ICR attended the Refratechnik Kolloquium held on 5-8 June 2012 at the Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany. The meeting attracted some 800 invited guests including Refratechnik’s customers and its local and regional sales agents as well as many cement industry suppliers and industry media. The company has seen many changes in the market for refractories since its last REFRA-Kolloquium in 2008 and was pleased to tell everyone of the progress it has been making.
Wolfgang Tabbert, Refratechnik managing director, opened proceedings on the first day by welcoming and thanking all 800 guests for accepting the invitation to attend the Kolloquium.
Reflecting on events of the last four years since the last meeting, he recalled: ”Four years ago, the global economy was at the peak of its performance that resulted in shortages of raw materials. Autumn 2008 then saw the downturn and a new crisis. By the end of 2011 and early 2012 the stock markets had recovered from the bottom line. But whether it will still be going well tomorrow is hard for us to tell.”