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Mar

2020

Almatis COVID-19 Update & Approval to Operate as a Critical Business
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Almatis News

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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Press Release

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.

German Version


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).


Jul

2015

DIC sells Almatis to Turkish pension fund Oyak
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Almatis News

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


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.