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.
STEEL REFRACTORIES – STRUCTURAL INTERDEPENDENCE
WE COME FROM THE STEEL
President Krosaki Europe BV
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.
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
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.
I joined Krosaki 5 years ago, and I am managing the technical service in Nordic countries. My education and work experience is the same as whole Krosaki group’s origin, “We Come from the Steel”. As our Krosaki Europe team is widely spread around different countries, I find very fruitful to work with people with so many backgrounds and knowledge. I also regard our customers as close as colleagues within the same team. Our goals and challenges are the mutual; improve Cost Per Ton by means of excellent product performance, worldwide supply chain optimization and ongoing operational advice.
I’m a member of the Administration, Accounting, and Finance team in Krosaki distribution company in the heart of Europe, in the Netherlands.
Our focus is to serve the Iron and Steel industry in Europe, with our European Office dedicated to strengthening the steel industry to ensure all partner’s benefit. This is achieved by fully aligning refractory & steel making goals in complete clarity and transparency, which is why we say; “We come from the steel!”
As per the Krosaki Kaizen Model, we adopt this methodology in our daily routine, focusing on continuous improvement exclusively relating to the steel object, which makes us much more efficient.
Curiosity made me become a Mechanical Engineer, as I always want to analyze the world around me and make a model out of it, trying to get the answers to all the possible questions.
Curiosity led me to Krosaki family, as a Technical Service Support. Everyday I learn something new, and I know that the most interesting things have yet to come.
Curiosity is the key, and it’s made of steel, of course!
Since joining the Krosaki group in 1999 I worked to support our customers, both on the manufacturing side and engineering side. This has been within Krosaki and with Nippon Steel; a great opportunity to learn new skills, develop my knowledge and create a network of contacts. Over the years I have worked on EAF, RH degasser, Torpedo, Ladle, Steel Ladle and Converter to better understand the broad needs in steel production from object to object. This is my first time in Europe on business. I have been welcomed by very friendly people at work and outside. It has been a nice introduction.
Krosaki for me is one of the ‘best kept secrets’ of the refractory industry. I have seen it throughout my career, great companies that don’t shout enough about themselves. What I really appreciate is being able to honestly represent high quality products, delivered with high quality service. Absolutely everything is done with long term relationships in mind. The new Refractory Partnership Experience embodies this. Our focus at Krosaki is to strengthening the steel industry; our European office is dedicated to strengthening the European steel industry to ensure all partners benefit.
Having experience in working closely with refractories involved in the steel making process over the last 18 years, I believe that I have a good understanding of the mechanics of how to safely achieve the desired lives out of the refractories and to ensure the installation standards are communicated correctly to the main users of refractory products.
I am looking forward to working and learning with all of the Krosaki team, and hopefully I will be a good addition to the team and our customers.
I joined Krosaki in November 2022 and I am very happy to be welcomed by such a multicultural and diverse group of colleagues. I have previous experience in education, customer services and sales and I am excited to join the finance department. I am looking forward to learning about the steel refractory industry and developing knowledge in the finance processes, and at the same time getting to know the team better and of course, hopefully bringing value with my previous work experience.
Being a ceramic engineer, I have experience of working more than 10 years in refractory industries. Now I am a member of the Krosaki Europe team and mainly responsible for furnace bricks technical services. Before joining the European team, I was working in TRL Krosaki Refractories, India. I feel privileged for being associated with this very energetic and dynamic team. I am very keen to strive for the next level of Bench-Mark performance through hand-in-hand cooperation between customers and us, using the Krosaki Kaizen Solution.
I joined KEB in 2013 as a Sales Engineer serving our Dutch and Belgium customers. With my background and experiences in mechanical engineering I always try to simplify and create logic solutions. We, Krosaki group, produce high end stable products, key items in the steel production process. My goal is always to work closely with our customers understanding their challenges and providing solutions. Our customers produce high quality products creating stable conditions out of the severe steel production process conditions. Add the logistic challenges of the 21st century to this soup and you can understand this job is always exciting. I am lucky and proud to be part of the great international team which Krosaki forms, and maintaining good relations with our customers across Europe.
Ready to face the future together!
I have been specialising in refractories for almost 25 years and enjoy all aspects of supporting the steel industry. Being the Senior General Manager of the technical department I make sure our valued clients always have experienced technicians and experts you can rely on. In the same way, it is key to take the most from the wealth of knowledge at our R&D facilities and manufacturing sites to be sure the best solution is proposed to the end-user at all the times. Our goal is to make the Steel industry stronger – KrosakiSHARING!
I have been with Krosaki since 1992 and really benefitted from moving around different companies within the group, including Nippon Steel. This has helped me to develop my experience and knowledge working in Japan, India and now Europe. I have specialised in BOF, Ladle, RH degasser and tundish influencing development, manufacturing, installation, and support for our refractories. The new project in Europe is an exciting way of working closely with new colleagues and sharing understanding and knowledge. So far, I have really enjoyed meeting friendly, nice people both in business and outside of work.
I joined Krosaki Europe in 2022 as a commercial and logistic team member, but I never anticipated a job at Krosaki to be as intriguing and challenging as it is.
Due to the recent dramatic changes in the international situation, costing, logistics, and risk management have become even more challenging. To provide our clients with the best commercial solutions, I always try to optimize the whole business process using my chemical engineering, sales, and trade expertise. Solving customers' problems always brings me a great sense of accomplishment.
I sincerely feel fortunate and proud to be part of the fantastic worldwide team that Krosaki builds, and I am ready to grow with Krosaki to continue on the path to being the top supplier in the industry.
Throughout the whole history of Krosaki, we have closely focused on refractories for the steel industry. During the period of over a century of development, we have learnt that the refractory is not just a product but is crucial as an effective tool for faster and more efficient production of better steel. My whole professional career has been dedicated to steel production, and I can proudly confirm our statement “We come from the steel“ is more than true. Let’s have a chat about this one day and I can tell you much more.
Since I was a child, I have always admired large industrial machines, so it was also a logical step to follow my passion for the industry and work at the steel factory in IJmuiden. I enjoyed working there and gained a lot of experience and knowledge about steel and refractories. What makes me proudest is the collaboration with the steel plants to Jointly achieve aligned objectives through a transparent and close cooperation, benefiting both parties. If you also value collaboration, then let’s talk!
Zerei Barquin Fernandez
I joined Krosaki Europe in 2019, since that moment I am continuously learning and providing my best to the company.
Being member of commercial and logistic department, we closely follow all the shipments to provide the vital support for efficient stock management.
Due to the pandemic situation, our challenges have increased many folds. Every new challenge is an opportunity to work with the team here to properly address and make sure our customers are properly serviced.
This way we are also enriching our knowledge and confidence to stay on track to becoming the leading manufacturer and supplier in the market.
I have been working as an HR and legal manager for Krosaki for 2 years now. I really enjoy being part of a diverse team with high level of cultural awareness. Applying the Kaizen model in our everyday routine can help us grow and develop ourselves both as individuals and as a team. I strongly believe that the people are the most important asset of a company and Krosaki is privileged to be staffed with the best of them. That’s why it is a sure success!
Ensuring smooth and trustful information flow between our business partners and the international Krosaki team as well as effectively handling all administrative and organizational matters indispensable for excellent customer service – this has been the focus of my work at the German office for more than 13 years now. As the first point of contact for our German speaking customers, good and open communication with all parties involved is a key factor for maintaining excellent cooperation – and we are constantly striving to act as a connector between Krosaki and customer teams.
Work at Krosaki is more interesting and challenging than I could have ever expected.
Every day is different because we continuously improve our knowledge and skills in order to offer the highest quality products and services to the customers and our business partners from the steel industry.
As a member of the Commercial and Logistics team, I am managing the supply chain process from our Asian and European partners towards the customers in the whole of Europe with a focus on the Eastern European markets.
Our goal is to keep the refractories transport efficiency at the top level.
As an industrial and casting engineer, I've been working in the refractories industry for almost 7 years. I recognize myself as a link between technology and commercial side to provide the customer with the best possible and most innovative solution from Krosaki Harima. The focus of our company is promoting process stability and innovation with our high-quality products. We achieve that with a highly motivated and qualified team.
With Krosaki Harima, our customer has chosen the right partner for the future. We live our motto “We come from steel”.
The choice to have joined KROSAKI 5 years ago is a continuation of my professional career. Working since the 1980’s in the different refractory companies, from the implementation of refractories to the hot maintenance of these installations, has allowed me to have a very enriching field experience. This knowledge is shared internally and with our customers, in order to meet production requirements. The world is changing, the refractories too, let's move forward together.
Since joining the Krosaki team in Germany back in 2005 as a graduate engineer with profound experience in the Refractory business, we have been focusing on offering tailor-made technical concepts for our customers, creating long-standing and trustful business partnerships. Effectively and creatively combining technical knowledge and the implementation of customer’s wishes and needs on-site is a very worthwhile and multifaceted challenge in my everyday business. Our priority is to continuously improve and develop this in all aspects - from project preparation and technical concepts to offering excellent, all-round customer service in close proximity to every steel plant’s traditions and conditions.
As the newest member of the Krosaki team I feel I am experiencing firsthand the value that is placed on its employees. I have benefitted from training which has been individually tailored to meet my needs in a supportive and open environment. The knowledge that this international team has on all aspects of the steel industry is second to none and they are willing to share this for the benefit of everyone. At Krosaki I know I will be valued and offered every opportunity for personal growth.
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 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.