmitz from the neighbouring site in Kruft.

“We are creating a high-performance centre for non-basic refractories. Our customers will benefit from state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and more digitalization, which will allow for greater transparency,” said Markus Pung, Plant Group Manager of RHI Magnesita. “This will enable us to strengthen our position as a supplier in ingot casting, refractory wear products and refractory functional products, increase our output, and broaden our range of non-basic products at the site – while also improving our future environmental footprint.”

The investment represents part of the efforts to optimize RHI Magnesita’s global production network.

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