The steelmaking process, where molten iron becomes solid steel, involves several stages of thermal and chemical treatment requiring a variety of refractory linings that are compatible with many application conditions.


These linings must have excellent resistance to steel and basic slag corrosion, as well as high thermal shock and oxidation resistance.


Saint-Gobain services this market with innovative refractories solutions that present high performances and contribute to enhanced steel quality.

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Iron Ladle


The iron ladle is a critical vessel for transporting molten metal, typically carried by overhead cranes as it moves between process steps in steelmaking shops. Iron ladle failure can pose a serious risk to employees, equipment and processes.

Iron ladles from Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories deliver a robust combination of optimized performance and maximum safety.

Iron Ladle Products

Product Characteristics Application Benefits




High mechanical resistance
High thermal resistance
High chemical resistance



Ladle Border

High mechanical resistance



Can a refractory solution from Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories be responsive to changing iron ladle requirements?

Steelmaking operating and process conditions are highly dynamic with changes naturally occurring over time.

During the iron ladle operation, technical staff from Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories work in partnership with customers to identify and anticipate changes that may be required to improve and optimize projects for future deliveries.

This guarantees that the project provided to the customer is regularly updated to ensure the best benefits and performance.

Can Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories develop custom refractory solutions for unique operating conditions?

Yes. Before proposing a refractory solution, a team of experienced engineers and specialists will work closely with the customer to ascertain their needs, operating conditions and requirements. Technical staff will visit customer plants if required, analyzing existing processes to precisely identify all requirements before presenting the customer with a suitable refractory solution.

How do Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories’ solutions help to improve iron ladle service life and performance?

Brick-based and monolithic refractory solutions are developed with the most advanced technology available, ensuring iron ladles possess the necessary characteristics and properties required for optimum equipment performance and service life.