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A range of minerals for bio-based polymers

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Sustainable development

A range of minerals for bio-based polymers

With the acquisition of Luzenac Group, Imerys has complimented its range of minerals for bio-based polymers, a fast-growing market segment driven by the trend of lower usage of petroleum-based fuels. Incorporation of minerals in bio-based-polymers used for film and disposable items such as food packaging can help bio-based polymers to match or exceed the performance of more traditionally used (petroleum-based) polymers in terms of in processability, stability and permeability. In Polylactic Acid (PLA) resin molded parts for example, FILMLINK™ 500, a calcium carbonate, provides whiteness, opacity, processing improvements, dimensional stability as well as flexural modulus; Luzenac HAR®, a high impact ratio talc, delivers increased stiffness as well as improved thermal dimensional stability; Suzorite® 325HK mica improves heat deflection temperature and barrier properties. With a relatively low processing energy content compared with polymer, Imerys minerals also help to reduce the final product’s carbon footprint.

Sustainable Development 2011
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Strategy

Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy. Actions are guided by a three-year plan that sets goals for each of our areas of activity. The three-year plan also provides for gradual, continuous performance improvement.

Environmental focus

We work to reduce our environmental impact and use natural resources efficiently. We control our activities’ impact on the environment and set up management systems that allow us to improve our performance continuously.

Social Focus

Health and Safety, Human Resources, Ethic, and dialogue with our neighboring communities are among our main corporate social responsibility priorities.