SEFPRO history

Walk through SEFPRO’s century-long history, from the opening of the first plant of fused cast refractories in Modane, France to today’s milestones.

1929 - 1973

The foundation of SEPR

L'ELECTRO-REFRACTAIRE plant Modane France SEPR

1929

Saint-Gobain creates “L’ELECTRO-REFRACTAIRE”, a production facility for fused cast refractories
based in Modane, France
SEPR Le Pontet Halle A France

1947

New production site selected in Le Pontet, France
SEPR Italia Mezzocorona plant

1971

Acquisition of REFRADIGE in Italy, now SEPR Italia
SEPR Le Pontet poste de garde France

1973

“L’ELECTRO-REFRACTAIRE” becomes SEPR
(Société Européenne des Produits Réfractaires)

1987 - 1996

Global expansion

Corhart Refractories plant Buckhannon West Virginia, USA

1987

Integration of Corhart Refractories, USA
SEPR Beijing China plant

1991

Joint venture for the production of fused cast refractories
in China (ZPER)
Savoie Refractaires Venissieux plant France

1996

Integration of Savoie Réfractaires (France) which specializes
in sintered materials for the glass industry

2001 - 2006

Further expansion in Asia

SEFPRO logo

2001

Creation of the SEFPRO business entity
ZPER is renamed Beijing SEPR Refractories
Opening of a new plan in Changping, China
SEPR India Palakkad plant CUMI

2002

Acquisition of CUMI (India), created in 1977, now SEPR India
Saint-Gobain TM KK plant in Kojimachi, Tokyo

2003

Integration of Toshiba Monofrax (Japan),
now Saint-Gobain TM KK

2005 - 2015

Organic growth

SEFPRO China Linyi plant 3 2019

2005

Start-up of the Linyi Saint-Gobain refractory plant
(joint venture) in China
SEPR India Palakkad plant

2011

Start-up of the manufacturing of sintered refractory blocks
at SEPR India
SEPR India Perundurai plant

2015

Start-up of the SEPR India Perundurai plant

From 2022

New era for SEFPRO...

Monofrax plant New York USA

2022

Acquisition of Monofrax LLC, plant based in New York, USA
SEFPRO Logo History

2023

SEFPRO unveils its new visual identity

The blue and green gradient represents our willingness towards carbon neutrality. We believe that this journey is not just a goal, but a continuous process of improvement and innovation. Our new colors will help us better illustrate this journey, and showcase our dedication to reducing our carbon footprint, and those of our customers.
GLASS SERVICE

2024

SEFPRO is thrilled to annouce the acquisition of Glass Service.

Beyond the business synergies, our share passion for the glass industry and vision for its digitalization and decarbonization drives us to collaborate and design more efficient and innovative solutions and services to accompany our customers in their journey towards a brighter, more sustainable future.
Together, we will continue to grow as a strong, reliable, and innovative partner to glassmakers worldwide.