The Refratechnik Group, a leading manufacturer of ceramic refractory products has acquired the facilities of Burton GmbH & Co. KG in Melle, near Osnabrück, Germany.
As a result of this strategic takeover, Refratechnik Ceramics will become a market leader and global supplier of refractory products for industrial furnaces in the ceramics industry. The product ranges in this field encompass wall, roof and car systems as well as furniture for tunnel kilns, in which products such as refractory ceramics, roof tiles, sanitary ware and other ceramic products are fired.
Burton Kiln Furniture in Hungary, which was also taken over by Refratechnik Ceramics, primarily produce cast refractory materials. Consequently, Refratechnik Ceramics is the world's only supplier of a complete range of ceramic systems for furnaces. The “industrial” division manufactures and sells high-performance products for applications in waste incineration plants, coal-fired power plants, primary aluminium industry, non-ferrous metallurgy and the glass and steel industries.
Refratechnik Group says that Burton's industrial customer base and product portfolio is a contribution to Refratechnik's "consistent expansion of existing business operations," particularly in the fields of primary aluminium and waste incineration.
Burton will continue business operations under the name Refratechnik Ceramics GmbH with immediate effect, maintaining the jobs at the Melle site.
With the acquisition of Burton, the Refratechnik Group now has 18 sites on four continents. Nine of these are state-of-the-art production facilities for burnt, shaped, and unshaped refractory products. Two other sites are in the raw materials business.