From 8 to 10 September 2015, the European Seminar on Refractories, entitled 'REFRACTORIES - Key Technology and its Applications', was held at ECREF in Hoehr-Grenzhausen for the second time. During the three days, 25 participants from 7 countries were given a concise introduction to the basics of refractory raw materials, products and system solutions, through numerous industry- and application-related examples. 14 internationally renowned experts from universities, research institutions and industry, presented their specialist knowledge. Participants learned of the specific and varied requirements of modern refractory products and technology, looking closely at a range of factual applications from current practice. A discussion following the presentations allowed speakers and participants to exchange on further topics of interest.
Delegates enjoyed a special visit to the Westerwald Ceramic Museum and an exclusive guided tour through the facility led by the director, Mrs Monika Gass. Visitors were informed about the history of the museum and its European significance, as well as exhibitions and artist portraits. Many participants were impressed by the variety of artistic forms of expression and the fundamental importance of art for and through ceramics. Participation in the respective meals and the evening events also offered an excellent opportunity to all delegates to establish personal contacts and hence further strengthen the European Refractories network.
The event organisers PRE, the European Refractories Manufacturers Association, and ECREF, were delighted to receive positive feedback from participants with regard to the organisation and content of the seminar. Participants also expressed an interest in attending future events and encouraging colleagues to join. The organisers intend to further develop this event, which is unique in Europe, and to make it better known beyond European boundaries.
This is an edited version of the original article published on the ECREF website.