Refractory products are a vital element in all high-temperature processes, such as metals making, the production of cement, petrochemical processes, glass and ceramics. Without refractories there would be no cars, no planes, no trains, no gas or electricity and we would be eating from wooden plates and living in mud-brick huts.
PRE, the European Refractories Producers Federation, is the representative organisation of the European refractory industry, located in Brussels. It was founded in 1953 and offers a European platform on which its members can exchange views and experiences of common interest.
PRE has no commercial aim. In the scope of EU legislation and standardisation, our mission is to promote the interests of European Refractory Producers. The activities of the federation are aimed at achieving these purposes through working with the European institutions (European Commission, European Parliament and the Council), and a wide range of stakeholders such as the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the confederation of European businesses (BUSINESSEUROPE) and other EU associations such as Eurofer (steel industry), CEMBUREAU (cement industry), CEFIC (chemical industry), IMA-Europe (industrial minerals), Euromines (European mining industry), etc.
PRE is a member of Cerame-Unie, representing the European ceramics industry. Through Cerame-Unie the interests and concerns common to the whole of the ceramics industry are communicated to the European institutions.
- Cerame-Unie: the European Ceramic Industry Association
- WRA: World Refractories Association
- FIRE: Federation for international refractory research and education
- UNITECR: Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories
- International Colloquium on Refractories: Annual conference organised by ECREF
- CEN TC 187: Technical Committee on Refractory Products and Materials
- ISO TC 33: Technical Committee on Refractories
- Refractories Worldforum: Magazine on the refractories industry
- ReStaR project: EU funded project improving testing standards for refractories