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RHI celebrates 100 years of magnesite in Radenthein
Extensive investments have made the raw material and production site in Carinthia the refractories specialties plant in RHI’s global network
Today's ceremony "100 years of magnesite in Radenthein" on the premises of the RHI plant is the official highlight of several days of celebrating this anniversary. Numerous guests of honour from politics, business and industry are celebrating the first century of one of the most traditional and successful industrial companies of Carinthia together with active and former RHI employees, supervisory board members and the RHI management.
Before today's ceremony, nearly 3000 people - among them several school classes and former employees - took the unique opportunity of a one-hour guided tour of the plant in the last few days to get an idea of refractory products, production technologies and their permanent changes.
The RHI site Radenthein: the refractories specialist
Within RHI's global production network, the Radenthein plant is positioned as a manufacturer of special products and shapes today. The plant's product portfolio comprises more than 15,000 individual articles and is therefore wider ranging than at any other RHI location. The plant primarily manufactures refractory products for the steel industry using state-of-the-art production technologies. In addition, Radenthein is a strategically important raw material supplier for the Group: the refractory raw materials produced here are also processed at other RHI production sites to become high-grade end products. The plant's export ratio exceeds 95%. Currently 416 people are employed there and generate revenues amounting to € 170 million.
In 1992, the two traditional Austrian companies Veitscher Magnesitwerke and Radex Austria AG were merged. Radenthein became a production site, and in the late 1990ies approx. € 35 million flowed into extension and restructuring activities. In the past three years further investments totalling € 13 million were made in technology and environmental conservation.
In terms of training apprentices the production site has made a name for itself far beyond the borders with its apprentice workshop. 39 apprentices are trained here by means of innovative methods. The company has been awarded several national and international prizes for this, amongst others the Austrian State Prize 2007.
The plant has always been aware of its sensitive location in a flourishing community and a tourist region. Assuming social responsibility has been self-evident throughout 100 years. This applies not only to a careful management of resources but also to extensive investments in state-of-theart environmental and energy technologies. Numerous municipal institutions and public organisations are supported.
Until the 1990ies, the magnesite mine Millstätter Alpe formed the key raw material basis of the plant. Today, some 90,000 tonnes of raw magnesite are still mined annually, transported via a 7.2 km long aerial tramway to the plant, where it is fired to become causter magnesia. The material is used as a bond in the construction industry (Knauf Insulating) as well as an additive in the production of animal feedstuffs.
Refractories - basis of all products of everyday life
Refractory products are used in all high-temperature processes in the basic industry - such as the steel, cement, lime, glass, nonferrous metals industries as well as the environment, energy chemicals segment - and cannot be substituted. They form an important basis of all products and goods required in daily life.
RHI is the global world market and technology leader in high-grade ceramic refractory products and services and is based in Vienna, Austria. The Group employs 7,950 people worldwide and generated revenues amounting to € 807 million in the first half of 2008. In Austria, 1,900 people are employed at seven locations. The RHI share is listed on the ATX in the Prime Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange.
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