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RHI - leading refractory materials specialist

February 27, 2008

Austrian Trade Commission visits Veitsch Radex Office in Indiana

On February 20th, 2008 Franz Roessler and Madina Oumkhanova of the Austrian Trade Commission Chicago visited RHI’s subsidiary, Veitsch Radex America in Hammond, Indiana. Alfons Lueftenegger, head of the office, showed his visitors around the office and provided insight into RHI’s worldwide operations and complex company structure that has undergone significant changes in the last few years.

RHI is a leading refractories company headquartered in Vienna. With 7,000 employees, the company generates annual revenue of EUR 1.3 billion and produces 1.7 million tons of refractory materials at 30 locations on four continents. Key customers for RHI products, systems and services are the iron & steel, cement, lime, glass, nonferrous metals, environmental, energy and chemical industries. RHI also serves customers within the specific fields of specialty ceramics, kiln furniture and raw materials. RHI has more than 10,000 customers in over 180 countries. What sets RHI apart from other companies is not only its know-how and extensive experience in the refractories field, worldwide network and highly-skilled technical personnel… RHI’s managers at the highest level are very much hands-on and travel extensively to meet with old and new customers.

RHI’s Refractory Technology Center, the brains of the company, is located in Leoben, Styria and employs more than 200 refractory specialists from diverse educational backgrounds who work on product innovations and developments in close contact with renowned research institutes, universities and important key customers.

Veitsch Radex in Hammond, Indiana along with an office in Mokena, Illinois is a US subsidiary of RHI North America, with the corporate headquarters based in Burlington, Canada. With a staff of 20 people, mainly top-notch engineers, it services primarily the US steel industry. It is strategically located in Indiana - home to many steel plants, minimills and metal services centers. Veitsch Radex specialists offer a comprehensive product and service portfolio. They visit customer manufacturing facilities, analyze production processes, determine equipment deficiencies and, based on their findings, provide a complete optimization process, which allows customers to reduce their costs and achieve the best price-to-performance ratio with RHI’s innovative refractory system solutions. Arcelor Mittal, located just a stone’s throw from the Veitsch Radex office in Hammond, is one of the company’s main clients.