Teide's robust solution delivers long term benefits for Ibstock

Back in 2019, Craven Fawcett became the UK distributor for Teide Refractory Solutions of Spain, a leading supplier of refractory materials to the global ceramics industry. Teide Refractory Solutions recently received some great feedback on the ongoing performance of two of its innovative solutions for Ibstock, the UK's leading brickmaker and supplier of brick products, that it delivered over the past few years.

The latest project, completed in 2019, involved the design, manufacture and installation of 42 kiln cars for Ibstock’s Laybrook plant in Southern England.  The cars required a robust design and 1,200 tonnes of material to be shipped to the site.

Ibstock Laybrook’s Technical Manager Tom Fairweather explains: “The kiln car refractories on this project are fantastic.  They have been used in full production for two years with no issues. Teide offer great quality and reliability.”

The earlier project, completed in 2015, involved the design, manufacture and supply of 8,000 Draught Hole Blocks to Ibstock’s Aldridge plant near Birmingham. 

Ibstock Aldridge’s Technical Manager Chris Mason said: “We have been using Teide draught hole blocks for seven years.  The quality is exceptional and there has never been any need to order any replacement pieces. Since the initial order, we have had minimum breakages – an excellent product.”

Carlos Mazorra, General Sales Director of Teide, said: “We are delighted to hear that both our solutions are working so well for Ibstock.  It is particularly important that our products are robust and can withstand the harsh working conditions on site and also that they offer energy saving solutions.  It is great to see we have achieved this on both these projects as we aim to continually help customers to meet their challenges.”

Through a policy of continuous innovation, Teide has developed a comprehensive portfolio of refractory solutions over its 60-year history. The company has been involved with over 350 factory installations worldwide and offers a full range of geometry optimisation services to ensure each customer benefits from the most appropriate refractory formulation for a given project.

Teide has two production plants in Spain, producing over 30,000 tonnes of high-quality refractory materials per annum.  It also offers a well-equipped laboratory capable of designing refractory products to match specific clay properties, optimising chemical resistance, durability, energy efficiency and economy. 

Craven Fawcett, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of clay preparation machinery and a division of Group Rhodes, works in conjunction with Teide Refractory Solutions of Spain, for which Craven Fawcett is UK distributor of its refractory materials.

Teide’s refractory knowledge combined with Craven Fawcett’s kiln car fabrication capability now allows the UK business to provide a complete kiln car design and build service. The new products will be delivered through Craven Fawcett’s own in-house team of highly trained and experienced engineers based at the company’s production facility in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

With an 180-year history of designing and supplying equipment for the heavy clay and ceramics industry, Craven Fawcett manufactures a wide range of clay preparation machinery from Box Feeders and Grinding Mills through to Mixers and Extruders. The company’s equipment is exported throughout the world and is renowned for its robustness and production efficiency.

Both companies ensure that all aspects of production are controlled to the appropriate quality (ISO 9001:2015) and European safety (CE) accreditations.