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[21/03/2021] Changes to senior leadership at DSF..

New board appointments announced at DSF Refractories..

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DSF have announced two new appointments to the board. Janette Flower and Matt Handley have been promoted to the roles of Manufacturing Operations Director and Strategic Operations Director respectively.

DSF are in the infancy stage of a site wide process improvement and investment program, which is seen as an integral part of its future growth ambitions. These two new appointments underpin this strategy and bring more focus on operations to the board.

Matt and Janette were already part of the senior management team at DSF and had started to make significant improvements to the site and its performance. They have also been instrumental in seeing DSF through the Covid-19 pandemic, keeping its workforce safe whilst maintaining productivity and quality.

Janette Flower is a Human Resource Management post graduate with over 30 years experience within the manufacturing sector. A wealth of experience has come from numerous management roles in Human Resources, Health & Safety and Production. For the past two years she has held the position of Manufacturing Operations Manager and stated she was delighted to be invited to join DSF’s board in January 2021. "It is such a privilege to be the first female Director to join the board at DSF. I am very much looking forward to my new role and will strive to execute further my proven track record of developing and delivering business plans, policies and procedures associated with the operational aspects of the business." Janette’s key objective is to direct and co-ordinate the day-to-day operations to allow the business to grow and be profitable. "We will only achieve this by satisfying our customers by producing high quality refractories and delivering on time."

Matt Handley has a background in Electrical Engineering and brings over 20 years experience in the heavy industries, from quarrying and building materials to latterly refractory and mineral processing. Matt joined DSF in 2014 as Engineering Manager and has quickly rose through the ranks to take up his position on the board. "During my short time at DSF the company has really invested in my development; culminating in two promotions up to board level. DSF also supported me through to the completion of my Diploma in Leadership and Management in 2018. My ambition is to continue with the development of the site and its processes with the aim of making DSF more profitable, more sustainable and the first choice of employment for the local community and surrounding areas."




Janette Flower and Matt Handley



[12/03/2021] DSF expands its high fired mullite product range….

DSF expands its high fired mullite product range….

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DSF currently offers a number of andalusite based mullite materials for regenerator walls and crowns with a range of alumina contents from 55-70%. The mullite is formed on firing and products are supplied with 80-97% mullite contents for different zones in the regenerator. A new product, DSF Mullite ML66 has now been added to this range; it has a 66% alumina content and is fired to 1500°C to give 80-90% mullite conversion. The extra alumina in the composition gives superior thermo-mechanical properties when compared with DSF Frisil H.

A derivative of this new product, DSF Mullite ML66 Extra, is based on a slightly different raw material which has lower levels of iron and alkalis, it is also fired to 1500°C but has properties akin to the higher fired DSF Mullite ML31 making it a very cost effective option for the more critical applications.

The creep plot below shows that Mullite ML66 has a superior creep resistance to Frisil H and Mullite ML66 Extra has a creep resistance comparable to that of the higher fired traditional Mullite ML31 product.

The new DSF Mullite ML66 products expand the options for sillimanite mullite materials in regenerator applications. They sit between DSF Frisil H and DSF Mullite ML31 in terms of performance and cost, but in the case of DSF Mullite ML66 Extra we have a new lower cost material which could be used in the same high performance applications as the established DSF Mullite ML31 grade.

DSF Mullite ML66 has 66% alumina and just over 80% mullite content, it has superior properties to DSF Frisil H and can be used in regenerator walls, crowns, division walls below packing and target walls.

DSF Mullite ML66 Extra has additional thermo-mechanical properties, which are comparable to DSF Mullite ML31 and a high proportion of continuous phase mullite. This material is a cost effective alternative to DSF Mullite ML31 and can be used in regenerator crowns, target walls and in division walls above and below packing.

For more information on these new products, please get in touch with your normal contact or via info@dsf.co.uk

Data sheets and a full technical summary are available.







[18/02/2021] Digital brochures and information available…..

Digital brochures and information available…..

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We look forward to the time when we can visit our customers around the world again, but in the meantime we are here ready to give support and technical advice on our products. Our technical and sales teams are available as normal and our refractory manufacturing and mineral processing plant are operating at full capacity. If you have a specific question or requirement or would like general information/literature on our processed minerals or refractory products for the glass, steel, carbon black or petrochemical industries please contact us at info@dsf.co.uk





[20/01/2021] Investment in automation at DSF…

First investment in automation at DSF…

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DSF are in the infancy stage of a site wide process investment program, which we see as an integral part of our future growth ambitions. Having recently installed our first robotic plant in our mineral processing department, we have made the important first step towards having a more automated process. It was immediately clear that the success or failure of this initial venture would determine the future investment plan at DSF, so we chose an installation where the benefits were very clear and the results easily quantifiable. Our five axis robot was installed into our existing material bagging plant. It palletises up to 6 tonnes of bagged material per hour, utilising 20 and 25kg plastic or paper bags. This bagged material is intended for both external sale and for internal use in our own refractory production.

This investment improves efficiency through overhead reduction, but more importantly addresses the manual handling challenges in this task. At DSF we are lucky to have a highly skilled and highly motivated workforce, but many of the production roles involve some aspect of manual handling. The ambition is to try to reduce manual handling as much as possible and concentrate our workforce on the more skilled, less manual and more complex parts of the job.





[12/01/2021] Covid-19 Update January 12th 2021

DSF Update on the Covid-19 situation

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COVID-19 Update

January 2021 The first thing I would like to do is to is to wish all our employees, customers, suppliers and partners around the world a Happy New Year. We all hope 2021 will be a better year than 2020.

I also hope that everyone is safe and that you can all maintain good health through this crisis, which is still happening, and in the UK is at a very difficult phase. We all look forward to vaccinations taking place with a hope that later this year things can ease again. At DSF, like most people around the globe, we have become used to the new normal of working under the constraints imposed by the Covid-19 virus pandemic.

AS before DSF is continuing to operate throughout the crisis in line with UK Government guidelines with staggered start, finish and break times and working within all the social distancing and enhanced hygiene policies that are essential to keeping everyone safe.

Most of our office staff continue to work from home with a small core of people working from the office full time or part time, to facilitate production or to be a point of contact for any customer enquiries.

We are grateful for the support we have received from all our employees; their attitude has been magnificent and the company owes them a great deal of thanks.

We have good raw material stocks and we are grateful that our raw material suppliers and other contractors are working hard to support us. Brexit has been another issue for DSF, but we are working through it and deliveries are proceeding as normal. Our order book is good and we are recruiting new production operatives to increase our output.

Many of our refractories customers normally visit the factory to inspect orders as part of their approval process. We are accepting visitors for essential visits which can include inspections. However, we are requesting our customers accept DSF inspection or a virtual inspection if it is possible even for UK customers.

Due to quarantine restrictions, it has not been practical for overseas customers to carry out their normal inspections at DSF. We have worked closely with them to carry out and report DSF self-inspections to our customers’ requirements, using video virtual inspections, for particularly critical items, where required.

As always, our Sales and Technical Teams are available for discussions but we are not carrying out any International travel at the moment and only extremely limited travel within the UK. Our team members are becoming very adept at the use of Zoom, Teams and other video conferencing software. If you have any questions, please ask your normal point of contact. We are all working, available and ready to help. Please stay safe and best wishes from all at DSF.

Neale Parkin 12th January 2021

[24/12/2020] Christmas 2020

Merry Christmas from all at DSF…

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Merry Christmas from all at DSF, we wish you a safe and peaceful holiday wherever you are.



Christmas at DSF 2009

[18/12/2020] Christmas Shutdown 2020

DSF Christmas Shutdown 2020

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The weighbridge will close at 11.45am on Wednesday 23rd December and re-open at 6am on Monday 4th January 2021.

The offices will close on Thursday 24th December at 1.15pm and re-open at 8.30am on Monday 4th January. There will be limited cover in the Sales office on the 29th, 30th and 31st December.

[05/11/2020] Covid-19 Update November 5th 2020

DSF Update on the Covid-19 situation

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DSF Covid-19 Update – The UK Government have implemented a new national lockdown in England commencing today, 5th November until 2nd December.

As with the previous national lockdown, DSF are following government advice. Manufacturing can continue as long as public health advice and social distancing measures can be met. DSF have been operating in this way from the end of March but we are ensuring Covid-19 rules are reiterated, the safety of all people working at our site is the main priority. Essentially we are operating as before lockdown, with a skeleton staff available in the office and full production.

We are very busy currently and understand that many of our customers are critical suppliers to the medical, communication, food & beverages and construction industries. We remain committed and focused on supplying consistent high quality refractory materials to schedule.

For more information visit our website or for any Covid-19 related issues contact our Managing Director, Neale Parkin.

[23/10/2020] Glasstec 2020

Glasstec 2020 Update

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In normal times we would just be coming to the end of another Glasstec week, tired but enthused after meeting all our glass industry customers on our stand and around Dusseldorf. Sadly, this year it was not possible. So from all the team here at DSF, we look forward to the next time we can gather in Germany and in the meantime we are here as always to discuss our products and answer your questions.

Please get in touch with your normal contact or via info@dsf.co.uk




[14/09/2020] Covid-19 Update September 14th 2020

DSF Update on the Covid-19 situation

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The first thing I would like to do is to again send my very best wishes to all our employees, customers, suppliers and partners around the world and we hope you can all maintain good health through this crisis, which is changing, but not going away.

At DSF, like most people around the globe, we have become used to the new normal of working under the constraints imposed by the Covid-19 virus pandemic. There has been some easing of lockdowns in the UK and most other European countries, but as a second wave is starting to hit Europe we can see the situation starting to worsen again.

DSF is continuing to operate throughout the crisis and we have now returned to a more normal shift pattern in the factory but we are still operating with staggered start, finish and break times and working within all the social distancing and enhanced hygiene policies that are essential to keeping everyone safe.

Many of our office staff continue to work from home but a significant core of people are working from the office full time or part time, to facilitate production or to be a point of contact for any customer enquiries.

We are very pleased with the actions of all our employees, their attitude has been magnificent and the company owes them a great deal of thanks.

We still have good raw material stocks and we are grateful that our raw material suppliers and other contractors are working hard to support us. We are also recruiting new production operatives to improve our output. We continue to take new orders as normal and we are continuing to work to the order delivery schedules we have already committed to. The constraints of working COVID safely have sometimes caused some minor delays, but customers have already been informed of these.

Many of our refractories customers normally visit the factory to inspect orders as part of their approval process. We are now accepting visitors for essential visits which can include inspections. However, with quarantine restrictions, it has not been possible to date for overseas visitors to carry out their normal inspections. We have worked closely with customers to carry out and report DSF self-inspections to our customers’ requirements, using video virtual inspections, for particularly critical items, where required.

As always, our Sales and Technical Teams are available for discussions, but, we are not carrying out any International travel at the moment. Our team members are becoming very adept at the use of Zoom, Teams and other video conferencing software. If you have any questions, please ask your normal point of contact. We are all working, available and ready to help.

Please stay safe and best wishes from all at DSF.

Neale Parkin 14th September 2020

[16/07/2020] 2020 Year End

The end of our financial year ….

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As we come out of another financial year at DSF, we are proud of what we have achieved. This year there have been unprecedented challenges in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, but our kilns have never stopped. Keeping our employees safe has been the priority whilst maintaining production to serve our customers, many of whom are supplying critical items for the healthcare, construction and food & beverage sectors. We have invested in automation of our loose material bagging unit, upgraded compressors and developed new high alumina materials to add to our range of products for the glass industry.

This has all been done through the hard work and determination of our employees, the patronage and loyalty of our customers and the support of our many suppliers.

The next financial year will also have its challenges, but we are determined to carry on producing, carry on investing in our plant, equipment and our people and to make sure our product development programme is as vibrant as it has always been.




[21/05/2020] DSF 72R

DSF 72R - Product Spotlight

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DSF 72R - Product Spotlight

DSF 72R is an unheralded product, which has extended rotary kiln life in numerous processes worldwide.

This material crucially exhibits irreversible thermal expansion and a high degree of elasticity compared with traditional high alumina materials, ensuring a tight and stable refractory lining in service (see after use image). It is also safe to use in reducing conditions.

The raw material used converts to mullite in service tightening the rings, but not expanding enough to spall the front face of the brick off. DSF 72R was developed to have high strain to failure so it can deform under kiln flexing to avoid brittle failure. Its relatively low thermal conductivity also puts less stress on the kiln structure.

DSF 72R has been successfully used in Iron Ore Direct Reduction Kilns, Calcined Coke Rotary Kilns and Lime Kilns due to its ability to manage the mechanical forces generated during operation and the chemical and thermal issues within the various kiln environments.

To request a data sheet or for more detailed information please contact info@dsf.co.uk or a DSF representative.




[06/05/2020] Covid-19 Update May 6th 2020

DSF Update on the Covid-19 situation

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I would firstly like to send all our employees, customers, suppliers and partners around the world our very best wishes and we hope you can all maintain good health through this crisis.

At DSF, like most people around the globe, we are getting used to the new normal of working under the constraints imposed by the Covid-19 virus pandemic. There has been some easing of lockdowns in some other European countries and there is talk of some other non-essential businesses reopening in the UK, DSF has continued to operate throughout the crisis and we are now producing at the same rate as before the pandemic hit the UK.

We have been successfully operating our new shift system for more than a month now, a system which minimises the number of people on site by having alternating shifts for our manufacturing, engineering and technical teams. Many of our office staff are working from home, but a small core of people are still working from the office to facilitate production or to be a point of contact for any customer enquiries.

We are very pleased with the actions of our employees, who have worked well within all the social distancing and enhanced hygiene policies that are essential to keeping everyone safe. Their attitude has been magnificent and the company owes them a great deal of thanks.

At DSF, we understand the importance of refractories as part of the supply chain to many industries and we are working hard to ensure our customers will get the products they need to keep their processes operating and to allow necessary repairs and rebuilds to take place as planned.

We have good raw material stocks and we are grateful that our raw material suppliers and other contractors are working hard to support us. We are taking new orders as normal and we are continuing to work to the order delivery schedules we have already committed to. Unfortunately there have been some delays, but customers have already been informed of these.

If you have any questions, please ask your normal point of contact. We are all still working, available and ready to help. Please stay safe and best wishes from all at DSF.

Neale Parkin 6th May 2020

[08/04/2020] Covid-19 Update April 2020

DSF Update on the Covid-19 situation

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The UK, like many other countries around the world, is in the grip of the Covid-19 virus pandemic. We would firstly like to send all our customers, suppliers and partners around the world our very best wishes and we hope you can all maintain good health through this crisis.

Business comes second in a situation like this, but we have a duty to our employees and to our many loyal customers to continue to operate as safely and effectively as possible.

We are following UK Government advice and they have deemed manufacturing should continue, as long as we can follow public health advice and ensure social distancing measures can be met.

In a press release from the World Refractories Association they say:

“Without refractories, important industries and the products they produce would not exist. Whether it is the ambulances we drive, the hospitals we use, the roads we rely on, the medical equipment that we need, the communications tools we use, the waste we need to incinerate, or the medicines we take, the world we know would not exist without refractories.”

At DSF, we understand the importance of refractories as part of the supply chain to facilitate the provision of medicines, essential construction and food and beverages.

To enable manufacturing to continue at DSF we have put in additional social distancing measures, moved to shift patterns that will reduce the number of employees on site at any one time by around 50% and employed thorough cleaning processes into our daily regimes. Staff will work from home wherever possible, but we will always have a point of contact in the commercial office to deal with any customer enquiries.

We will endeavour to work to the order delivery schedules we have already committed, any changes to order lead times will be relayed to customers immediately.

If you have any questions, please ask your normal point of contact. We are all here, available and ready to help. Please stay safe and once again best wishes from all at DSF.

[19/03/2020] The Optimum Tin Bath Block Solution

DSF CTB: The Optimum Tin Bath Block Solution.

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DSF are one of the worlds leading suppliers of tin bath bottom block for the float glass industry. Our material, DSF CTB, can be found in the critical areas of the tin bath in seventy float lines worldwide and our customers include major float glass producers such as AGC, Guardian and NSG. Here Chris Windle, DSF's Technical Director, describes why DSF CTB has been so successful and highlights its unique properties.

DSF CTB the Optimum Tin Bath Block Solution

[05/02/2020] Tender for supply of air compressor

Proposed Tender for supply, delivery and installation of a 75KW – 500CFM VSD Screw Compressor.

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Proposed Tender for supply, delivery and installation of a 75KW – 500CFM VSD Screw Compressor.

DSF are a Refractories Manufacturer and Mineral Processing Company set in the Peak District National Park. As a continuing process of improving the company’s efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint we seek tenders for supply of a replacement 75 kw variable speed air compressor.

The compressor will be used to run a substantial number of the company’s plant and equipment including presses, bagging machines, mixers and our air filtration system.

The selection criteria will consider price, specification of equipment, timescale and credibility of the supplier.

Deadline for Applications is the 15th February 2020

For further information please contact
Matt Handley
Strategic Operations Manager
DSF Refractories & Minerals Ltd
Friden
Newhaven
Nr Buxton
Derbyshire, SK17 0DX. UK
Tel: +44 01629 636271
mhandley@dsf.co.uk



Pictured: DSF’s existing 90KW compressor


[16/01/2020] Glass Suppliers Article

Article on UK Glass Suppliers Alliance seminar held in Barnsley last November.

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DSF took part in the second UK Glass Suppliers Alliance seminar in Barnsley at the end of last year, which saw leading UK glassmakers gather for industry related papers and networking. Glass Worldwide were there to cover the event, a link to their article can be found below.

https://www.glassworldwide.co.uk/Articles/2019-uk-suppliers-alliance-seminar

[09/01/2020] eMail Server Downtime

Planned Maintenance of eMail Server.

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Due to planned maintenance DSF will not be able to receive emails between Friday afternoon and Monday morning. We will make every attempt to catch up on any “missing” emails but if you need to contact us during this time please use other forms of communication.

Apologies in Advance

DSF Refractories & Minerals Ltd
Friden, Newhaven,
Nr. Buxton
Derbyshire, SK17 0DX, England
Telephone: +44 (0) 1629 636271

Processed Minerals & Monolithics
Direct Telephone: +44 (0)1629 630120

[17/12/2019] Christmas Operating Hours

Details of Christmas Operating Hours.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at DSF. Please see our opening hours below.

The weighbridge will close at 3.45pm on Monday 23rd December and re-open at 6 am on Thursday 2nd January 2019

The offices will close on Tuesday 24th December at 1pm and re-open at 8.30am on Thursday 2nd January. There will be limited cover in the Sales office on 27th, 30th and 31st December.

Please note the offices will also be closed on the afternoon of Friday 20th December


[03/12/2019] Technical Article

Mullite Refractories for Optimum SRU Lining Stability.

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In this technical article, Chris Windle (DSF Technical Director), discusses the material choices for sulphur recovery unit linings and describes the benefits of DSF Frimul FX.

DSF Frimul FX represents a step change in SRU lining materials exhibiting unparelled creep resistance, a lower density compared to traditional higher alumina products and also a lower thermal conductivity.

This article was first published in the IRE Journal (November 2019)



Mullite Refractories for Optimum SRU Lining Stability.

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[19/11/2019] UK Glass Suppliers Alliance Seminar

DSF present at the UK Glass Suppliers Alliance Seminar in Barnsley…

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DSF, along with eight other leading UK glass industry suppliers, hosted the second UK Glass Suppliers Alliance Seminar at Tankersley Manor in Barnsley last week. It was a pleasure to meet with many of the UK’s glass manufacturers who were in attendance and share some of our new ideas and product developments for the glass industry.

Paul Hutchinson (DSF Sales & Marketing Director) gave two short presentations updating the assembled glassmakers on DSF’s current activities and detailing new and interesting products such as DSF Frimul FX, a high temperature fused mullite for melter crowns in special glass and e-glass furnaces. Sarah Wells (Sales & Exhibitions Co-ordinator) and Anne-Marie Aitchison (Commercial Office Team Leader) were also in attendance managing the tabletop and networking with customers and other suppliers.

Thank you to all who attended the seminar.

Photos 1-3 courtesy of Glass Worldwide








[23/10/2019] AFGM conference

DSF return from a well attended AFGM conference.

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DSF returned from a very enjoyable and well organised AFGM conference on the beautiful coral island of Cebu in the Philippines last week.

The event was well attended with Richard Hampton and Paul Hutchinson participating for DSF. If you talked with Richard or Paul at the event and would like more information please contact us via info@dsf.co.uk










[18/10/2019] Glass Problems 2019

Positive attendance at the recent Glass Problems Conference in the US….

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A positive attendance, a mix of interesting papers and good networking opportunties were all evident at the 80th Conference on Glass Problems in Columbus, Ohio.

DSF were representated at the Conference by Nigel Longshaw (Area Sales Manager) and Sarah Wells (Sales & Exhibitions Co-ordinator). Nigel and Sarah provided updates on DSF products and activities from our tabletop stand.






[01/10/2019] Gulf Glass 2019

DSF return from Dubai ….

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Thanks to all who visited the DSF stand at Gulf Glass Exhibition in Dubai last week. We had a successful week speaking to potential new customers and some old friends. DSF now move onto the AFGM in Cebu, Philippines from 14th to 17th October….see you there!

If you are attending the exhibition please come along and meet our Sales Director, Paul Hutchinson, who will be on the stand for DSF.








[17/09/2019] Gulf Glass 2019

DSF head to Dubai….

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DSF will be in Dubai next week for Gulf Glass 2019. The exhibition is in the Dubai World Trade Centre and runs from 24th to 26th September, 10.00am to 7.00pm daily.

DSF are exhibiting as part of the Glass Source stand, our appointed representative in the region. We can be found in Hall Shaykh Maktoum, Stand Number B121.

If you are attending the exhibition please come along and meet our Sales Director, Paul Hutchinson, who will be on the stand for DSF.




[31/05/2019] China Glass 2019

Looking back at China Glass 2019…

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DSF would like to thank everyone who joined us on our stand at China Glass in Beijing last week. We had interesting discussions and some great fun during the week.

Thanks also to our agents Andi Fadhill, who helped and supported us on the stand and Mr Moon who kindly organised a dinner event during the show.

See you next year in Shanghai where the event runs from the 14th to 17th April.








[20/05/2019] Ready For China Glass 2019

China Glass Booth 515 Hall E1.

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Preparations are complete for China Glass 2019, this year held in Beijing at the China International Exhibition Centre.

DSF will be available at Booth 515 Hall E1 for the duration of the exhibition 22nd to 25th May to welcome customers old and new. On the stand as usual will be Paul Hutchinson, Richard Hampton and Sarah Wells to discuss our range of refractory materials for the glass industry.

Please stop by and see us.