About Us

History

Calderys History Photo - Germany

Calderys was born in 2005 from the merger between Plibrico International and Lafarge Refractories. Through the combination of these two giants of the refractory industry, our expertise stretches back over 100 years to the very first monolithic refractories.

Click on the timeline or the arrows below to explore the evolution of Calderys:

1900s - 1910s

Beginnings of Calderys

The Beginnings

1908

Lafarge invents and patents aluminous cement with refractory qualities, the precursor to monolithic refractories.

1914

In the US, William A.L. Schaefer develops the first monolithic refractory and creates the Pliable Firebrick Company, also known as Plibrico.

1920s - 1960s

Early days of Calderys

European expansion

1931

Plibrico registers in London and begins European expansion.

1937

Plibrico opens for business in Sweden, launching Plibrico Scandinavia AB.

1938

Lafarge creates a subsidiary wholly devoted to the marketing of refractories, later known as Sécar (Société d’étude et de conseil pour appareillage réfractaire —Refractory equipment studies and consultancy).

1952

Founding of Plibrico Netherlands.

1955

Launch of Plibrico’s first European production site in Neuwied, Germany.

1958

Plibrico enters the Austrian market, a subsidiary later renamed Plibrico G.m.b.H.

1970s - 1990s

Global expansion

Global expansion begins

1970s

Lafarge continues expansion on the refractories market, including acquisition of shares in two of its competitors, Prost and Schlumberger.

1980

Official creation of “Lafarge Réfractaires” in France.

1990-92

Setup of Lafarge Refractories’ first Asian production facility in Taiwan.

1996

Plibrico International joins the Imerys group.

1997

Lafarge Refractories acquires Svenska Höganas AB, opening up business in both Scandinavia and Japan.

1998

Plibrico acquires the Valle family’s refractories production plant in South Africa.

2000s

Calderys is born

Calderys is born!

2001

Lafarge Refractories enters the Australian market with the purchase of Hanlon Refractory.

2005

Plibrico International & Lafarge Refractories merge under the Imerys group: Calderys is born!

2007

Calderys acquires ACE Refractories, the leading Indian monolithic refractory manufacturer.

2008

Calderys opens its first plant in China in Zhangjiagang.

Acquisition of Svenska Silikaverken AB, a monolithic company active in Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

2010s

Calderys global growth accelerates

Global growth accelerates

2013

Asian expansion continues: Joint Venture with PT Indoporlen of Indonesia and acquisition of Tokai Ceramics of Japan.

2014

Acquisition of Finland’s Termorak to increase service offering for projects in Petrochemical and Power (Boiler & Incinerator) industries.

2016

Calderys cements its presence in the USA by acquiring SPAR Inc., a monolithic refractory manufacturer based in Alabama.

Calderys continues to invest in the Nordic market: opening of first office in Norway as well as acquisition of Fagersta Eldfasta AB, a refractory installation company based in Höganäs, Sweden.

2017

Acquisition of N.G. Johnson Northern in the UK and SetLinings in Germany: refractory design, installation and engineering services companies.

2018

Calderys presence established in Brazil.