Immediately after the start of Seven’s focus on aluminium, we were entrusted with a crucial task. Rusal, a leading aluminium producer, had a need of urgent delivery for the mixer in Sayanogorsk plant, Siberia.
Both the horizontal part and the ramp of the bath underwent repair works. Special materials by Seven Refractories were provided for the insulation layer, the working layer of the ramp as well as the ramp and sill.
“Seven performed this important project with a variety of materials available in an extremely short time”, explains Alexey Kirin, Technical Expert. “Both the time pressure and the combination of various materials proved to be a challenge. In the end we managed to produce and deliver the product 2 days before the agreed delivery time. We understood the satisfaction of the customer when received many thanks during our company presentation end of February»
Ensuring optimum consistency of the dry mix was key to the successful repair: hitting the right amount of water to dry mix ensures minimum shrinkage after hardening. Initial checks proved the emergency repair had been performed to the full satisfaction of the client.
Seven’s growth over the last years has triggered substantial expansions: In 2016, the main plant in Divača/Slovenia was expanded with fully integrated production, shipping, and storage systems. New and improved lines for dry-mixing and taphole clays are complemented by a brand new 300m2 laboratory.
In February 2017, Seven takes a crucial step in its further international expansion with the opening of its brand-new plant in Karaganda, located approximately 200 kilometers South-East of Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. The factory capacity of 40.000 mt will ensure that clients in the area are provided with modern refractory products in time and without unnecessary transport cost.
“Kazakhstan has a wealth of natural resources, especially oil and iron ore, which has led to the development of a highly dynamic production industry. In addition, Kazakhstan’s strategic location makes it an ideal site for Seven’s most Eastern plant”, comments Vladimir Bedov, Board VP of Seven Refractories. “The entire team worked very hard to have the new plant up and running according to the time frame we developed”, adds Metod Prelec, who was posted to Kazakhstan from Seven’s main plant in Divača/Slovenia. The first production run was successfully completed in mid-February, just as planned.
“Our discussions with potential clients are highly promising, and we are getting very positive signals about our presence in the area”, explains Maxim Glazunov, General Manager Kazakhstan. “To provide potential customers in the area with advanced refractories is highly needed, and we are ready to provide the most modern products.”
Less than a year after the publication of Seven’s first brochure for the aluminium industry, satisfied customers in several countries have been won.
Deliveries have gone to Germany, Italy, the Slovak Republic, Russia, and Taiwan.
Marco Tonidandel, Business Development Manager at Seven explains: “More customers trust our products as they were convinced by the performance of products and because they appreciate the completeness of our product range, it allows for custom solutions for each type of furnace or process.”
The choice of the optimal refractory solution for these manifold applications is crucial in order to ensure furnace performance and longevity. In recent months, Seven has signed on several customers in Southern, Central, and Eastern Europe as well as Asia.
“Over the last years we have become an important and widely known supplier for the steel and iron industry in Russia”, says Roman Cheglov, Managing Director Seven Russia. “We are therefore proud and happy to expand our activities also to aluminium production. It is typical for the speed of Seven Refractories that the first sales comes before we even had a chance to translate the aluminium brochure into Russian.”