March 28-30, 2017; St. Louis Section/RCD 53rd Annual Symposium of Refractories | The American Ceramic Society

March 28-30, 2017; St. Louis Section/RCD 53rd Annual Symposium of Refractories

The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 53rd Annual Symposium on Refractories on the theme “Real World Applications of Refractory Testing” on March 29-30, 2017 and a kickoff event will be a Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruise of the Mississippi on March 28, 2017. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Ashley Hampton of Vesuvius and Brian Rayner of The Orton Ceramic Foundation.

The Tabletop Expo format is the same as previous years, with each vendor having a 6-foot table to display products and literature. The charge is $300, which will be used to cover the cost of the Expo Hall and provide an open two hour bar during the “Meet and Greet” for the attendees prior to the dinner buffet on Wednesday evening. If you are interested in participating in the Tabletop Expo, contact Patty Smith at (573) 341-6265 or

Please note that a meeting of the ASTM International C-8 Committee on Refractories will be held on March 28th, before this joint St. Louis Section/RCD conference. Contact Kate Chalfin at (610) 832-9717 for more information on this meeting.

Participating Vendors:

Almatis Imerys Refractory Minerals
Alteo-Alumina Kerneos, Inc.
AluChem Kyanite Mining Corp.
BassTech International Lancaster Products
Blastcrete Equipment Company Orton Ceramic Foundation
Calucem, Inc. Possehl Erzkontor N.A.
Christy Mineras PQ Corporation
Cilas Particle Size RED Industrial Products
Conitex Sonoco Refractory Minerals
DIFK GmbH, Germany TAM Ceramics
Electro Abrasives/US Electrofused Minerals The American Ceramic Society
Elkem Materials, Inc. Washington Mills
FX Minerals Wintex Far East, LTD.
Great Lakes Minerals  ZIRCAR Ceramics, Inc.
Gorka Cement SP Z O.O.  Materials Technology Innovation, LLC

The pre-registration fee of $225.00 or on-site registration fee of $275.00 ($125.00 for Emeritus/Seniors and $50.00 for students) includes the cost of your bound copy of the Symposium Technical Papers, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Coffee Breaks.

A block of rooms has been set aside for the evenings of March 26-31, 2017 at the Hilton (314) 426-5500. The rate is $110.00 for a single or double. To receive the $110 rate mention the Group Name: St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society or Group Code: SLC when making your reservation. Click on the following link for hotel reservations: Hilton St. Louis Airport

All hotel reservations must be received on or before March 8, 2017.

2017 St. Louis Registration Form

2017 STL Section – RCD Symposium Agenda and Registration

For further information please contact Patty Smith at tel: (573) 341-6265, Fax: (573) 341-2071 or email:

In conjunction with the ACerS St. Louis Section/RCD meeting, ASTM will hold their C08 March 2017 Meeting on Refractories
Date: Tuesday March 28, 2017 
Location: Hilton St. Louis Airport; St. Louis, MO