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News from the glass and refractory ceramics worlds

• Turkish glass processor Duzce Cam is to install a second float glass line. The company, a subsidiary of Okan Group, signed a contract with Fives Stein at the glasstec event in Dusseldorf, Germany this week. The new float glass line has a capacity of 800 tons per day and will incorporate an LEM furnace, designed to meet the challenge of ever-increasing energy prices.

Tariq Glass in collaboration with Yaohua Glass, China, have set up Pakistan’s largest float glass plant with a capacity of 550 tons per day. Apart from plain and coloured glass it will also have a manufacturing facility for producing mirror glass.

• The Austrian refractories company RHI AG plans to expand in Russia. In Europe, the first factories will be shut down in two years. In the long term, the main production will not take place in Europe anymore, based on statements of RHI´s CEO Franz Struzl. Regarding the main commodity, magnesite, RHI plans to become self-sufficient in the medium term. At the end of the year, the coverage comes at 80 percent; in the long term, Russia is a key market and in future, RHI plans to set up production locations in Russia. Also in India, RHI wants to grow further.

Bhilai Steel Plant has taken up yet another critical job under its expansion and modernization plan in the fast upcoming Blast Furnace No 8 Project with the inauguration of the job of layering of refractory castable of furnace bottom in Furnace Proper area. The total requirement for refractories for BF8 will be 23,166 Tons.

• The US Department of Commerce (pdf) has preliminarily set antidumping and countervailing duty margins on certain Chinese magnesia–carbon brick.