The Performance Minerals segment brings together three geographic business areas: Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA), Americas and Asia-Pacific (APAC) serving the Plastics, Paints & coatings, Filtration, Ceramics, Batteries & Fuel cells and Paper & board markets.
High Temperature Materials & Solutions
The High-Temperature Materials & Solutions segment consists of our Refractory, Abrasives & Construction business area.
At Imerys, we take our commitment to sustainability seriously, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is central to our business growth and transformation. It also helps us contribute to sustainable development in the places where we work.
Sustainable Development: Fostering Local Employment in Ipixuna, Brazi
Sustainable Development: Cycladic Plant Micro-Reserve in Milos, Greece
Imerys Sustainable Development Challenge - Educate to empower
Our Sustainable Development Commitment
The birth of Peñarroya
The Rothschild family combines some of their metals and mining interests into a company called Peñarroya. For almost a century it specialises in extracting and processing non-ferrous metals.
Imetal: a new century
After almost a century, as a stand-alone company, Peñarroya branched out, buying a French clay roof tile maker and an American steel and metals processor. It created a holding company called Imetal to manage the new business.
Three key sectors
The company makes its first significant investment in refractory minerals and ceramics when it buys France’s Damrec and starts to switch focus from non-ferrous metallurgy activities to industrial minerals. The Group restructures into three key sectors: Building Materials, Industrial Minerals and Metals Processing.
Imerys: industrial minerals at its core
Imetal intensifies its focus on industrial minerals, broadens its geographic footprint and acquires a number of companies. By the end of the decade, to reflect its change in emphasis, Imetal changes its name to Imerys, but it continues to expand its product lines and the markets in which it is present.
A responsible Group
Throughout the decade, Imerys adds new minerals, markets and develop new geographies through its ongoing acquisition strategy. At the same time, the Group starts to build its reputation as a respected responsible business with initiatives such as its Sustainable Development Challenge, Safety Charter and Code of Business Conduct.
Continued improvements for customers
The acquisitions continue, boosting Imerys position in minerals as varied as talc and bentonite. The Group also continues to refine its responsible business activities, introducing I-Cube, an operational excellence program. In 2019, Imerys is further improving its organization to make it simpler, more efficient and more customer-focused.