Criticality of Refractories

Aug 13, 2021 / People

Refractories play a critical, yet often overlooked role in the daily operations of almost every primary sector of finished goods manufacturing. Supplied to customers in powders (monolithics), bricks, custom-shaped, or functional products, refractories protect furnaces and other equipment from the inside by safely containing countless different materials, as they are melted, burned, shaped, or bonded.

Check out the latest from the World Refractories Association on the importance of our industry, told through the voices of the people behind the products.


About HarbisonWalker International

With more than 150 years of industry leadership, HarbisonWalker International (HWI) is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company’s international network spans North America, Europe, and Asia, with 19 manufacturing plants, 30 global sourcing centers, and technology facilities in both the United States and China. Serving virtually every major industry that requires refractory solutions to enhance production and protect assets, HWI is consistently recognized for its talented experts, industry firsts, and intensely driven excellence.



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