Saint-Gobain Ceramics has acquired the US refractory producer Monofrax, from the German fund Callista.

Saint-Gobain said the acquisition would help accelerate its growth in the refractory industry. The Saint-Gobain Ceramics business unit is led by Nicolas Miegeville. Both SEFPRO and PCR (Performance Ceramic Materials) belong to this business unit.

Nicolas Miegeville, CEO of the Ceramics business unit, said: “We are very pleased about the acquisition of Monofrax, a well-recognised player in fused-cast refractories since its foundation in 1948.

"All our efforts go into helping our customers developing new processes to reach carbon neutrality while putting in place a circular economy for our ceramics and refractories.

"Monofrax is a perfect fit to better serve our local customers in the coming years while enabling co-development of innovative solutions.”

Monofrax is located in Falconer, New York, USA. It offers fused cast refractories in various product chemistries.

These materials are used for glass melting, steel reheat, electrolytic reduction cells for smelting light metals and nuclear waste vitrification.

William Andrews, Managing Director of Monofrax, said: “We are very happy to join the Saint-Gobain group that will help us write the next chapter of our long lasting history of innovation and success in the coming years.”