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Groupe Réfraco offers a broad product range of products and services connected to the sector of refractory materials. They are a manufacturer of parts and refractory equipment related primarily to aluminum. They also carry out the design of new parts. The engineering capabilities of Réfraco are excellent in providing their customers turnkey installations and their quality in manufacturing is second to none.
In 2005, Stellar Materials Vice President Jean Tremblay had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Alain Pineault (President) and Eric Ferguson, the Director of Engineering for Groupe Réfraco at the TMS Conference & Exhibition. They became fast friends when Eric found out Jean was born in Chicoutimi and could even speak (poor) French.
Thermbond’s unique properties coupled with Réfraco’s engineering expertise and manufacturing capabilities (e.g. launder shapes), drew Réfraco to Thermbond Products.
Manufacturing blocks and precast shapes for the Aluminum, Cement and Petrochemical Industries is a large portion of Réfraco’s business. Thermbond’s fast-setting, no bake-out characteristics are very beneficial to them in these markets. Thermbond’s quick turnaround and ability to bond to old refractory is another advantage for them during furnace repair. Thermbond’s resistance to oxide penetration in Aluminum furnaces decreases daily maintenance of the furnace, saving the customer time.
In 2008, Stellar Materials and Réfraco formed a strategic partnership to supply their respective customers with the best of both worlds, utilizing Réfraco’s in-house engineering and manufacturing capabilities along with the advantages of Thermbond refractory materials.
« We at Stellar materials are very proud of achieving a strategic alliance with Groupe Réfraco. Our mutual expertise will provide great value to Réfraco’s market,» says Jean Tremblay.