Innovation is an essential component to the growth of Imerys Kaolin. Our Research & Development teams are tasked with designing new products, technologies and processes. Our entire group is tasked with finding new opportunities for the use of kaolin in various applications including those that are new to the world.
Our main focus is to improve the properties of our customers’ products. We work hand in hand with our customers’ in developing new applications to help provide them with a competitive edge, either in technical performance of the finished product or in their manufacturing process.
Our marketing and sales teams keep constant watch over our current and potential new markets and growth opportunities for our mineral.
We have access to over 80 researchers,engineers and geologists who work at our Research and Development centers located in the United Kingdom (Par Moor) and the USA (Sandersville). We are well equipped to focus on specific industries, ensuring in-depth expertise and a single-minded concentration on customer solutions. The aim is to develop the most efficient cost saving processes and to produce the most effective materials for each application as well as minimize the environmental impacts of our operations throughout the world. This is all backed up by our technical service and advice.
We utilize Stage-Gate development processes to rapidly assess new ideas and bring the best ones to market as quickly as possible.
Our Main Areas of Expertise Include:
- Imerys Kaolin laboratory facilities have the ability to simulate on a small scale our customers manufacturing processes and product testing
- Custom solutions can be provided to meet the end use application needs
- We work closely with our customers and offer them innovative solutions whether it is technology, application know how, new product ideas, or innovative logistics solutions
As a part of the Imerys Group, the Kaolin business also has access to the Group’s eight main research centers and a number of regional laboratories across the globe