Imerys has been operating in Brazil since 1996. Present in three states (Pará, São Paulo and Espírito Santo) with more than 2,000 employees, Imerys extracts or transforms the minerals calcium carbonate, kaolin and perlite.
With seven plants and a mine in operation in Brazil, Imerys consolidates itself as the largest producer in Brazil and one of the largest in South America in calcium carbonate, with a broad portfolio among carbonates natural (GCC) and precipitated (PCC), we serve the most varied applications and bring excellence in services to our customers in the segments of paper, paints, plastics, polymers, food, pharma, among others.
In the state of Pará, Imerys has the largest kaolin processing plant in the world, in addition to mines and a private port. After processing, the kaolin is shipped internationally for use in a wide variety of markets including paper, inks, ceramics and more. It also acts together as communities, being a reference pole for social projects aimed at encouraging basic education, digital inclusion, income generation and sustainable entrepreneurship.
In Pará, Imerys has been in operation since 1980's under the Imetal and English China Clays brands. It is present in the cities of Barcarena (plant) and in Ipixuna (mines). There are two mines for the extraction of kaolin ore and the largest processing plant for this mineral in the world. Kaolin is transported by two pipelines that extend over 180 km in length until reaching the private port of Imerys in Barcarena. Most of the ore is destined for the international market.
Present in 7 cities in the state of São Paulo, namely: Campinas, Paulínia, Salto, Guaratinguetá, Mogi das Cruzes, Limeira and Rio Claro, Imerys produces perlite and calcium carbonate, essential minerals for several markets, such as filtration, in food industry, civil construction, agribusiness among others.
Imerys Cachoeiro is located in the city of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim in the State of Espírito Santo and produces loads of natural calcium carbonate. Because it is a versatile ore, the plant is able to serve several markets such as civil construction, paints and papers, food industry among others. Imerys Cachoeiro has a high standard of quality in its production thanks to constant investments in technology and its own deposit, recognition of suppliers, equipment for quality control and serious performance in the consumer market.
The Casa Imerys emerged as a pioneering initiative in the region of Pará, where Imerys operates with the extraction and the process of kaolin, and has materialized as an efficient and innovative model of relationship with the community.
The space acts as a reference pole for social projects aimed at encouraging basic education, digital inclusion, income generation and sustainable entrepreneurship.
In 2019, 2485 people were served at Casa Imerys, including school tutoring, basic and advanced information technology, and craft workshops focused on generating income.
Imerys invests in the protection of its tailings containment basins, ensuring the safety of its employees and communities around its operations. Monitored 24 hours a day, the structures receive technical inspections and semiannual audits, carried out by specialized external consultants.
Through its land rehabilitation plan, Imerys ensures that the areas reached mining operations to get the native forest back in each region in which it operates. Integrating, preserving biodiversity and restoring biological diversity is our responsibility to the communities around us and our operations and society as a whole.
50 houses in Argentina have already been constructed with a new type of bricks made with 90% perlite residue - this is a perfect illustration of applying circular economy to the mineral industry.
Certification reinforces the quality of production for the food industry in Brazil.
With a desperate lack of healthcare supplies for Covid-19 patients in Brazil’s largest state, Imerys produced and delivered 3.3 tonnes of cryogenic perlite that was essential for safeguarding bottles of medicinal oxygen at the right temperature.
Projects and social actions were readapted at Casa Imerys and at the Hub Capim mines in Brazil, to maintain knowledge sharing with our neighboring communities.