Refractory material producer exports more than half of total production abroad

Originally Published in June 2017

ROPCZYCE is a manufacturer of basic and non basic refractory materials that make essential parts for furnaces and devices operated at high temperatures. With more than 40 patents, the company produces products for several sectors that operate high-temperature processes, such as steel metallurgy, non-ferrous metallurgy, the cement and lime industry, the glass-making industry and foundry. The company has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since 1997 and continues to expand its range of products and services to its more than 250 global clients in 40 countries. More than half of the company’s total products are exported. In 2016, ROPCZYCE received the European Medal for its “Monolithic vault of electric arc furnace.”

The history of the company dates to the early 1970s when the first plant was constructed. Production began in 1975. President of the Management Board Józef Siwiec has been involved with ROPCZYCE since starting as a technologist in 1979 and moving up the ranks to his current position in 2000. Siwiec graduated from the Gliwice Vocational Technical High School for Ceramics and the Department of Materials Science and Ceramics at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków. He completed postgraduate studies in thermal engineering.  

The ROPCZYCE Capital Group was created in 2001 and is comprised of two divisions: ceramics and services. The ceramic division focuses on production and sales of refractory materials, while the services division works with manufacturers of refractory materials and metallurgical works. To diversify the company’s product offer and produce innovative construction and material solutions for customers around the world, ROPCZYCE conducts its own research and development activities.

ROPCZYCE continues to expand its range of products and services for more than 250 global clients in 40 countries.

The company produces burned shaped refractories that are fired at temperatures of up to 1,800°C with ceramic bonds, unburned shaped refractories and unshaped refractories that perform specific functions in furnace installations. It also makes special refractories that include gas-purging shapes and sets, RH snorkels, tapping sets for thermal vessels, monolithic roofs for electric arc furnaces and reinforced large-size elements for Maerz Kiln monolithic pillars.

ROPCZYCE provides customers with technical advice in selecting refractory ceramics and installation supervision, as well as servicing before and after installation. In addition to designing and manufacturing products connected with refractory ceramics, ROPCZYCE offers several services to meet clients’ needs. Moreover, the company provides engineering and technical advice, refractory operation monitoring, maintenance and ceramic repairs, recycling, equipment servicing and training in the field of utilization of refractory materials.

For its innovative products, ROPCZYCE has received many awards over the years. In 2015, it won the Podkarpacka Economic Award in the Best Products category, as well as the European Medal. The company also won the gold medal at the International Salon of Inventions and Innovative Technologies “Archimedes 2015” for “New solutions in the field of zirconia ceramics for continuous casting.”