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Invitation to attend Consultative seminar on mitigating the impact of load-shedding on refractory materials in foundries

The manufacturing industry, particularly foundries and steel casters, play a crucial role in South Africa’s economic landscape. The use of refractory materials in high-temperature production operations is integral to these industries, impacting steel making, and nonferrous metal casting.

Recognizing the challenges posed by load shedding and the need to transition to a green steel and hydrogen environment, the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will be hosting a consultative seminar to address the impact of refractory materials during load-shedding and develop solutions for a sustainable future.

The key objective of the seminar is the sharing of information on the refractories used in the various types of furnaces as to their  types, quantities, sources, specific consumption figures linked to production, wear mechanisms, reline frequencies, challenges etc.

Attendees should expect to actively participate in group discussions and share information on the impact of load-shedding on the refractory material used in the foundries, steel casters and other strategic manufacturing facilities of the economy and produce solutions to address those challenges. 

The following issues will be discussed:

  • Number and types of furnaces
  • Furnace capacity and material melted
  • Maximum operating temperature
  • Atmospheric environment and slag type
  • Monthly production and refractory types in use
  • Frequency and patterns of relining
  • Source of supply, and more.

Who should attend?

Owners and decision makers in the foundry and steel making industries.

Event details:

Date: 28 November 2023

Time: 09:00 – 14:30

Venue: Emperors Palace, Johannesburg

Rsvp by Friday, 24 November 2023. For more information, contact or