Our Vision

We come from the steel and we are Krosaki distribution company in the heart of Europe, dedicated to serve the Iron and Steel industry in Europe. With over 100 years developing refractories technology in Japan, we have now created the ultimate refractory solution for our European Steel customers, by fully aligning refractory & steel making goals in complete clarity and transparency thanks to our new strategy, the TCO Kaizen Strategy.

Refractory Materials, as consumables, account for around 3% of steel production cost. However, they have much greater indirect influence on quality in the production of steel, including stability, productivity and elaboration of steel grades at different levels (chemistry and inclusion control).

Changes in the steel production process, demands the supply of natural resources/energy, environmental regulations, and a fundamental understanding of wear mechanisms. These are key factors affecting development of refractory technology.


Krosaki Refractory performance


Martin Urcola

Martin Urcola

CEO Krosaki Europe BV

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We believe in serving the steel industry in Europe with an honest, fair and long term vision; following the example of our Group identity in the Japanese steel industry for more than 100 years.

The Krosaki TCO Kaizen Strategy is the ultimate win-win solution designed for our Steel partners in Europe. Based on providing a complete in-house refractory range for the steel objects and integrating the refractory costs transparently. Our guarantee is a quality, proven and cost efficient refractory solution for the Steel Group Leaders in Europe.

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Krosaki group at a glance

We come from the steel as our parent company is Nippon Steel Corporation, in Japan. Our main difference, within the top 5 of refractory producers worldwide, is that our company is dedicated to, and focused on, the Steel industry.


Refractory production & sales


5,538 million Yen


Consolidated - 4,460 Non-consolidated - 1,346


Krosaki Harima Corporation

98% Dedicated to the STEEL Industry


16 (5 domestic, 11 overseas)


Nippon Steel Corporation (43%)


14th October 1918


1st June 1919

Our Group consists of over 20 production plants, so we can offer a complete refractory range of the Steel Object and respond to end-user demands with Krosaki Technology in all our plants worldwide.

The Krosaki technology strategic plan, shares technology and best practices from Japan to our manufacturing plants in China, India and Spain, to optimize your supply chain and reduce risks.

Krosaki Europe offers a unique one stop shop solution for our European customers to access the full range from Krosaki production plants. Support is provided by a world leading technical network with our own experienced local technical service engineers in each steel plant. Commercial and logistics support comes from local field offices and our central headquarters in the Netherlands; complimenting the technical team to provide everything needed all under one single contract. 

We care about your steel

Krosaki Harima Europe B.V., a member of the Krosaki group with headquarters in Japan, is a fast-growing company responsible for the distribution of group products for the steel industry in more than 13 European countries.

As the team expands you can get to know them here on the teams section. You will see a rich collection of nationalities and backgrounds which helps us offer our local and specific support across Europe.

TCO Kaizen Strategy

Krosaki has designed the TCO Kaizen Strategy as a service to Global Steel Groups with cross-regional production units.

Our company counts on proven refractories technology for all consumable refractories used in Iron and Steel manufacturing. With access to products in over 20 refractory production plants, we have the ability to complete the refractory range by Steel Object, optimizing the local sourcing solutions.

We have the technological knowledge, decades of experience, more refractory production plants close to steel plants and a dedicated local team of technical service engineers in each steel plant. We are now able in Europe to apply for the first time the Krosaki Kaizen model; Standardizing the refractory methodology and offering a cost/performance solution.

Krosaki Kaizen Model

The focus on continuous improvement exclusively relating to the steel object, makes this model much more efficient than the previous ‘individual refractory’ approach model.

The Krosaki Kaizen model takes a structured and methodical refractory approach by completing the refractory range for each steel object, allowing our customers to benefit from a cost/performance solution.

Krosaki applies this system to all steel plant objects.

Step 1. Collection of Data. Using Krosaki Kaizen Format.

Step 2. Analysis of Data. Using Krosaki Kaizen Tools.

Step 3. Selection of the best possible lining profile and materials.

Step 4. Trial. 24/7 monitoring and preparation of reports.

Step 5. Further improvements as the KAIZEN activity.

Step 6. Improvement in the first year TCO/CPT orientated.

These six steps close the Kaizen loop.

Published Academic Papers

We have a wealth and depth of knowledge here at Krosaki and think sharing it is the right way forward. We now have a dedicted page to ‘Published Academic Papers’ where you can increase your knowledge relating to refractories. There is even the opportunity to have the papers’ creator contact you if you request it.  We will be releasing a new paper every two weeks so keep checking back, with the OBJECT FOCUS changing over time. Previous papers will be available in the archive.

OBJECT FOCUS: Torpedo Car & Hot Melt Ladle


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Can you see clearly?

Refractory managers in the steel unit are often tasked with purchasing, logistics, stock control, quality control follow up, development of qualities, troubleshooting, etc. making them time poor.

Dealing with so many references and so many suppliers for each reference makes Refractory Management very complicated.

The TCO Kaizen Strategy is focused on the Steel Object refractory approach instead of the individual refractory approach – simplification and a change of focus.

Secondly, completing the refractory range of the steel object by the Refractory partner. The focus becomes the stability, performance & cost optimization of the steel object refractories via the Krosaki Kaizen Model.

Then, we work together with the Steel Group and plant to optimize resources in partnership. Transparency, aligned data sharing goals, technical services & troubleshooting responsibilities, confidentiality, cost monitoring and reporting are all part of the TCO Kaizen Strategy.

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