Second edition of Refractories Engineering course

Between the 11th and the 14th of March the 2nd edition of the Refractory Engineering Course organized by ANFRE (National Association of Refractory Manufacturers and Related Services) was celebrated in Seville. Our R&D Manager, Roberto Caballero, current President of ANFRE, opened the event with the opening lecture and the first chapter about refractory materials.


From RSI, attended two Sales Engineers, Eder Álvarez and Ricard Llobet, as well as a Technical Office Engineer, Óscar Berezo, all of them recently incorporated into the sector. All they evaluated the course in a very positive way, especially the visit to the facilities of Siderúrgica Sevillana.


On March 13th~16th, 2019, we organized a team include sales, TO, Purchase, Quality, Market departments to join the exhibition of 2019 Metal + Metallurgy China, Hope we can get more market and bring more improvement from this exhibition.


In addition, news from the organizer of the Metal China: start from 2020, there will no exhibition in Beijing in future, all the exhibition of Metal China will be hold in Shanghai.

INSERTEC, & RENAULT collaboration

RENAULT – The RENAULT Group has officially started its new manufacturing Plant in Valladolid, devoted to the manufacturing of the last generation of 3 and 4 cylinders blocks.


INSERTEC, among the collaboration framework reached with the RENAULT Group, which started in 2016 with the supply of several melting and heat treatment furnaces for the new Plant that RENAULT set in Curitiba, Brazil, has already supplied for the new Plant in Valladolid three Meltowers of aluminium and four T5 rotary hearth heat treatment furnaces, based on the latest generation design of our technological partners of Sanken Sangyo, from Japan.


But the collaboration framework is not yet finished, as there are already additional expansion plans for the Valladolid Plant, as well as another greenfield Plant in Bursa, Turkey, and performance and capacity expansion plans in their traditional Plant of Cleon, France, where INSERTEC will supply additional melting and heat treatment furnaces.


Oscar Iribarren.-28 de Febrero de 2019


Currently the range of Insetag products (INSETAG 87C2 – INSETAG 90 XF) are being used in Europe, in countries such as Turkey and other countries of the African continent in very particular conditions.



Adverse conditions in terms of quality of scrap, loading systems manuals etc… giving a safe response and optimal performance. Recently INSERTEC has made a major commitment in research for the development of these products in order to properly control the different layers of the coating.  A very rigid sintered layer according to the needs of each furnace and process.



Maintaining also a  semi sintered  layer and dust which provide the necessary safety in this application.

In this environment actually are present in furnaces up to 35 tons from fusing an important range of metals.



For a proper lining installation with bricks or castables, you must:

  • Have basic knowledge of the materials to be installed.
  • Dispose of Technical Data sheets & Safety and hygiene  Data Sheets of the products.
  • Consult suppliers recommendations for the use of materials.
  • Transmit information to installers.
  • Lead reports with the results of the furnace.



Analysis between the lining with bricks and castables:


  • Placement requires an expert hand.
  • There is a high length of Board between them. (the Board is the weak point of the lining and is located across the surface of the ladle).
  • Specific drying is not necessary.
  • Longer demolitions.


  • for the installation requires a mold and tooling (castable  mixer and vibrator)
  • Does not present any Board or weak area in the entire surface.
  • Better results than brick linings.
  • This lining is less sensitive to damage by slag.
  • Easier demolitions.



MAPATCH 90, for transfer ladle lining, works as sacrifice material which adheres the slag material and remains of casting that could contaminate the metal and protecting the refractory of slags attack that can damage the lining having to repair the surface of the ladle.


Main advantages of this material:

  • Easy application.
  • Quick-drying, it does not require a detailed control of the drying process.
  • Easy removal and cleaning of the material once exhausted its useful life.
  • Ability to capture and retain slag whenever it stays hot.




We have been doing business with ELEKM during decades, They visit our plant in bilbao where they can see our production plants and take part in a diferents presentation of our products.elkem foto

In the afternoon the group also visited AZTERLAN METALLURGY TECHNOLOGY CENTER.




WIRE 2018

Históricamente es una feria a la que acudimos con INSERTEC REFRATARIOS DU BRASIL, y la explicación es que muchos de nuestros clientes brasileños de origen alemán aprovechan esta feria para visitar proveedores y a su vez a sus familiares.


Está siendo una feria muy concurrida, para INSERTEC,  uno de los principales sectores son los hornos de recocido de hilo y el tratamiento de tornillos



Historically,  INSERTEC goes to this Exhibition with INSERTEC REFRATARIOS DO BRASIL, and the explanation it is because many of our Brazilian customers are of german origin, and they take advantage  of this fair to visit SUPPLIERS and in turn to their families.

It is still a fair very important for INSERTEC, one of the main sectors are wire annealing furnaces and treatment of screws.



Stable material PLASTIC PATCH is a compressible refractory joint filler, developed for Anode Baking Furnaces, to protect expansion gaps against clogging with packing coke during heat up and operation, and prevent the distortion of flue-walls during thermal cycling. Developed by CIR Laboratory Canada ( ), PLASTIC PATCH is available worldwide from INSERTEC Furnaces and Refractories (


Packing coke plays an essential process role in anode baking. However, the infiltration of its finer grains into expansion gaps, particularly those between flue- and end-walls, quickly leads to clogging, increased maintenance cleaning, even flue-wall distortion and eventually increased refractory repair costs. Poorly mortared brick joints, exposed during heat up, also suffer similar infiltration and clogging problems.

PLASTIC PATCH provides a stable and permanent solution to coke grains infiltration. Made from exfoliated vermiculite and fine-grain anhydrous aluminosilicate, and suitable for applications up to 1350c, PLASTIC PATCH adapts to these thermal expansion forces, by maintaining a glassy-phase during heat-up, allowing it to compress under thermal expansion, then heat-set to a hardened finish (1.2g/cm³ at 1200c) to maintain a tight seal.PLASTIC

Unlike conventional ceramic fibre or mortar options, PLASTIC PATCH does not shrink (<2%), or become brittle at temperature, and therefore does not need to be replaced at the end of each cell firing cycle. Occasional light repairs, if necessary, can be skimmed directly onto existing clean product. Both ways, downtime is minimised, and furnace availability is improved.

PLASTIC PATCH is supplied premixed, in cartons, ready for use. If additional flow is needed, up to 5% water can be added. In tight working spaces, its brownish-grey colour allows filled gaps and joints to be easily identified against refractory brickwork. Initial set is after 15 minutes, at +5°c. For larger areas, application can be by pump, or trowel. Finer joints and gaps can be hand-packed as required. Tools can be quickly cleaned with warm water. PLASTIC PATCH is non-corrosive, and does not contain irritants, known physical hazards or carcinogens, however wearing PPE is recommended. Storage should be for up to 12 months.

For the best results on new or larger gaps; PATCH GRIP, LIQUID ANCHOR and SOLID ANCHOR, also from CIR/INSERTEC, are additional products that can be used with PLASTIC PATCH.



Chinese government is pushing all industrial sectors to decrease drastically pollution levels. Actions, from dust filters and on-line controls to activity shut-down, have been stressing all industrial sectors, including refractory industrial mineral producers.

From EU refractory industry point of view, there are two minerals strongly affected due to the European dependency in Chinese import. Those minerals, classified as ‘non critical’ but achieving criticism in terms of risk of supply, are bauxite and magnesite.oxido-de-aluminio-marron-alumina-bulto-por-25-kilos

In a first step, refractory magnesites, like DBM and FM, as well as refractory grade bauxite and BFA are directly affected by Chinese lack of production with shortage and exorbitant prices. In a second step, the price of alumina-based specialties like tabular or calcined alumina or refractory cement, will suffer a significant increasing, opening a period of uncertainty.



ILT-PLASMA ,  will delve into the key parameters for a correct application of high power thermal plasma in nodular iron casting, achieving optimal thermal values without any degradation of the metallurgical quality of the metal.TUNDISH

It will both based their explanations on trials carried out by laboratories of recognised prestige in the industrial experience of companies in the sector.

01-06-17 mercado aisatico apuesta ILT


We have the pleasure to inform you that REFRACTORY SOLUTIONS INSERTEC has renewed the certification of management systems: quality management system, according to the new standard ISO 9001: 2015 and system of health and occupational safety, OHSAS 18001: 2007 standard, both granted by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance accredited certification body.ISO_Página_1

The maturity of our management system encouraged us to implement the requirements of the new version of ISO 9001: 2015, ahead of the deadline.

The obtained certifications confirm the good performance of REFRACTORY SOLUTIONS INSERTEC and recognized the maturity and effectiveness of its management system, at the same time that ratifies its commitment to continuous improvement according to the demands of the market and stakeholders.

Through these certifications is internationally recognized the effort and dedication of the staff of REFRACTORY SOLUTIONS INSERTEC for offering effective solutions to the needs of their customers.


South African Metal casting conference  15th to 19th March 2017 in conjunction with :

SAIF (South African Institute of Foundrymen), WFO (World Foundry Organisation), MCTC (Materials Castings Technology Centre), NFTN (National Foundry Technology Network), AFSA (Aluminium Federation South Africa).web_logo

The conference was well organised in a hotel complex close to Johannesburg Airport, and it was estimated that more than 200 visitors attended the event.

As with similar conferences there was a small gathering area where informal and networking meetings could be held between conference papers. This area also included several booths by foundry service and supply companies from around the globe.

Insertec Refractory Solutions had an attendance by Mr. Victor Mendoza, Andrew Fowler and Mark Preece to evaluate the market conditions, potential future development strategies and several key contacts were made in connection with this during the event as well as information gathering from select conference papers.

It was evident that the South African Foundry market was looking forward to expansion with Government backed policies for investment and localisation meaning a determined effort for existing and investing companies to source all of their needs within South Africa as opposed to imports. This being said  the market has some real potential for Insertec Refractory Solutions as an importer and following this initial visit work is on-going to establish a working structure to exploit these potentials and develop a local service supply route.


3rd to 5th February 2017 in conjunction with: 65th Indian Foundry Congress, IIF (Institute of Indian Foundrymen)

The event was held at the Eco Park, Kolkata where there was high investments being made to change the traditional image of India and portray a new ecological image with many green areas, lakes and social family gathering zones. The IFEX had in excess of 150 exhibitors across 2 halls and the IIF Congress present 44 technical papers.IFEX 2017

Although Kolkata as an event venue for the IFEX historically has not been considered the best due to its westerly position, it was decided by Insertec Refractory Solutions that a suitable opportunity to join with Nickunj Eximp Entp Pvt Ltd existed to promote their new relations to the market and so a booth was taken. Insertec Refractory Solutions had an attendance by Mr.  Andrew Fowler and for Nickunj Mr. Manohar Pai, Sameer Parekh. K. P. Chandrabose. The decision was a good one since all of our main competition were present (booth and visitors) as well as key OEM’s and they all took the time to investigate Insertec’s presence and focus into the Indian market.

The booth yielded over 60 recorded visit and potential enquiries most of which requested follow-up visits to their sites for further discussions.

India is a key foundry centre for Insertec Refractory Solutions and is considered the second largest metal producing market Globally and although entering later than most some great opportunities exists and

Insertec are now looking forward to the coming year’s developments.



The origin of world “Aliron”

Alirón word, term used after attaining a degree by Athletic, originated in the industrial and mining past of Bizkaia.


In the late nineteenth century is discovered in bilbao, close to the estuary, iron mines with an extraordinary purity of ore.Engineers and managers were essentially British. Then he piecework and payment is made according to the productivity of mine workers. So the salary was proportional to the degree of purity of the mineral extrated. The maximum quality corresponded to all iron (especially iron). that label became “ALIRON”. This originated among miners signs of joy as they were rewarded with extra pay. Then he was associated with football sport, the British engineers had brought to Bilbao.


IMG-20161201-WA0005IMG-20161201-WA0006Fantastic ALUMINIUM 2016 exhibition.

More than 1000 exhibitors from 50 countries and an estimation of 30,000 visitors, a success for the Organization and the Exhibitors.

For INSERTEC, the exhibition has been very positive with many visits, and new contacts and we are grateful to all of them the visit in hopes that we have been able to meet your expectations.



 INSERTEC was in the fair together with our distributor ISTANBUL METALURJI. This year the fair was with uncertainties after the political situation that has recently had Turkey.

Participation was lower but in spite of this, the fair served as a meeting place for smelters and suppliers of cast iron. The foreign presence also decreased comparatively with other editions.ANKIROS

AKDAS again presents itself as largest cast steel in Medium East, being capable of producing unique pieces of more than 150 t.