Refractories

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Decelerating demand will result from slowing US iron and steel production and durable goods manufacturing, and from a shift toward better performing refractories that lengthen replacement cycles.

US demand to rise 3.3% annually through 2019

Demand for refractories in the US is forecast to increase 3.3 percent per year through 2019 to $3.1 billion. This will represent a deceleration from robust 2009-2014 gains, as iron and steel production in the US slows. Sales will also be limited by moderating output in a number of other durable goods manufacturing industries, many of which utilize refractories to at least some extent. Furthermore, a shift in demand toward better performing refractories, while providing an initial boost to sales due to their premium prices, will cause market growth to slow in the long run as replacement cycles are lengthened. On the positive side, rising raw refractory material prices will support value gains. Additionally, the nonmetallic minerals industry segment, which is expected to record the fastest market advances, utilizes some of the highest cost refractories, boosting overall dollar growth.

When measured in volume terms, demand increases will be much more sluggish, averaging under one percent per year through 2019, when sales will total 2.3 million tons. Improvements in refractory designs have enabled end users to utilize less material per ton of output. Among specific markets, non-metallic minerals will record the fastest demand gains, supported by an acceleration in output of cement and mineral products. Overall refractory market advances will be limited by only modest increases in iron and steel production in the US. The health of the iron and steel industry, which accounts for the largest share of refractory demand by volume, has a major impact on the total market.

Nonclay refractories to outpace clay types

Demand for nonclay refractories will increase at a faster rate than clay refractories through 2019, a reversal from the 2009-2014 period. Nonclay refractories typically offer a number of performance advantages that boost their use in more demanding applications, and nonclay refractory prices will rise faster than those for clay products, boosting value gains. However, the lower cost of clay refractories ensures that their continued use, especially where the performance advantages of nonclay refractories are not required.

Technological advantage of US producers to remain

As is the case with demand, refractory production increases will be limited by the modest gains anticipated for iron and steel production in the US. Domestic manufacturers of refractories will also continue to face competition from low cost foreign suppliers. Despite this, the technological advantage that US refractory producers have will continue to offer opportunities for growth, based on the global trend toward use of better performing refractories.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the $2.6 billion US refractory industry. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) with forecasts (2019 and 2024) by refractory form (e.g., bricks and shapes, monolithic), material (nonclay, clay) and market (e.g., metals industries, nonmetallic mineral processing, engineering contractors, nonmanufacturing industries, petroleum and chemicals). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 25 industry competitors, including HarbisonWalker International, Minerals Technologies, and Magnesita.

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  1. Refractories

    $5,300.00

  2. INTRODUCTION: REFRACTORIES TO 2019

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  3. Methodology & Sources of Information

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  4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: REFRACTORIES TO 2019

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  5. Overview

    $35.00

  6. US REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND (million dollars) 2009 - 2024

    $60.00

  7. MARKET ENVIRONMENT: REFRACTORIES TO 2019

    $1,425.00

  8. General

    $35.00

  9. Macroeconomic Trends (1 of 4)

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  10. Macroeconomic Trends (2 of 4)

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  11. Macroeconomic Trends (3 of 4)

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  12. Macroeconomic Trends (4 of 4)

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  13. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  14. Fixed Investment Trends (1 of 2)

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  15. Fixed Investment Trends (2 of 2)

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  16. NONRESIDENTIAL FIXED INVESTMENT (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  17. Manufacturing Outlook (1 of 3)

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  18. Manufacturing Outlook (2 of 3)

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  19. Manufacturing Outlook (3 of 3)

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  20. MANUFACTURERS’ SHIPMENTS (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  21. Refractory Technology (1 of 2)

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  22. Refractory Technology (2 of 2)

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  23. Basic Refractory Properties (1 of 2)

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  24. Basic Refractory Properties (2 of 2)

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  25. MELTING POINTS OF INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS & REFRACTORIES (thousand degrees Fahrenheit)

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  26. Refractory Shapes & Forms

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  27. Refractory Materials

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  28. Other Refractory Technological Developments

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  29. Refractories: Pricing Trends (1 of 2)

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  30. Refractories: Pricing Trends (2 of 2)

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  31. SELECTED US MANUFACTURER REFRACTORY PRICING (dollars per ton) 2004 - 2024

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  32. Refractories: Historical Market Trends

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  33. REFRACTORY DEMAND, 2004 - 2014

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  34. Refractories: International Environment

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  35. Refractories: World Supply & Demand (1 of 2)

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  36. Refractories: World Supply & Demand (2 of 2)

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  37. Refractories: Foreign Trade

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  38. US FOREIGN TRADE IN REFRACTORIES (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  39. US Imports

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  40. US REFRACTORY IMPORTS BY SOURCE, 2004 - 2014 (million dollars)

    $60.00

  41. US Exports

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  42. US REFRACTORY EXPORTS BY DESTINATION, 2004 - 2014 (million dollars)

    $60.00

  43. FORMS: REFRACTORIES TO 2019

    $1,290.00

  44. General

    $35.00

  45. Refractory Forms: Supply & Demand by Value

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  46. REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND BY FORM IN VALUE TERMS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  47. Refractory Forms: Supply & Demand by Volume

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  48. REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND BY FORM IN VOLUME TERMS (thousand tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  49. Refractory Bricks & Shapes: Overview (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  50. Refractory Bricks & Shapes: Overview (2 of 2)

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  51. REFRACTORY BRICK & SHAPE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  52. Refractories: Standard Bricks (1 of 2)

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  53. Refractories: Standard Bricks (2 of 2)

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  54. STANDARD BRICK REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  55. Refractories: Preformed Shapes (1 of 2)

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  56. Refractories: Preformed Shapes (2 of 2)

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  57. PREFORMED SHAPE REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  58. Monolithic Refractories: Overview (1 of 2)

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  59. Monolithic Refractories: Overview (2 of 2)

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  60. MONOLITHIC REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  61. Monolithic Refractories: Castables

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  62. CASTABLE REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  63. Monolithic Refractories: Plastic & Ramming Mixes

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  64. PLASTIC & RAMMING MIX REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  65. Monolithic Refractories: Gunning Mixes (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  66. Monolithic Refractories: Gunning Mixes (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  67. GUNNING MIX REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  68. Monolithic Refractories: Bonding & Other Mortars

    $35.00

  69. BONDING & OTHER MORTAR REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  70. Other Refractory Forms (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  71. Other Refractory Forms (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  72. OTHER REFRACTORY FORM SUPPLY & DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  73. MATERIALS: REFRACTORIES TO 2019

    $1,940.00

  74. General

    $35.00

  75. Refractory Supply & Demand by Value

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  76. REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND BY MATERIAL IN VALUE TERMS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  77. Refractory Supply & Demand by Volume

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  78. REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND BY MATERIAL IN VOLUME TERMS (thousand tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  79. Nonclay Refractory Products: Overview

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  80. NONCLAY REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  81. NONCLAY REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS BY MATERIAL, 2014: VALUE & VOLUME (percent)

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  82. Nonclay Refractories: Magnesite & Chrome (1 of 3)

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  83. Nonclay Refractories: Magnesite & Chrome (2 of 3)

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  84. Nonclay Refractories: Magnesite & Chrome (3 of 3)

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  85. MAGNESITE & CHROME REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  86. Nonclay Refractories: Zircon & Zirconia (1 of 2)

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  87. Nonclay Refractories: Zircon & Zirconia (2 of 2)

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  88. ZIRCON & ZIRCONIA REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  89. Nonclay Refractories: Extra-High Alumina (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  90. Nonclay Refractories: Extra-High Alumina (2 of 2)

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  91. EXTRA-HIGH ALUMINA REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  92. Nonclay Refractories: Ceramic Fibers (1 of 2)

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  93. Nonclay Refractories: Ceramic Fibers (2 of 2)

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  94. CERAMIC FIBER REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  95. Nonclay Refractories: Silicon Carbide

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  96. SILICON CARBIDE REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  97. Nonclay Refractories: Graphite & Carbon

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  98. GRAPHITE & CARBON REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  99. Nonclay Refractories: Mullite

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  100. MULLITE REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  101. Nonclay Refractories: Silica (1 of 2)

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  102. Nonclay Refractories: Silica (2 of 2)

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  103. SILICA REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  104. Nonclay Refractories: Dolomite & Other (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  105. Nonclay Refractories: Dolomite & Other (2 of 2)

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  106. DOLOMITE & OTHER NONCLAY REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  107. Clay Refractory Products: Overview (1 of 2)

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  108. Clay Refractory Products: Overview (2 of 2)

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  109. CLAY REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  110. CLAY REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS BY MATERIAL, 2014: VALUE & VOLUME (percent)

    $35.00

  111. Clay Refractories: High-Alumina

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  112. HIGH-ALUMINA CLAY REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  113. Clay Refractories: Fireclay (1 of 2)

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  114. Clay Refractories: Fireclay (2 of 2)

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  115. FIRECLAY REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  116. Clay Refractories: Insulating

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  117. INSULATING CLAY REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  118. MARKETS: REFRACTORIES TO 2019

    $2,010.00

  119. Overview (1 of 2)

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  120. Overview (2 of 2)

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  121. REFRACTORY VOLUME DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  122. REFRACTORY VALUE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  123. REFRACTORY DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014: VOLUME & VALUE (percent)

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  124. Metals Industries: Refractory Demand

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  125. Metals Industries: Outlook (1 of 3)

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  126. Metals Industries: Outlook (2 of 3)

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  127. Metals Industries: Outlook (3 of 3)

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  128. METALS INDUSTRY INDICATORS (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  129. Metals Industries: Refractory Demand

    $35.00

  130. METALS INDUSTRY REFRACTORY MARKET (thousand tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  131. Iron & Steel: Refractory Demand (1 of 3)

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  132. Iron & Steel: Refractory Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  133. Iron & Steel: Refractory Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  134. IRON & STEEL PRODUCTION REFRACTORY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  135. Steel Refractory Manufacturers & Products

    $35.00

  136. Nonferrous Metals: Refractory Demand (1 of 2)

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  137. Nonferrous Metals: Refractory Demand (2 of 2)

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  138. NONFERROUS METAL PRODUCTION REFRACTORY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  139. Metal Casting & Fabrication: Refractory Demand

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  140. METAL CASTING & FABRICATION REFRACTORY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  141. Nonmetallic Mineral Processing Industries: Refractory Demand

    $35.00

  142. Nonmetallic Mineral Processing Industries: Outlook

    $35.00

  143. NONMETALLIC MINERAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  144. NONMETALLIC MINERAL PRODUCT REFRACTORY MARKET (thousand tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  145. Ceramics: Refractory Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  146. Ceramics: Refractory Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  147. CERAMICS REFRACTORY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  148. Glass: Refractory Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  149. Glass: Refractory Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  150. GLASS REFRACTORY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  151. Cement, Lime, & Other Mineral Processing: Refractory Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  152. Cement, Lime, & Other Mineral Processing: Refractory Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  153. CEMENT, LIME, & OTHER MINERAL PROCESSING REFRACTORY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  154. Engineering Contractors: Refractory Demand

    $35.00

  155. ENGINEERING CONTRACTOR REFRACTORY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  156. Nonmanufacturing Industries: Refractory Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  157. Nonmanufacturing Industries: Refractory Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  158. NONMANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES REFRACTORY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  159. Petroleum & Chemicals: Refractory Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  160. Petroleum & Chemicals: Refractory Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  161. PETROLEUM & CHEMICAL REFRACTORY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  162. Other Manufacturing Industries: Refractory Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  163. Other Manufacturing Industries: Refractory Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  164. OTHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES REFRACTORY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  165. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE: REFRACTORIES TO 2019

    $565.00

  166. General

    $35.00

  167. Industry Composition & Restructuring

    $35.00

  168. US REFRACTORY & RAW MATERIAL SALES BY COMPANY, 2014 (million dollars)

    $60.00

  169. Market Share: General

    $35.00

  170. US REFRACTORY MARKET SHARE BY LEADING COMPANIES,* 2014 (percent)

    $60.00

  171. Market Share: Leading Refractory Suppliers (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  172. Market Share: Leading Refractory Suppliers (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  173. Market Share: Leading Refractory Suppliers (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  174. Significant Raw Material Suppliers

    $35.00

  175. Product Development & Manufacturing (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  176. Product Development & Manufacturing (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  177. CAPITAL SPENDING PATTERNS: SELECTED REFRACTORY MANUFACTURERS (million dollars)

    $60.00

  178. Marketing & Distribution (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  179. Marketing & Distribution (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  180. COMPANY PROFILES: REFRACTORIES TO 2019

    $1,365.00

  181. Company Profiles Methodology

    $35.00

  182. Alcoa Incorporated

    $35.00

  183. Allied Mineral Products (American Precast)

    $35.00

  184. Almatis GmbH (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  185. Almatis GmbH (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  186. Alteo Holding

    $35.00

  187. AluChem Incorporated

    $35.00

  188. Asbury Carbons

    $35.00

  189. BNZ Materials

    $35.00

  190. CerCo LLC

    $35.00

  191. Corning Incorporated

    $35.00

  192. HarbisonWalker International (ANH) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  193. HarbisonWalker International (ANH) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  194. Imerys SA (Calderys) (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  195. Imerys SA (Calderys) (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  196. Imerys SA (Calderys) (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  197. Imerys SA (Calderys) (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  198. Kerneos SA

    $35.00

  199. Lhoist SA

    $35.00

  200. Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB)

    $35.00

  201. Magneco/Metrel Incorporated

    $35.00

  202. Magnesita Refratários

    $35.00

  203. Minerals Technologies (Minteq) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  204. Minerals Technologies (Minteq) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  205. Morgan Advanced Materials (Thermal Ceramics) (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  206. Morgan Advanced Materials (Thermal Ceramics) (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  207. Morgan Advanced Materials (Thermal Ceramics) (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  208. Plibrico Company

    $35.00

  209. Resco Products

    $35.00

  210. RHI AG (Veitsch-Radex)

    $35.00

  211. Saint-Gobain (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  212. Saint-Gobain (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  213. TYK Corporation

    $35.00

  214. Unifrax I LLC (VacuForm) (Specialty Ceramics) (Refractory Specialties) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  215. Unifrax I LLC (VacuForm) (Specialty Ceramics) (Refractory Specialties) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  216. Vesuvius plc (Metallurgica) (Cookson) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  217. Vesuvius plc (Metallurgica) (Cookson) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  218. Other Companies Mentioned in the Study (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  219. Other Companies Mentioned in the Study (2 of 2)

    $35.00

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