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“We have over 200 different recipes in our database,” says Managing Director Milan Henek. “Each recipe has its own history and was formulated in accordance with a customer’s individual requirements.”

Today, the company also develops new mixtures in its own laboratory to meet the needs of its customers. Now as before, Průmyslová keramika operates in a highly specialized market. “Refractory materials cannot be compared with other, industrial consumables,” says Sales Director Eva Červinková. “They cannot be sold in mass sales campaigns. They are made to order and we mainly respond to enquiries from our customers.”

Up to 9,000 t of refractory materials are made each year at the company’s plant 30 km north of Brno in the Czech Republic and shipped to customers in Central and Eastern Europe. “We supply products for a wide range of customers, but in particular to iron and steelworks, coking plants, ferrous and non-ferrous foundries, incinerators, heat power generation plants, glass furnaces and chemical plants,” says Mr. Henek.

Průmyslová keramika’s product range consists of an extremely broad choice of castable mixtures as well as pre-formed arts and shapes. The product range of castables is nothing if not exhaustive, consisting of dense and dense gunning castables, trowelling castables, medium cement, low cement, ultra-low cement and non-cement castables, self-flow castables, chemical bonded castables and insulating castables.

In situations where a castable is not the best solution, Průmyslová keramika offers an equally wide assortment of pre-formed shapes. “They offer a number of advantages, including enabling the manufacture of intricate shapes that cannot be manufactured by pressing,” explains Mr. Henek. “Shaping moulds are also cheaper than pressing moulds, making even short runs of the pre-formed shapes financially viable.”

With such a broad spectrum of options available to customers, Průmyslová keramika favours direct contact so that it can tailor solutions to fit the exact requirements. Furthermore, the company pays close attention to quality. “Our products are subject to stringent quality controls and are regularly tested by an accredited testing institute. We have held ISO 9001:2002 certification since 2008,” says Ms. Červinková.

With annual turnover of eight million EUR and a workforce of 60 people, Průmyslová keramika generates half of its revenue from exports. Key markets are Austria, Germany, Slovakia and the countries of the former Yugoslavia. The company also has ambitious expansion plans and hopes to target new markets in Romania and the Baltic States.

In order to achieve these goals it has to bring new blood into the company. “We want to attract young people to the company to assure its future,” says Mr. Henek. “Our key goal, however, is to continue to improve our products.

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