November 25, 2021, the new tunnel kiln was fired up at the Urmitz, Germany, plant of RHI Magnesita, world market leader for refractory products and solutions. The 122-meter-long lightweight kiln generates temperatures of up to 1550°C and represents the heart of modern refractory production. It is primarily used to fire bricks for the refractory lining of aggregates, which are essential for the steel, glass, cement, lime, energy and chemical industries.
In the fall of 2020, the specialty glass manufacturer SCHOTT announced its intention to become climate-neutral by 2030. Technology change plays a central role in a four-part action plan. Now, SCHOTT has been awarded two grants totalling 4.5 million EUR from the German Minister of the Environment Svenja Schulze to support the development of climate-friendly glass melting processes. The funding comes from the “Decarbonization in Industry” grant program of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.
Beibut Atamkulov, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, announced a plan to commission a project for the production of flat glass in the Kyzylorda region in 2022. The plant will have a capacity of 197.1 thousand tonnes per year.