Seven Refractories now certified in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Seven Refractories is very proud to announce an important milestone. In December 2012 we earned ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certification.

The ISO 9001:2008 certification is the standard that specifies Quality Management System (QMS) requirements, focused on an organization’s ability to meet and improve customer satisfaction, quality standards and environmental policy.
The ISO 14001:2004 certification is focused on Environmental Management Standard. This ensures that our organization has established, implemented, maintained and framed a process for improvement upon an environmental management system, to assure itself of conformity with its stated environmental policy.
We are certified by the SGS Group, the world’s leading inspection and certification company, recognized as benchmark for quality and integrity.
Moving forward, we truly believe that our Quality System will enable us to provide you, as our customer, additional added value with our products and services.

December 2012

BF precasted staves lining at Tulachermet – Russia

A precasted staves solution has been completed at Tulachermet BF1. It is the first experience in Russia of monolithic cooling staves manufactured during the capital relining of a new blast furnace.

Around 190 staves of the bosh, belly and lower stack area have been lined with dedicated products at different content of SiC and Al2O3. The solution has been based on the innovation of a “thin lining” concept by using reinforced low cement castables. The technique will contribute to reduce the human factors, which may influence the refractory installation, also improving the work environment.

The engineering of the products will enhance the fracture toughness, increasing the flexural strength, the impact resistance and reducing the plastic shrinkage cracking.

The staves lining has been realized directly at Tulachermet site in a cooperation project between Seven Refractories and the Blast Furnace Department. The staves have been also dried before installation by an infrared technology.

The advantages of this new technology can be resumed as a better quality control of the construction, higher physical characteristics of the lining, improved cooling efficiency of the staves, a shorter building timing and a reduced number of people at the working site.

BF1 is forecasted to be commissioned on spring 2013.

December 2012

1st Sales-Technical Meeting

Seven Refractories held its 1st Sales and Technical meeting in Divača on the November 15th.

Business partners and agents from 9 different nations worldwide were presented.

The main part of the meeting was focused on the technical capability of Seven Refractories, counting on an extended and high quality product range and innovative solutions for the iron, steel and cement industries.

The targets to extend the Seven business territory with sustainable business growth and social responsibility for environment have been well shared among the 30 participants.

November 2012

Seven in Italy

With particular focus on the important Italian cement market, but targeting as well the steel, aluminium, power and incineration industry, we count to establish and develop our local presence by utilising at best the favourable logistics, product consistency and flexibility of our plant in Divaca.  With this aim Seven Refractories Srl has been established.

Mr. Carlo Bovio will act as Managing Director, while his son Andrea Bovio takes on the role as Sales Manager, representing and promoting Seven Refractories on the Italian territory. Ms. Teresa Biancolillo will support the new company on accounting and administration matters. The whole team was in charge of Hoganas Bjuf Italy until February 2012, when the Swedish group decided to stop direct sales in Italy,  returning to its previous distributor.
The company is based in Castellazzo Bormida (Alessandria) in the North–West part of Italy and counts on a modern office structure as well as a well-equipped 800 m2 storage facility.
Contact Seven Refractories Italy

March 2012

Seven in Germany

In order to provide to our German customers our full range of products and services we have moved forward establishing Seven Refractories Deutschland GmbH.

The company is located in Düsseldorf. Managing Director Mr. Cesare Angelillo has been involved over a decade in sales and installation of monolithic refractories within the world largest refractories companies. He will be pleased to support and answer any customer’s need regarding monolithic refractory on the German territory.

Within the first 6 months after start of its German subsidiary Seven has successfully supplied material and service to 31 satisfied customer.
In order to follow up and push forward the positive trend, effective now we are pleased to introduce you our new German webpage.

February 2012

Sevens’ contribution to climate protection

It seems that this years winter decided not to show up its freezing teeth, actually it is giving us a lot of sun, feeding up constantly the solar cells of our nice new realisation – the photovoltaic roof.  Well, it can not be compared with its speed in summer, but the power counter is running fast when measuring the kW being produced in a certain moment. It is  confirming that the decision of exploating this renewable energy source, due to the geographic position and climate, was an intelligent step. The paneled surface of 2100 m2 has the potential to generate by directly converting solar radiation into electricity a total of 210 kWp, leading us to a positive CO2 balance.

The Seven Refractories site is probably the first refractory location in the world producing more electrical power than is its own consumption!

January 2012


Novolipetzk BF5: Stack repair by shotcrete technology

Novolipetzk Blast Furnace 5

Stack repair by shotcrete technology, 16-21 December 2011

During the one month BF5 shut down an important mechanical and refractory repair has been carried out at Novolipetsk Iron & Steel Works. After casting the residual molten metal by drilling the hearth and evacuating the residual coke and the old damaged bricks lining in the tuyeres area, a large replacement of the cooling staves of the bosh, belly and lower stack area took place.

The revamped area has been lined by monolithic castables installed by the shotcrete technique bringing an innovation in technical concept and materials. In a frame of 5 days work, by the help of three lifting platforms, a double team of refractory installers have fully regenerated the tuyeres belt area, the bosh and the entire lower stack. (more…)

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