The family-owned business was sold in 1991 strong> to an international group: HEPWORTH strong>.
This group sold 1996 strong> its entire Hepworth Refractories branch to an American group: ALPINE strong>.
This group then acquired the American American Group, which resulted in 1997 strong> in the FIRST REFRACTORIES strong> group.
The entire Group was subsequently acquired in 1999 strong> by the VESUVIUS strong> division of the COOKSON PLC strong> group.
The Vesuvius Group has undertaken major concentration and rationalization of its various production units around the world. In 2003 strong>, the Vesuvius Group decided to withdraw from the activity of insulating refractory products strong>.
In December 2003, the company regained its independence under the responsibility of its former Chief Executive Officer, Didier Pessiot.
The company retains its former name: PREMIER REFRACTORIES France but adopts a new brand: IFB REFRACTORIES strong> which will become its corporate name in 2010.