Highlighting the advantages of recycled materials | LKAB Minerals
Magnesia brick for recycling

Minelco presented ‘minerals for the refractory industry’ at a recent ICME technical event.

Martin Meese and Dr Tony Hutton highlighted the benefits of recycled refractory minerals. Particularly as a replacement for virgin materials. They did this while attending the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers (ICME) technical meeting in the UK.

Minelco’s refractory portfolio

Traditionally Minelco have presented their foundry portfolio to ICME members. However with the rising cost of raw materials coupled with recent investments Minelco are making in recycling, this meeting was the ideal time to present the refractory portfolio.

Dr Hutton, Assistant Technical Manager at Minelco Ltd, highlighted how Minelco have enabled customers to reduce raw material costs. Meanwhile not compromising on quality for demanding refractory applications.  Presenting the advantages (detailed below) of recycled refractory minerals at the meeting provided attendees with a great insight into the work Minelco have undertaken in this field.

Refractory recycling benefits

Recycling benefits for the refractory industry outlined were:

  • A reduction in landfill
  • Less energy expended on producing the refractory product
  • Raw material cost savings passing to product end-users
  • Carbon footprint reduction

The process of recycling used bricks and castables at Minelco includes the complete removal of any contamination predominantly by hand before being categorised by chemistry. We then process the material in one of our crushing and screening plants. Material samples are checked regularly to ensure the consistency of the material is maintained and classified correctly..  We make the material into specific particle sizes which we blend and mix at our new 50,000tpa processing facility at the Jubilee Works in Flixborough.

Commitment to recycling

Minelco are committed to continuing with recycling research and development. We want to improve our processes to provide customers with their exact requirements. And ultimately becoming more sustainable as a refractory minerals manufacturer and supplier.