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August 3, 2012

Refractory Manufacturer : Vesuvius India net profit decreases despite increase in sales

Refractory manufacturer Vesuvius India Ltd has reported a net profit of Rs 12.56 crore in the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 against Rs 14.34 crore in the corresponding quarter in the previous year. 
According to the company reports their net sales improved during this period to Rs 138.85 from Rs 135.7 crore. 
In the first quarter this year, Vesuvius India Ltd had recorded a net profit of Rs 11.56 crore and net sales of Rs 138.14 crore. 

(Source: The Hindu Business Line)

December 11, 2010

Job Opportunity (Vacancy) with Vesuvius India – Process and QA Engineer

VESUVIUS India Limited
Process and QA/QC Engineer (2 vacancies)
About the Company
Vesuvius is a world leader in the design, engineering, manufacture and delivery of refractory products, systems and services for high-technology industrial applications:
Refractories and systems used to control, regulate and protect the flow of steel in the continuous casting process: Alumina graphite isostatically-pressed tubes, nozzles and stoppers, Slide-gate and tube-changer systems and plates, Gas-purging plugs and temperature control devices. Ceramics and chemicals for the foundry industry, such as crucibles, such as filters, feeding systems, coatings, binders, crucibles, stoppers and refractory linings. Fused-silica refractories for flat glass manufacture and the melting of polycristalline silicon.  Refractory linings for high-temperature, heavy-duty industrial applications. With the integration of Foseco in April 2008, Vesuvius is now present in 30 countries on 5 continents, with 80 manufacturing units, 7 R&D centres and numerous sales agencies, together employing over 12,000 people.
Vesuvius India Limited has four manufacturing plants, one at Kolkata, two at Visakhapatnam and one near Ahmedabad with other third party manufacturing facilities. Vesuvius provides refractory solutions to industries in Steel, Aluminum, Petrochemical, Sponge Iron, Cement, Foundry, etc.
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Functional Area
Production, Maintenance, Quality
Glass, Ceramics & Concrete, Construction.
Quality Assurance / Quality Control Manager
Full time.
Job Description
=> The planned recruitments (2 positions) are for the refractory linings manufacturing facilities located at Visakhapatnam, with the objective of strengthening the key functions of Process Control and Quality Assurance. Reporting to the Technical Manager – Linings, these positions will be instrumental in delivering the quality objectives of the company, working closely with the process operatives and in complete coordination with the production management.
=> Key responsibilities:
1. Process standardization and ensuring adherence to standards.
2. Operator training on quality assurance.
3. Problem solving using modern techniques (rejection, variation, etc.)
4. Analysis, trending and interpretation of QC lab test results.
5. Creation / maintenance of QA procedure manuals.
6. Process audits and involvement in gap closure.
7. Effective initiation of new process technologies into manufacturing
Desired Candidate Profile
=> B.Tech/B.E. (Ceramic, Chemical, Mechanical) / M. Sc (Chemistry) with 2-5 yrs experience.
=> Must have hands-on exposure to the above areas in a modern process industry, either in a similar capacity or in production management / supervision.
=> Knowledge of refractory materials and / or metallurgical processes may be an added advantage but is / are not a must.
=> Candidate must have strong logical thinking capability, an ability to work in teams and people skills.
Vesuvius India Ltd
P-104, Taratala Road
KOLKATA,(West Bengal),
India 700088.

October 5, 2008

Glimpses of the Growth of Refractory Industry in India

The Indian Refractory Industry is more than a century old. With the passage of time it has made considerable improvements both in terms of volume of production & quality of products. The strengths of the Indian Refractory Industry are its assets like -
  • Availability of many raw materials in the country itself.
  • Availability of skilled & qualified manpower at a cheap rate.
  • Presence of a continuously increasing, big market within the country itself.
These resources have been fully exploited by the refractory manufacturers to derive maximum benefits from them. According to a recent data at present, the Refractory Industry in India has an installed capacity of 1.7 million metric tons per annum from about 90 refractory units out of which 30 large and medium and 60 small scale units with a capital investment of about Rs.800 crores & providing direct employment to more than 30000 people engaged in manufacturing various grades of refractories as per international standards and qualities. The annual production from these units has been in the range of 0.70 million tons, which implies capacity utilization of less than 50% of the installed capacity. This figure reflects that the trend of refractory production in India is almost comparable with the world trend where total installed capacity of about 2000 companies is roughly 40 million tons and the production is about 20 million tons which is almost 50% of capacity utilization.

Sector wise consumption of Refractories

Refractory Consumption (%)
Although non-ferrous consuming industries of refractories are there in a significant number but the steel industry being the major consumer of the refractory products (ref the ‘Sector wise Refractory Consumption’ Table), the demand - supply pattern of refractories have invariably been influenced by the technological & production changes in the Steel Industry. In India the first Refractory manufacturing unit was set up at Raniganj in 1874 by Burn & Company (now Burn Standard Co. Ltd) to cater to the needs of Ordinance Factory, Railway workshops, Calcutta mint, Foundries etc. With the setting up of Tata Steel and Indian Iron & Steel Company in the beginning of the century the demand of refractories increased. As a result several refractory manufacturing units were set up like - Kumardhubi Fireclay & Silica Works (KFS), Bihar Firebricks, Reliance Firebricks etc. After independence of India a number of integrated steel plants were set up by Hindustan Steel (now SAIL) at Durgapur, Bhilai, Rourkela and Tata Steel also doubled its capacity with technology up-gradation. To meet their requirements Burn & Co. Ltd expanded their manufacturing capacity and set up more units in West Bengal, Bihar, MP and Tamil Nadu. A number of small - medium refractory units came in and around Asansol - Durgapur - Chirkunda - Dhanbad belt viz. Bihar Pottery at Rupnarainpur, National Refractory at Salanpur, Hindustan Refractory at Durgapur, India Refractories (later on Kesoram Refractories & now ORIND Bengal) at Kulti, Harry Refractories at Kalubathan, Maithan Ceramics & Valley Refractories at Chirkunda etc just to name a few. Several large scale refractory plants were set up during this period with latest know-how like - Belpahar Refractories (now Tata Refractories Limited), Orissa Cement (now OCL India Ltd), Orissa Industries (ORIND), ACC Refractories (Ace Refractories Ltd), India Firebricks & Insulation etc. During 70’s with the setting up of Bokaro Steel Plant and modernization / expansion of major steel plants the demand of refractories went up. Few more units came up in private & public sectors like - Ipitata Refractories (now Nilachal Refractories), Raasi Refractories Ltd, Indo Flogate (IFGL), Bharat Refractories etc. Unfortunately with the change in steel technology and demand of better type of refractories by other industries, requirement of conventional refractories reduced considerably resulting in a closure of some of these old Refractory units. The introduction of L.D. converters, continuous casting and secondary steel making processes in India demanded refractory products of a highly sophisticated and resilient kind. From 80’s onwards the demand for sophisticated refractories started to increase as in order to increase their campaign life & reduce cost of production. Besides Steel, other industries like - Cement, Hydrocarbon, Sponge iron, Glass, Aluminium etc also started to opt for such new generation refractories in place of the conventional types. Again, in the new millennium since India has been witnessing a spurt in the growth of steel production by capacity enhancement of most of the Integrated Steel Plants as well as due to the upcoming of quite a few big Integrated Steel Plants in the private sector. Because of this growing demand of Refractories within the country and as a result of post liberalization era (open door business policy taken by the Indian Govt) not only some of the existing large scale Refractory Plants have either made tie-ups with some other international giant or even opted for new acquisitions in another country but also, the Indian Refractory Industry as whole needed to invest further in their R&D activities, improve manufacturing technology both in terms of quality & quantity in tandem with the changes of the consuming industries. Also refer to the artcle Milestones in the Development of Refractories in India.

The Table below presents an account of some of the important events in the growth of the Indian Refractory Industry.

YearImportant Events in the Refractory Industry
1874First Refractory unit by Burn & Company at Raniganj
1905Kumardhubi Fireclay & Silica Works (KFS) at Chirkunda started production.
1934Parashuram Pottery Works at Morvi.
1940Basic Brick production started at Tata Steel.
1949Harry Refractories at Kalubathan near Dhanbad.
1957OCL established with Dr. C. Otto & Co. (WG).
1958Belpahar Refractories in collaboration with Didier Werke (WG).
1962India Refractories established in collaboration with Pragnovist, Czeckoslovakia
1963ORIND with the help of Harbison Waker (USA).
1966Carborundum Unioversal with Carborundum Co (USA)
1973Rajhans Refractories Pvt. Ltd, Katrasgargh.
1974Bharat Refractories (BRL)
1970'sMaithan Ceramics, Valley Refractories, Perfect Refractories, etc.
1980'sIndo Flogates, SNCCIL, IPITATA Refractories, Orient Abrasive, Orient Cerawool, Raasi Refractory, VRW Refract, Castwell, Refractory Specialities, Mahakoshal Ceramics, etc
1990'sVesuvius India Ltd, Katni Tile Works, SKG Refract, Pacific Refract, Sarvesh Refract etc

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