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Steel Division

Our customers are steel producers and other high-temperature industries. Vesuvius is a world leader in the supply of refractory products, systems and solutions.

These help our customers increase their efficiency and productivity, enhance quality, improve safety and reduce their costs and their environmental impact.


Our Steel Division reported revenues of £1,236.7m in 2018, an increase of 7.7% compared to 2017, and 11.9% on an underlying basis. We outperformed the steel production market as a result of high exposure to the fastest growing segment, market share gains in Flow Control and selling price increases.







Business Units

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Steel flow control

Vesuvius' Steel Flow Control business unit supplies the global steel industry with consumable ceramic products and solutions used to contain and control the flow of molten steel in the continuous casting process. This process enables steel manufactured from a blast furnace or electric arc furnace to be cast without interruption, whilst protecting it from the atmosphere. Avoiding atmospheric contact is crucial as it significantly reduces contamination and oxidation of the steel. 

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Advanced refractories

Vesuvius’ Advanced Refractories business unit supplies specialist refractory materials for lining steel-making vessels such as blast furnaces, ladles and tundishes, which are subject to extreme temperatures, corrosion and abrasion. Along with these materials, we provide advanced installation technologies (including robots), computational fluid dynamics capabilities and laser systems for measuring refractory wear.

Our main customers are steel producers and manufacturers of steel production equipment.

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Steel Digital Services

We offer digitalised solutions to our customers to enable them to make their underlying processes more efficient and reliable.

Digital Services focuses on providing products that enhance the control and monitoring of our customers’ production processes. The products provided by Digital Services include temperature sensors, oxygen, hydrogen and sublance probes, iron oxide and metal sampling for the steel, aluminium and foundry industries.

Steel Manufacturing Process

Steel manufacturing is a highly demanding process for which consistent quality and efficient production is essential. Our products, systems and solutions enable this through every part of the process, from blast furnace all the way to the end of production in the rolling mill.