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Mar

2020

Almatis COVID-19 Update & Approval to Operate as a Critical Business
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Almatis is working diligently to protect the health and safety of our employees, supply chain partners and customers in order to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recognize that the situation is uniquely difficult for every single one of us, without exception. In the face of great challenges, we would like to thank our global employees, whether they are onsite at the production facilities or working from home, for their perseverance and dedication to servicing our customers in these challenging times.

Almatis continues to monitor the situation closely, and will comply with all government issued operational and health guidelines. Currently, Almatis has received the requisite government approvals as a critical business in order to continue its operations in the Americas, Europe, China and Japan.

Yours sincerely
Almatis GmbH

23

Jan

2020

Work Started to Put Almatis Tabular Plant Back into Operation
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On January 22, the German Authorities concluded their investigations of the Almatis Ludwigshafen tabular alumina plant and released the accident area to Almatis.

Almatis immediately began work on the area, assessing the extent of the damages and initiating first measures for a quick and safe restart of the tabular plant. 
Almatis is grateful that no human or environmental harm resulted from the January 16 fire at their facility.
The Almatis global supply chain will be relied on to secure Tabular Alumina supply to their European customers.  Almatis produces Tabular Alumina in four other locations, including Rotterdam, Netherlands, and has available capacity to meet all customer needs.
Also, Almatis will later in the quarter commission their newest Tabular Alumina facility in Falta, India. 
All other Almatis products are not at all impacted.

16

Jan

2020

Press Release

On 16 January 2020 at around 1:45AM, a fire and subsequent explosion occurred in the sintering plant at Almatis GmbH in Ludwigshafen.

Most importantly there were no casualties. The root cause of the incident is still unknown. Our experts and the local authorities are currently investigating. The fire brigade and rescue services were immediately on site and the fire was rapidly brought under control. The extent of the damage to property cannot yet be quantified.

The effects of the accident were limited to the part of the building containing a mill, and there was at no time any danger to residents or the environment. The official representatives are currently conducting damage assessment on site.

Only the Sinter plant is affected. The Calcination and Grinding Center continue on normal product levels. The Sinter plant will remain out of operation until further notice.

Our global supply network will be utilized to ensure minimal impact for our customers. The Almatis Commercial Team will be contacting customers that may be affected in the short term.

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26

Jul

2018

Almatis constructing new Tabular Alumina plant in Falta
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As demand for Tabular Alumina expands with India’s refractory requirements, Almatis is committed to support and enhance our customers’ success with Quality alumina products and excellent service. A positive outlook for Indian produced steel, leveraged by growing GDP and per capita steel consumption requires premium alumina for longer refractory life.

“Almatis is committed to providing continuous support to the Indian refractory industry,” Emre Timurkan, Almatis’ CEO said. He assured the market that, “Almatis is on a path of rapid construction to satisfy our customers’ increasing demand for high quality Tabular Alumina.”

Operating since 1995, Almatis’ India business is based in Falta with a processing plant that has been growing steadily. Now with this forthcoming, world-class facility, Almatis will expand with integrated manufacturing line in India with Tabular Alumina converters installed. This investment will enable shorter lead times and a further improvement of flexibility from a plant in the proximity of our Indian and Asian customers.

Almatis India General Manager, Sarit Kundu, who’s responsible for execution of this strategic project, affirmed Almatis’ commitment: “Quality and delivery are of prime importance to Almatis. This upcoming Falta India Tabular Alumina production facility would meet the needs of our valued Indian customers and provide supply security for this growing market”.

 

29

Aug

2017

Press Release

Almatis announces a major expansion of their Falta, India specialty alumina plant with the planned installation of a tabular alumina converter. This important backward integration investment will build on Almatis’ eighty-one years of experience producing tabular alumina.

Since initiating production in India in 1995, Almatis has built a leading position in supplying India's rapidly growing refractory, ceramic and polishing markets. To quickly improve the ability to serve the local Indian market, plant construction will begin soon. Once completed, the facility will competitively serve the growing Indian demand with a fully integrated, strong local presence.

“Making our Falta plant a fully backward integrated tabular production facility expands our tabular capacity and strategically locates production near a growing market that is very important to Almatis’ future,” said Almatis Chief Commercial Officer, Stefan Rieder, when announcing the expansion.

With the expansion, all Almatis global environmental and quality management systems will be in place to assure high quality products, delivery reliability and social responsibility.

“The Indian market has always expressed their appreciation for the Premium Alumina that Almatis delivers,” said Commercial Director India, Sarbapi Mukherjee. “Our alumina expertise is matched by our excellent local service and technical support capabilities. This expansion of our Falta plant will further enhance the customer experience with value added premium alumina, available at their doorstep.”

04

Apr

2017

Press Release

The 2017 Planje Award recognizes Dr. Buhr for his important achievements in the research of high alumina refractories and for developing the best alumina refractory solutions for customers’ challenging high temperature environments. Dr. Buhr brings strong leadership to Almatis’ product development and technical application support with teams in Europe, Americas and Asia. He has authored near 85 papers on refractories and his leading-edge refractories research continues to develop enhanced alumina products at Almatis.
Dr. Buhr presented to the gathered audience on “Mineralogy in Refractories” and the continued value of phase diagrams in research excellence. He 

in turn took the opportunity to honor his PhD thesis advisors -- Eduard Woermann and Manfred Koltermann -- who guided his development as a young researcher of high alumina castables.

21

Nov

2016

New CCO for Almatis
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Almatis has appointed Stefan Rieder as Chief Commercial Officer as per 1st of November 2016. As member of the Almatis Executive Committee and located in the group's global head office in Frankfurt, Mr. Rieder will be responsible for Global Sales, Marketing and Business Development driving the growth strategy of Almatis as the leading player in the field of specialty alumina.  Mr. Rieder joins with 20 years of international business management experience gained in chemical, specialty glass and plastics industries for companies like Hoechst AG, SCHOTT AG and Borealis AG whereas he spent the majority of his career on international assignments in Europe and Asia where he successfully managed 

businesses such as pharmaceutical packaging.  
 
Henning Stams, CEO of Almatis commented: “I am very happy to see Stefan joining as we now can better focus on the need of our customers globally and further strengthen our forward-oriented engagement to develop mutual benefit along promising trends, leveraging on our strong technological knowledge and longstanding experience in this industry”.


Sep

2016

Five Years after Market Launch – Experiences with BSA 96
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In 2011 Almatis introduced a new high alumina sintered aggregate to the market – BSA 96. The idea was to offer a European alternative to other high alumina aggregates – fused, natural or sintered. This paper will present a brief overview of the special characteristics of BSA 96 and describe the experience over the past five years using BSA 96 in various applications such as AMC bricks, high alumina bricks and blast furnace runner castables. Special focus will be on the formation of so-called CAM phases found in sintered castables with BSA 96 as the matrix component together with fine spinel and cement.

25

Feb

2016

Press Release

With the challenging economics of today’s global aluminum industry driving significant changes in the North American non-metallurgical alumina industry, Almatis has the commitment and capability to deliver its customers uninterrupted, secure local supply for their specialty alumina needs. Backward integrated with the 2013 purchase of the Burnside alumina refinery, Almatis has unique control of its supply chain and can provide its customers long-term stability in this time of big industry shifts. The recent announcements of curtailment and financial protection of the three other U.S. alumina refineries exposes the potential vulnerability of non-metallurgical alumina buyers to the swings in metal values.

Investments in Almatis Burnside have upgraded it to a chemical grade facility that supplies Almatis operations in the US and Europe with a high quality feedstock for producing their products and also supplying the non-metallurgical alumina chemical markets. The Burnside alumina refinery has an annual capacity of about 500,000 metric tonnes. Besides fulfilling internal feedstock requirements, Almatis will supply calcined alumina and hydrated alumina to fill the void resulting from the curtailments. Significant investments have been brought forward to ensure Almatis is a strong, long-term, reliable partner for the U.S. refractory, ceramic, polishing and chemical industries.

“Almatis has the only North American refinery operated and maintained solely for the quality needs of the specialty alumina and chemicals markets and thus completely independent from the much more volatile metallurgical grade alumina market,” stated Almatis CEO Henning Stams.  “Our production plants and those of our existing and new customers can rely on this,” he added.


Feb

2016

Trends in Clean Steel Technology and Refractory Engineering
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The permanent development of steel producing technology is a main driver for the development of new and improved refractories. The paper briefl y discusses the trends in steel secondary metallurgy and how modern engineered refractories provide innovative solutions for challenging conditions in the steel making process. Examples are given how refractories contribute to steel quality and economical improvements in the process.


Feb

2016

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flow calorimetry and quantitative in-situ X-ray diffraction (QXRD) during hydration. Heat flow was calculated by combining the QXRD data obtained during hydration of the mixes together with the standard enthalpies of formation of the participating phases. Comparing the observed heat flow from calorimetry with the heat flow calculated from QXRD data, good conformance could be obtained. The results show a clear pronounced influence of CA2 on hydration of CAC and its heat of hydration during the first 22 hours. After more than 10 hours the hydration of CA2 gives the major contribution to the heat flow. Introduction The hydration of calcium-mono-aluminate (CA) is part of several previous investigations and is well known. In common calcium aluminate cements (CAC) CA is the main hydraulic phase responsible for early strength development. Although recent investigations showed that CA reactivity can be increased by its fineness [1], it is worth having a closer look at CA2 - the second main phase in most white CACs. CA2 is known to be weakly hydraulic and was not of great interest in past investigations which looked into the hydration of CAC [2]. The hydration of synthesised CA and CA2 in different ratios together with ZrSiO4 as an inert filler, were investigated with isothermal heat flow calorimetry and in-situ X-ray diffraction. Through a combination of both methods the heat flow contributions of CA and CA2 were evaluated.

Abstract: Calcium-mono-aluminate (CA or CaAl2O4) and calcium-di-aluminate (CA2 or CaAl4O7) are the main phases in iron free high alumina cements (CAC) which are used in demanding refractory applications. It is well known that the hydraulic reactivity of calcium aluminate phases increases with the calcium content of the phase, and therefore CA shows higher reactivity than CA2. Some literature even claims that CA2 would be an almost inert Phase with regard to hydraulic reactivity. This study investigates the Hydration of pure CA and blends of CA and CA2 using heat 


Jan

2016

Applications for Alumina in the Automotive Market
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Almatis News

Alumina, due to its powerful physical, thermal and electrical properties is by far the most used and cost-effective ceramic material in technical applications. As a result of the high mechanical strength, excellent chemical resistance, electrical properties and dimensional stability at high temperatures, alumina ceramics makes an ideal material for many parts in automotive applications. Some of the typical applications include catalytic substrates, electronic substrates, various mechanical wear parts, spark plugs and polishing. Almatis offers the broadest alumina portfolio in the industry with a broad variety of product solutions for the industry.

04

Dec

2015

New CEO Appointment for Almatis
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Effective December 1, 2015, the Board of Atterbury S.A., a subsidiary of OYAK, appointed Henning Stams as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Almatis Group. 

Mr. Stams succeeds Taco Gerbranda who has been appointed to the position of Advisor to the Board of Atterbury S.A., which will benefit from his vast corporate and Almatis experience.  Dinç Kızıldemir, Chairman of Almatis, and an Executive Vice President of OYAK commented: 

“We would like to thank Taco for his successful management and leadership of Almatis over the last years and especially during the process of the acquisition by OYAK.”

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Henning Stams was Almatis’ Vice President of Supply Chain and IT and served as a member of the Group’s Executive Committee from 2009.  He joined Almatis in 2004 as Chief Information Officer, with the primary responsibility for overseeing the carve-out of Almatis from Alcoa.  Previously he held a variety of different management and consultancy positions. Mr. Stams holds a Master’s Degree in Science from the University of Cologne and also serves as a judge at the Regional Court of Frankfurt.

Henning Stams stated “Our industry is currently facing challenging global market conditions.  My top priority will be to ensure that Almatis continues to be a reliable, competitive, value-adding and hence preferred solution and supply partner.  Through leveraging our strong technological knowledge, we shall further focus on offering best-fit solutions to our customers.”


Dec

2015

Almatis News

There are many perceptions in the market about the most appropriate refractory aggregate for a particular application. Opinions about the relative benefits of the fused and sintered versions of synthetic high alumina materials are set and often difficult to discuss and refute. But changes in the refractory raw materials market over the past few years have influenced the properties of the currently available synthetic high alumina materials and triggered the development of new aggregates. The purpose of this paper is to outline the differences between high alumina fused and sintered 

raw materials. The focus will be on physical properties such as density, porosity and grain shape, but the influence on the final properties of refractory formulations such as bricks, castables or dry vibratable mixes is also discussed (DVMs).

01

Sep

2015

DIC completes sale of Almatis to OYAK
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1st September 2015: Dubai International Capital (DIC), the private equity arm of Dubai Holding, today announces that it has completed the sale of Almatis (the "Group"), the world's leading supplier of premium alumina for the refractory, ceramic and polishing industries to OYAK, Turkey's largest private pension fund. The completion of this sale follows receipt of all relevant regulatory approvals.

 

Taco Gerbranda, Chief Executive Officer of Almatis, said: “We are grateful to DIC for their support and the strong partnership that we formed during their ownership period. This partnership was critical in allowing us to undertake very ambitious strategic steps that ensured the longer term stability of our company by extending our global presence, increasing capacity and becoming vertically integrated, with the single objective to better serve our customers.

 

Today marks the start of a new chapter for Almatis, with an owner who has expertise in our sector. This transaction positions Almatis very well to support the growth of our customers, grow with them and at the same time strengthen our leadership in the premium alumina industry. With its strong understanding of Almatis' customer needs, the market opportunities and challenges, OYAK is well placed to foster Almatis' continuous development, pursuing its long-term strategy.”

David Smoot, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai International Capital, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the sale of Almatis. During our ownership, our close collaboration with the management team and investment in the business allowed the Group to achieve significant growth and improvements in its operations. The Group has an extremely attractive growth potential and OYAK is the right partner to support it in the next phase of its development.”


Jul

2015

DIC sells Almatis to Turkish pension fund Oyak
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The owners of German speciality alumina producer Almatis and its shareholders have agreed to sell the group to Turkey’s largest pension fund, Oyak.

14

Jul

2015

OYAK signs agreement to acquire Almatis
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Rotterdam, the Netherlands – 14 July 2015: Almatis (the "Group"), the world's leading supplier of premium alumina for the refractory, ceramic and polishing industries, today announced that its shareholders, including majority owner Dubai International Capital LLC ('DIC'), have signed an agreement to sell the Group to OYAK, Turkey's largest private pension fund. 
 

Taco Gerbranda, Chief Executive Officer of Almatis, said: “As a long-term investor, OYAK is expected to significantly strengthen Almatis' financial position and to support the Group's continued growth. This is a major milestone for Almatis and we look forward to the completion of the transaction”

Completion of the transaction is conditional upon receipt of all relevant regulatory approvals.

 


Feb

2015

Almatis News

The use of monolithic refractories has spread throughout various industries over the past few decades. Today it is common practice to install monolithics in heavy wear areas. In the past, only refractory bricks were used. Unlike bricks, unshaped products require sintering during operational use to obtain their final properties. Applications outside the iron and steel industry are often referred to as “industrial applications”. Industrial applications also demand improved castable properties such as better chemical stability, mechanical strength and abrasion resistance in 

intermediate temperature ranges. The service temperatures in industrial applications are often below 1200 °C, so castables do not attain sufficient energy for strong sintering reactions. Matrix properties are important for refractory castables. They determine not only workability and strength, but also performance within an application. By optimising the overall particle size distribution of fine and superfine materials including the binder, better workability can be achieved. In addition, the physical properties of castables can be improved, especially in intermediate temperature ranges. Calcined and reactive aluminas and dispersing additives can also contribute significantly to the improvement of matrix performance with respect to water demand, setting control and strength development.