Ceramics and glass are used in many industrial applications to support manufacturing within sectors such as metallurgical, chemical, mechanical, and energy production.
Properties that make these materials desirable in these fields are primarily wear and corrosion resistance, hardness, resistance to chemical attack, thermal and electrical insulation, and high-temperature resistance and compressive strength.
The largest category of products is represented by refractories. By definition, refractories are materials that are capable of withstanding operating conditions of 1,000°C or greater. Although approximately 80% of the refractory market is accounted for by the metallurgical sector (for processing of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals), these products also find application in other industries such as glass, ceramics and cement manufacturing, as well as in power generation.