At a time when economic pressures call for stronger networks, the refractory industry is embracing increased global cooperation.
To this end, and following successful international meetings in 2013 and 2014, the major refractory industry associations and multinational companies joined together in November 2014 to set up the World Refractories Association (WRA). Since then the WRA organised two General Assemblies, one in September 2015 in Vienna and one in September 2017 in Santiago de Chile.
Refractory products are vital elements in all high-temperature processes, notably in the production of steel, cement, petrochemical processes, glass and ceramics.
The WRA constitutes a forum to debate regulatory issues affecting global trade, circulate aggregated industry statistics, promote the interests of the worldwide refractory industry, and act as a counterpart to other world industry organisations such as the World Steel Association.
The WRA is composed of continental associations including Europe (PRE), Latin America (ALAFAR) and North America (TRI) as well as national associations from China (ACRI), India (IRMA) and Japan (JRA). Multinational companies Calderys, Refratechnik, RHI Magnesita, Vesuvius plc, LIRR and PRCO are also direct members. In January 2018 the WRA has welcomed a new direct member Saint Gobain.
Stefan Borgas, CEO of RHI Magnesita, was elected new president of the World Refractories Association (WRA) and took office in the first days of January 2018. He will assume the presidency previously occupied by François Wanecq, former CEO of Vesuvius plc, for two years
The next WRA Board meeting will take place on Thursday 12 April 2018 in Munich, Germany in the context of CERAMITEC. For further information please contact the WRA Secretariat.