Minerals & more
We mine or process more than 30 different minerals extracted from over 100 mineral deposits around the world. Imerys continuously replaces and develops our mineral reserves and resources to ensure we hold an average of 20 years’ worth of production in reserves. We process or synthesize these minerals into solutions specifically designed for their end-use applications and to meet the precise needs of our customers.
Carbon black is an extremely versatile substance which is making an increasingly valuable contribution to the automotive industry. Imerys is the leading supplier of highly conductive carbon-based solutions for conductive carbon black used in lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles and consumer electronics. It is also a valuable ingredient in polymer compounds used in electronic devices and the automotive industry.
Graphite has a wide variety of properties and uses. Prized for its electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, softness, chemical inertness, heat resistance and lubricity. Its applications range from high performance lithium-ion batteries, alkaline batteries, conductive polymers, refractories or brake pads.
Kaolin is a rock from which the clay mineral kaolinite is derived. This one has been used for millennia as the principal ingredient in porcelain tableware. Today Imerys kaolins bring critical properties to a host of end applications ranging from paper to paints, fiberglass to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
Lithium is a very light alkali element that is a critical component in the manufacture of batteries for the automotive industry. It is an essential and strategic raw material for meeting the challenge of the energy transition. Imerys has launched plans to start lithium mining at its Beauvoir site in central France by 2028.