Large, high quality reserves
Imerys draws on world-class mining assets when upstream integration is identified as being essential to the quality of products and the long-term nature of the business sector.
Rare and diverse resources
A unique range of minerals, 121 mining sites, more than 20 years of reserves on average: Imerys is the only designer of specialty minerals for industry to have such large and diverse resources, well distributed around the world. These raw materials may be rare, even unique, giving the Group a solid competitive advantage.
At least 20 years of resources
In order to guarantee a long-term supply for its customers and secure its future growth, Imerys aims to constantly have at least 20 years of reserves for all its minerals. To achieve this, the Group is constantly prospecting, optimizing its portfolio of deposits and acquiring new resources.
In 2012, Imerys continued to replenish mineral reserves in line with the production requirements of each operation’s extraction needs with special emphasis on the long term stability of both quality and quantity requirements. The acquisitions of a refractory bauxite company in Brazil (State of Pará) and of Goonvean’s kaolin activities in the United Kingdom (Cornwall) further strengthened the Group’s minerals portfolio.