The main function of IRMA is to work for the healthy growth of the refractory industry in India. A wide range of insulating and other qualities of refractories capable of withstanding high-temperature erosion/corrosion in various furnaces and kilns used in the steel, cement, non-ferrous metals and other such industries is manufactured by the Indian refractories industry.

The principal services of IRMA are - providing trade information, representing to the authorities on issues of common concern to members, extending advisory services to the members on imports/ export policy,
legal aspects relating to taxes and duties, preparation of background notes and reports, publication of the quarterly IRMA Journal, organizing seminars and conferences on technical and management aspects and so on.

The members are encouraged in quality management, energy conservation, exports, human resource development etc.

Representing on Common Problems

The principal matters of common concern, such as availability and quality of raw materials, custom duties, central excise, technical issues of specifications, refractory quality and testing, operating parameters, and so on are taken up with the Government and other agencies.

Advisory Services

Initial advice is given to members on import-export policies, tax matters, pollution control rules and regulations, and so on. It has also taken up on behalf of members a number of legal and quasi-legal matters of general concern.

Preparing Notes/Reports

From time to time reports and notes are prepared on issues of concern to the members of IRMA, such as on exports, refractory production in selected overseas countries, technical matters, raw material sourcing, etc.


IRMA has a regular quarterly Journal. This covers a number of typical subjects (including members' activities), technical articles, statistics, etc. IRMA also issues a monthly Newsletter for members. The Association publishes every alternate year a Directory of Members. The Directory provides company-wise data. IRMA also publishes transactions of seminars, and technical proceedings. For more details kindly visit our Publications page.

Organizing Seminars and Short Courses

IRMA regularly organises seminars and workshops, short courses, etc. on application engineering of refractories for Basic Oxygen Furnaces and steel ladles, monolithics, pollution control, TQM, and so on. Kindly visit the Technical Training Programme page for further details.
It organizes the India International Refractories Congress (IREFCON). The 7th India International Refractory Congress (IREFCON 2008) in Kolkata in February 200 attracted nearly 450 delegates including over 50 from overseas nations.

Meetings and Delegations

IRMA arranges meetings with various agencies such as for pollution control, R&D, main consuming industries, important raw material suppliers as well as government authorities It has also successfully organized technical delegations of members to UNITECR (Unified International Technical Conferences on Refractories) in Japan and USA and separately to Japan, Germany, UK, and also to Russia. Recently a delegation from IRMA visited South East Asia.

Data Bank Services

The IRMA Data Bank is a large repository of data on the refractories industry in India, product range, production trends, imports, exports, information on consuming industries like steel, cement, and so on. The Association furnishes reports or abstracts from the Data Bank to members and non-members against payment of prescribed charges.

Expert Technical Services

The Association has a panel of technical experts, each highly experienced and well established in this field to provide a range of services concerning preventive maintenance, energy conservation, pollution control, product upgradation, troubleshooting and so on.


  • IRMA Award of Excellence 2012-13
  • Overall Excellence and Exports for Large, Medium And Small Scale Sectors
  • IRMA Lifetime Achievement Award (2012-13)

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IRMA Articles

  • Address of Welcome by Shri Arvind Jain, Chairman IRMA, at the50th Annual General Meeting on 30th August 2011
  • The greatest challenge for the future of the refractory area by V.C. Pandolfelli, Federal University of S. Carlos, Brazil

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IRMA Publication

  • Directory of Members 2013
  • Elements of Refractory Business Management
  • The Refractories Industry in India - A Study

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