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Plant Tour: Höganäs Bjuf Refractory Plant – part one

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The new facility in Bjuv

Around 30 minutes away from the Swedish town of Helsingborg stands the small locality of Bjuv. Located in Skåne County, Bjuv is surrounded by flat, picturesque farmland, and peaceful tree-lined tracks that lead out onto quiet streets. Bjuv plays host to fewer than 10 000 inhabitants. One of these, residing in the heart of the settlement, is Höganäs Bjuf, a developer, producer and supplier of smart refractory solutions. It is in Bjuv that the company has decided to open what they describe as the most modern monolithic refractory plant in the world.

Höganäs Bjuf began producing refractory bricks in 1825. Ever since, the company has strived to deliver reliable, punctual and innovative refractory solutions. The company now serves as Borgestad Industries’ primary production facility for bricks and monolithics. The plant produces fireclay and high-alumina refractory bricks, on top of the new range of monolithic products. The company serves the cement manufacturing industry that requires refractories capable of withstanding high temperatures and highly corrosive or abrasive operating conditions.

Höganäs Bjuf has made the decision to develop a new generation of monolithic products, to be produced in the refractory plant in Bjuv. In recent years, the company has made a concerted effort to strengthen its research and development, and has recruited international refractory expertise and built one of Europe’s most modern laboratories for refractories. Building a brand-new, fully modern refractory plant in Bjuv represents the next step for the company towards even better solutions.

The new plant was inaugurated on 1 September. The plant represents an investment of roughly MSEK40 for the company. The new factory floor is approximately 1000 m2 and is designed to produce 30 000 tpy of monolithic products. The company hope a high degree of automation and the latest mixing technology will ensure a high and consistent product quality. Designed with sustainability in mind, the factory is also dust free.

On 1 September, World Cement travelled to Bjuv to be present for the opening of the new plant. Guests from around the world met at the new site to hear presentations from the company on the plant process, the new range of monolithics, and Höganäs Bjuf’s SmartInstall app. Following on from the presentations, guests were guided on a tour around the plant itself.

This is part one of a three-part article written for World Cement’s December issue and abridged for the website. Subscribers can read the full December issue by signing in, and can also catch up on-the-go via our new app for Apple and Android. Non-subscribers can access a preview of the December 2016 issue here.

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