• One step ahead

    In our technology centre engineers and technicians develop individual concepts and solutions for our customers.

Research & Development

A competent and highly motivated team of INTOCAST specialists  are employed at our Krefeld Technology Centre where new development and continuous improvement work is performed for refractory products and casting auxiliaries. Their customer oriented innovative solutions are always focused on market needs. INTOCAST’s R&D team is comprised of metallurgists, mineralogists, chemists, material engineers and ceramic technicians. Excellence in research enables highly successful development work covering all stages from raw material to final product. Plant specific refractory concepts are provided when customers require tailor-made solutions.

The Krefeld Technology Centre is a state-of-the art equipped facility utilising the most modern methods of chemical, mineralogical, microscopic and thermal analysis for investigating product characteristics


Measurement & control and analytical section in the Krefeld Technology Centre

Examination of physical properties under hot and cold conditions

  • Strength testing apparatus (cold modulus of rupture and cold crushing strength)
  • Kilns and furnaces (up to 1700°C)
  • Creep under compression
  • Thermal expansion

Chemical analysis

  • XRF (X-ray fluorescence)
  • AAS (Atomic absorption spectroscopy)
  • C-S-H2O (Carbon, sulphur and water determination)

Mineralogical analysis

  • X-ray diffraction analysis

Structural analysis – elemental distribution

  • Scanning electron microscope
  • EDX (Energy Dispersive X-ray) analysis

Thermal Analysis

  •     Hot stage microscope (up to 1550°C)
  •     TGA (Thermo gravimetric analysis up to 1000°C)


Further benefits for the end-user is that INTOCAST’s R&D team is constantly improving its refractory products and casting auxiliaries. Development work takes into consideration economic parameters, service performances and behaviour of our products interacting with the metallurgical process. The Krefeld Technology Centre is the place where our solutions are created. Contributions from production, raw material purchasing, sales and marketing, application technology and plant engineering are collected, analysed and substantiated towards the realisation of creating superior products. Our constantly expanding product range is answering the most diverse challenges in the market as well as customer needs.