FOURS ET REFRACTAIRES S.A.S. S.A. was founded in the West of Paris suburban area in 1933 as a family business, producing special refractory for the, then popular, cast-iron-melting rotary furnaces.
Thanks to its founder Henri GARREAU, it managed to stay alive (only just !) during the Second World War and has, since grown steadily, producing an ever extending line of refractory, mostly sold to the Foundry Industry.
It has remained in its original status of a family owned company, the third generation of its founder being currently in charge.
S.A.S. FINANCIAL STATUS.
As a “Société Anonyme” with a capital of 545 000 € it is known as a “very good credit” organization with a yearly turnover of 8 M € based on Domestic Sales (80%) and Export (20%) to EC, African, Near East and Far East Countries.
S.A.S. PRODUCTS RANGE.
It includes High Silica (Coreless Furnaces).
Silica Alumina (Cupolas – Ladles, etc).
High Alumina (Induction Channel Furnaces, treatment ladles.
Spinel forming ramming mixes.
Ramming mixes containing Silicon carbide, Carbon, Zircon (Long campaign, Cupolas, EAFs, SG Converters, Heat treatment furnaces.
U.L.C.C. and L.C.C. Ultra Low and Low Cement Castable (pourable, pumpable, gunnable) also suitable for light alloy melting and holding furnaces.
Insulating materials (non-asbestos containing sheets, flexible mica sheets and rolls).
Ceramic fibre modules and blankets.
Refractory shapes for special applications (thermal shock, abrasion and corrosion resisting items).
Electric elements SiC, MoSi2, Fe Cr Al, NiCr.
S.A.S. offers its own Service Work teams for the application of its products in all types of vessels using all the current techniques such as ramming, casting, gunning, gun-creting wherever and whenever required.
S.A.S. builds and sells most placement equipments such as guns (its AUTOJET” are among the most sold gunning equipment in EC countries), and vibrators.
S.A.S. cures, dries and sinters all types of linings with state of the art heating and recording equipments.
S.A.S. builds third generation Heat Treatment furnaces equipped with sophisticated computerized controls. Melting furnaces for non ferrous alloys and special equipments for foundries.
S.A.S. PRODUCTION MEANS.
It occupies a 15 acres facility in the Paris West Suburban area with road rail connection.
Its production equipment is widely automated and computerized amounting to 30.000 MT of various materials, bagged and palletized on automatic lines or big-bagged according to customers requirements.
Overseas Shipments are containerized and loaded to near-bye (200 km) Le Havre sea port.
The above figure does not include the quartzite based products (ramming – and patching – mixes) which are produced in a shared location in Spain, shipping from Bilbao or Castellon port.
S.A.S. LABOUR AND MANAGEMENT.
Includes more than 30 people, including Sales Engineers visiting France, Belgium, Switzerland and North Africa.
Are located in Spain, Italy, Greece, Finland, Algeria, Morocco Egypt, Syria.
S.A.S. RESEARCH AND CONTROL FACILITY.
Includes the usual equipment for assuring Quality and Consistency of all materials and equipments R & D is conducted by Ceramic Engineers cooperation with a French University institute offering the most up-to date equipment facility.
S.A.S. has been ISO 9001 Certified since 1995 with a very satisfactory record of Quality AUDITS.
Include 98% of the French Foundry Industry and an ever increasing number in other countries where it ranks among the top refractory – suppliers.
Is proud of its effectiveness and its customers satisfaction for building and maintaining melting, holding and transport units.
Currently operates CAD units for designing multi-layer refractory linings with full Heat-flow calculation.
Although a small size company at the present moment,
Is proud of its past and confident in its future.