Imerys, Transform to perform



The Group


The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, Imerys transforms a unique range of minerals to deliver functional specialty solutions (heat resistance, mechanical strength, conductivity, coverage, barrier effect, etc.) that are essential to its customers' products and manufacturing processes.

Whether mineral components, functional additives, process enablers or finished products, Imerys’ solutions contribute to the quality of a great number of applications in consumer goods, industrial equipment or construction. Combining expertise, creativity and attentiveness to customers’ needs, the Group’s teams constantly identify new applications and develop high value-added solutions under a determined approach to responsible development.

Sales 20143,688 M

Current operating income 2014495 M

Employees 201414,900

Energy Solutions & Specialties
  • World #1 in minerals for breathable polymer films
  • World #2 in ground calcium carbonate (GCC) for paper
  • World #1 in alumino-silicate monolithic refractories
  • World #1 in graphite for alkaline batteries
  • World #1 in conductive additives for Li-Ion batteries
  • World #1 in lubricants for seamless tube protection
  • World #1 for large natural graphite flakes

Filtration & Performance Additives
  • World #1 in talc for plastics, paints, paper, ceramics, health & beauty
  • World #1 in mica
  • World #1 in mica for engineered plastics and high performance coatings
  • World #1 in diatomite-based products
  • World #1 in diatomite-based products and perlite-based products for filtration

Ceramic Materials
  • French #1 for clay roof tiles
  • World #1 in raw materials and ceramic bodies for sanitaryware
  • World #2 in kaolins for fiberglass
  • Europe#1 in raw materials and ceramic bodies for tableware
  • Europe#2 in raw materials for floor tiles
  • World #1 in kiln furniture for roofing tiles
  • World #1 in kaolin for paper

High Resistance Minerals
  • World #1 in alumino-silicate minerals for refractories
  • World #1 in fused minerals for abrasives
  • World #1 in fused zirconia

Imerys is based in almost 50 countries and has 234 industrial sites.

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Business model

"Imerys is a world leader with unique advantages" explains Gilles Michel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imerys.

Core business

From mineral deposits to customers – learn about all the stages in our core business.


300 scientists, 8 R&D centers, 20 regional laboratories... Imerys invests significant resources in the development of solutions tailored to each customer.