Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories

The Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories (UNITECR) will take place in Frankfurt/Germany from September 26-29, 2023 and is organized by the European Centre for Refractories (ECREF). It is the largest technical conference worldwide for refractories companies, their suppliers and customers.

Refractories experts for purchasing/sales, raw materials and production, machinery equipment and accessories are expected to attend, as well as executives from research and development and qualified young professionals from universities and institutes.

The customer side from the steel, cement or glass industry and from other sectors, such as the chemical or petrochemical industry or thermal waste recycling, have also already expressed interest in participating or giving a presentation.

More than 300 submissions for papers have been received for the UNITECR conference program following the global “call-for-papers”. “With the great support in our worldwide association network and our media partners but also with the help of the refractory friends and their spreading in the social networks, we have received a very big reception. Many thanks for that. We are very happy about this great number of submissions – but now the work of the Scientific Committee really starts,” explains Thomas Kaczmarek, Managing Director of the German Refractories Industry Association (Deutsche Feuerfest-Industrie e.V.) and Head of Planning for the UNITECR.

Under the leadership of Prof. Christos Aneziris (Head of the Institute for Ceramics, Refractories and Composites at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg), the Scientific Committee will now begin to classify the submitted work in the context of the conference’s high standards. ECREF Managing Director Dr. Christian Dannert is coordinating the team’s work and explains that “we have received submissions from universities, research and development, and refractories companies from all over the world. We are particularly pleased about topics from the customer side, i.e. from applications in the steel, cement or even glass industries.”

This large number of submissions will now have to be acknowledged and evaluated with a high degree of concentration in the coming weeks. Ultimately, he said, the aim is to meet the UNITECR’s high quality standards and inform potential speakers by the end of February 2023 whether they will be accepted into the UNITECR’s scientific program.

With nine topics the program is wide but clearly focused on the main theme of the conference: “The Carbon Challenge - steps and leaps to master the future”. Around 1000 visitors are expected. The ticket sale has started:



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