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Green Innovation



Green Innovation

Innovation is at the heart of Imerys growth strategy.

For several years, innovation goals have been factored into our Sustainable Development action plan. These include:
  • The development and introduction every year of products with an environmental benefit,
  • The measurement, from the design stage, of our innovations’ carbon footprint.

The rise in the number of ideas and opportunities led the Group to allocate significantly more resources to R&D and Innovation.Moreover, a growing share of research expenditure is for work on innovations in new markets for Imerys. The Group introduced 90 new products in 2015. 18 of them offer an environmental benefit, while others improve ease of use.

Our ability to combine minerals enables our customers to make significant, quantifiable improvements, e.g. better controlled, more cost-effective production, lower consumption of expensive raw materials, greater energy efficiency, reduced emissions and environmental impact. We also optimize our own processes to increase our productivity, but also limit our energy consumption and carbon emissions and make better use of natural resources.

Many new Imerys products present an environmental, health or safety benefit.

  • TIMREX® C-Therm 011 and TIMREX® C-Therm 012 (Graphite & Carbon)
In Graphite & Carbon, TIMREX® C-Therm 011 and TIMREX® C-Therm 012 broadened the TIMCAL product portfolio of carbon powders for thermally conductive polymers and engineering composites.

  • Reducing Carbon Footprint thanks to Fiberlink™ 101S (Performance Minerals)
In Performance Minerals, FiberLink™ 101S has enhanced the range of calcium carbonate materials used to make nonwoven fibers for the production of disposable wipes for cosmetics, personal care and household products.

  • Lighter and stronger ceramic products (Ceramics)
In Ceramics, the Ceramic Centre’s work is particularly focused on the development of lighter, stronger products that save raw materials and energy, and of new, more environment-friendly mineral conversion processes. This has led to two patent applications, one in lightweight, innovative ceramic products and one in processing techniques.

  • Improving the Efficiency of Thermal Power Stations or Incinerators (Ceramics)
Among the year’s innovations, Minerals for Ceramics teams launched a mineral additive used as an adjuvant in thermal power stations or incinerators. The additive reacts with ash to make it less chemically aggressive. This limits corrosion and prevents solid concretions from forming in heat exchangers and hot gas ducts. In sum, it reduces facility-maintenance needs and improves heat recovery.

  • C-NERGY™, a Range of Additives for Lithium Ion Batteries (Graphite & Carbon)
Car manufacturers are investing on green cars. Research in the energy domain focuses on new Lithium Ion batteries for the future automotive industry: electric and hybrid vehicles. Timcal, an Imerys subsiadiary, is contributing to this progress with C-NERGY™, a range of very high purity graphite and carbon black-based additives used in the production of electrodes for the new generation Lithium Ion batteries.

  • IMercure™ X10: An Environment-Friendly Wood Coating Additive (Performance Minerals)
IMercure™ X10 improves the performance of UV curable wood coating.

  • Recycling Calcium Carbonate Tailings (Performance Minerals)
Efforts to reduce the environmental impact of Imerys products have also prompted to the utilization of mine tailings.

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Consumption & Discharges

Manage properly water withdrawals and limit waste production are part of our Sustainable Development goals.

Energy & emissions

For several years, we have implemented action programs to improve the energy efficiency of its industrial activities and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Restoration & Biodiversity

We strive to lessen negative impacts of our mining and processing activities on biodiversity.