Consumer goods & healthcare
We mine and process minerals around the world for a highly diverse range of consumer and healthcare goods, from toothpaste and cosmetics to insecticides – and the packaging that it all comes in.
Mineral solutions for almost every industry
Our natural minerals are used across the world in the healthcare industry, in agriculture, in consumer goods, in consumer packaging and in the food and beverage sector.
The health & personal care sectors are increasingly seeking natural ingredients that have a lower environmental footprint and are sustainably sourced.
At Imerys, we draw on our own world-class ore bodies spread across the globe to offer our customers an extensive range of controlled, consistently high-quality, natural mineral ingredients.
We harness our mineral expertise to help tackle some of the world’s major health issues. Our ImerPure® low-cost home water filter system aids the fight against cholera and other water-borne diseases in countries like India and Haiti. Imergard™ WP mosquito adulticide could prove invaluable in controlling mosquito populations in sub-Saharan Africa where malaria claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year.
For personal care, our Science & Technology teams carefully engineer minerals to boost our customers’ formulations and – in the case of cosmetics – offer them effective natural mineral alternatives to synthetic ingredients. For instance, our innovative ImerCare® range includes perlite to replace plastic microbeads in body scrubs and shampoos; ultra-absorbent diatomite for aluminum-free deodorants; and kaolin to replace copolymer opacifiers and PMMA matting agents in creams, gels and shampoos.
We are a global leader in the supply of minerals for rigid and flexible packaging. Our minerals are used across a wide range of products, from containerboard to plastic bags, barrier coatings, sheets and films.
Minerals such as kaolins and calcium carbonates can be used to boost finished product quality, to increase production efficiencies and to help reduce costs. Our minerals also improve resin and fiber extension and the optical and mechanical properties of film and rigid packaging.
With e-commerce and changing consumer habits creating increased demand for safe and convenient packaging, we are committed to supporting our customers in developing the right packaging solutions. At the same time, we understand the need to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the end product, increase biopolymer compatibility, develop plastic-free barrier coating grades, and improve recyclability, biodegradability and compostability.
Through our global presence and regional network of world-class research facilities, we work with customers to develop tailored solutions for their business needs wherever they are based.
Growing pest resistance to chemical insecticides continues to threaten our ability to control insect-borne diseases and demands new approaches. One exciting new application is the development of mechanical insect control agents.
CynerSorb: removal of contaminants in edible oils
We’re always looking for ways to improve the safety and quality of consumer goods, so we’ve engineered a highly permeable, diatomite-based adsorbent for the purification needs of the edible oil industry.
The physical structure of a CynerSorb® molecule means contaminants attach to it like a magnet, resulting in a high degree of adsorption without compromising flow rate, which in turn enables longer filtration cycles.
Its superior combined adsorption and filtration functionalities have allowed customers to reduce the amount of adsorbents previously used by up to 50%.
Articles you might be interested in
In the pursuit of healthy white teeth, Imerys has found that toothpaste that combines kaolin and delicately engineered perlite provides highly effective dental care and meets consumers’ preference for natural ingredients.
The mineral perlite is an effective replacement for microbeads in scrubs and shower gels – not only for its exfoliating performance, but for reducing plastic pollution in oceans.
Mineral-based filters are removing bacteria and other contaminants from drinking water in the developing world.
How minerals improve hygiene and comfort of diapers for babies.