Launch of Optifine
The game-changer was Optifine, our first high efficiency grain refiner, first used in regular production in 2010. It meant casthouses needed to add 70% less grain refiner to avoid cracking than if they used other standard TiBAl grain refiners.
This was unheard of and resulted in improved quality and reduced operating costs by typically 50% over a wide range of alloy compositions. Produced in a state-of-the-art facility by our partners STNM, Optifine is today used in 42 major casthouses worldwide in the production of over three million tonnes of alloys a year.
We continually innovated and in 2021, launched our ultra-powerful Optifine 5:1 125, which enables casthouses to reduce their grain refiner addition rates by up to 85%.
As well as our Optifine 5:1 125, 5:1 100 and 3:1 100 grain refiners, we offer a range of other innovative casthouse solutions, including our ultra-precise aluminium rod feeder and low hold-up filtration system for treating high flow metal rates.
As a company, we operate through a network of consultants and distributors with representatives and offices in all parts of the aluminium world, from Australasia to South Africa, Europe to the Americas.
We also showcase our products to industry leaders and potential customers at major international trade conferences and exhibitions such as TMS and NorCast and are invited to present papers to delegates on key industry topics.