URC News & Events

Ross Vass (Chapter President – Left) awards Rick Volk (right) a chapter speaker’s plaque. 

United Refractories’ Vice President of Research & Development, Richard Volk, presented at the American Foundry Society’s (AFS) Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) monthly chapter meeting on March 8th. Mr. Volk addressed “Advances in Refractories for Ferrous and Non-ferrous Melting.”  

The American Foundry Society (AFS) will be hosting the International Ferrous Melt Conference in Nashville, TN  USA.  At this conference, experts from around the world will be presenting on various iron and steel topics ranging from alloy and treatment ladle optimization to refractories.

URC’s Johnathan Nguyen will be presenting a paper entitled “Channel Furnace Refractory Maintenance” during Session 5 on Friday, October 9th at 10AM. 


UNITECR – September 15-18, 2015 – Vienna, Austria

The Unified International Technical Conference (UNITECR) has become the most important international conference for the presentation and sharing of technical ideas and findings in the refractory world. UNITECR brings together the refractory industry, raw material suppliers, consumers, and scientists.

This year at UNITECR, United Refractories will be hosting a presentation session over the advantages of refractories with cement free bonding systems. The presentation is based on the technical paper, “Gel Bonded Cement Free Shotcrete” written by Richard Volk, Johnathan Nguyen, and James Caprio.

This year, UNITECR is being held in Vienna, Austria from September 15th through the 18th. Johnathan Nguyen will be presenting for United Refractories. This session, covering cement free shotcretes, will be held in the “Monolithics IV” lecture, September 17th from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.