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Automation and modernisation of the production tool of IFB Refractories

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22/07/2019 – 30/06/2022

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This project of modernisation and automation of the production tool is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) and aims to maintain industrial jobs in the Centre- Val de Loire region. The investments aim to improve the competitiveness of the IFB Refractories company, to reinforce the quality of production, to reduce energy consumption and the associated carbon footprint as well as to increase the recycling rate of the raw materials used.

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IFB Refractories plays the carbon neutrality card

Buzançais – The company specialising in insulating firebricks and awarded the Living Heritage Company label wants to capitalise on its century-old know-how and the 100% made in France card to conquer new markets, while becoming a major player in the objective of carbon neutrality by 2050. “Due to European deindustrialisation, IFB is one of the last four or five European producers of insulating firebricks in the face of essentially Chinese or Turkish competition. Today, the climate challenges and the health crisis have made aware many countries and industrialists, willing to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint, that a return to European supplies of insulation products is necessary. We therefore have a very good card to play in very buoyant markets (Western Europe, the Balkans, North Africa), especially as France has clay soils that allows this very special production“, explains Jean-Luc Lesage, an engineer who became head of IFB Refractories on 31 August last year after having spent his entire career within the Saint-Gobain Group.

The products in the range of firebricks (notably those made of sawdust from hardwoods from sawmills around Buzançais, mixed with clay) or other insulating pieces are just as attractive from a technical point of view for large industrialists (Rockwool, Rio Tinto, Corning, etc.) as they are from an environmental point of view for the very top-of-the-range companies (Cristallerie Daum…).

IFB Refractories’ ambitious objective is fully in line with the desire of the highest authorities to relaunch industrial production in France. Discussions have therefore been initiated with the Centre-Val de Loire Region to acquire new machines as part of the Relaunch Plan, in order to support the developments hoped for within the next 3 to 5 years.

Article published in “Commerce et Industrie de L’Indre” in which our president Jean-Luc Lesage (on the right) talks about environmental issues for European industry. (January 2021)
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IFB Refractories is «EPV», Living Heritage Company

We are proud to be part of the EPV, Entreprise du Patrimoine-vivant, in France.

Entreprise du Patrimoine vivant (Living Heritage Company) is an official French label issued under the authority of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, to distinguish French companies with craft and industrial know-how judged to be of excellence. In the face of global competition and trade globalisation, recognition of “made in France” can sometimes be difficult. In order to simplify the identification of craftsmen and industries mastering rare skills, the EPV label was created under the aegis of the public authorities and is based on a very rigorous selection procedure, its aim being to highlight the high technicality, creativity or cultural significance of manufacturing activity. IFB is a company that has existed since 1928, manufacturing products with the quality of 100% made in France using natural and local raw materials and exporting 85 % of its production.

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