Exploring UNITECR

In 1987, Tokyo marked the starting point of UNITECR, the Unified International Technical Conference of Refractories. Since then, this event has evolved exceptionally, consolidating itself as the most influential in the refractory industry on an international level.

This trajectory has been directed by the UNITECR International Executive Board (IEB), an assembly of visionary minds composed of representatives from the Founding Member Organizations, Principal Member Organizations, and Lifetime Distinguished Members.

Industry Impact

With the promise of being an invaluable opportunity to connect with professionals from the sector all around the world, UNITECR has been the engine behind the emergence of new cutting-edge technologies, techniques, and insights.

Welcome to UNITECR 2025

Mauro Cueva

President of UNITECR 2025

The team at ALAFAR is pleased to announce that we will organize the 19th UNITECR Biennial Worldwide Congress on Refractories. This will be held at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort in Cancun, Mexico, from October 27th to 30th, 2025.

It is the fifth time that ALAFAR has been chosen to host this truly global event, and I am confident that Mexico will deliver! As technological advances continue at pace, there are many pressing issues facing our industry and our clients – carbon neutrality, the role of hydrogen, recycling challenges, resource preservation, and energy-saving technologies – and I’m sure that these and other key emerging topics will all be fully addressed at Cancun 2025.

We will be working hard to put together a stimulating, high-quality program worthy of the excellent reputation that UNITECR has established for itself over the past decades. We look forward to the active participation of members from all around the world, our expert voices, so to speak, and we would ask you to keep an eye on the website as plans develop.

Alongside our oral and poster sessions, of course, this will be a great time of the year for you to visit Cancun, renowned not only for its Caribbean vistas, high-level hospitality, and a wide variety of activities but also for the historic Mayan ruins. Our chosen venue offers numerous upscale amenities, on-site dining with international cuisine, and premier access to alluring destinations. We will be doing absolutely everything we can in the next two years to put together an exciting, informative, inclusive, and enjoyable program for you all.

As we move forward, all details will be available on the new website, including submission of abstracts, event sponsorship, registration, travel, and UNITECR news.

Please put those dates in your diary – October 27th to 30th, 2025 – and we will be delighted to welcome refractory specialists from around the world to Cancun in two years’ time. See you there!

General Information

Host Confederation

Latin American Association of Refractories Manufacturers (ALAFAR)

Mauro Cueva

President of UNITECR 2025

Daniel Llaguno

Vice President of UNITECR 2025

Meeting Venue

JW Marriott Cancun Resort

Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 14.5, Lote 40-A. Hotel Zone Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, CP 77500


Founding Members

  • American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
  • Latin American Association of Refractories Manufacturers (ALAFAR)
  • German Refractory Association (GRA)
  • Technical Association of Refractories, Japan (TARJ)

Principal Members

  • The Chinese Ceramic Society (CCS)
  • Indian Refractory Makers Association (IRMA)
  • Fédération Européene des Fabricants de Réfractaires (PRE)

Latin American UNITECR Committee

  • Mauro Cueva
    Grupo NUTEC, Mexico
  • Daniel Llaguno,
    Grupo NUTEC, Mexico
  • Abel Carriquiry,
    Refractarios Peruanos S.A., Peru
  • Pablo Valenzuela,
    Refractarios Iunge Ltda., Chile