Full Name: Simon Spurr
Job: Business Development Manager
Describe your role:
My role at Imerys Kaolin is quite varied but is concentrated on the Performance Minerals markets (Coatings, Polymers & Specialties). It falls somewhere between sales, marketing and technical, and I work closely with all 3 of these departments. I also manage our new product development (NPD) pipeline.
In three words, describe yourself.
Competitive, Enthusiastic, Confident.
What’s your favourite part about your job at Imerys?
My favourite part of the role I have is its variety. I am lucky enough to have to travel all over the world in the job which I also enjoy. The commercial organisation within Imerys Kaolin is an energetic but close knit team. I have always played team sports and enjoy this dynamic.
Outside of work, what do you get up to?
I still play (veterans) football and try to keep as active as possible. I am currently in training for the Imerys half marathon and the Eden Classic bike ride, (both events hosted around the kaolin mining area in Cornwall, UK) in May. When the weather warms up I will also get back in the Cornish waters and so some surfing, which is something I enjoy immensely. With four children and two dogs, I do not have much time for anything else…
Which Imerys Kaolin product would you recommend to a customer and why?
I have a personal favourite and that is Opacilite! I started my career at English China Clays (ECC), which ultimately became Imerys. During my time at ECC I worked in the laboratories and was heavily involved with the development work to produce this flash calcined clay. It is now Imerys Kaolin’s leading titanium dioxide extender for coatings and I am currently looking for new markets and applications for this unique flash calcination technology.
What market issues do you see impacting 2018 and how do you think it will be overcome?
I believe the largest issue in 2018 for the markets we serve will be the continuing issues with titanium dioxide (TiO2). The rising price of TiO2 seen in 2017 does not seem to reversing and this will continue to force producers to look at ways of extending it, which is great news for Imerys! There are also some legislative concerns surrounding TiO2 which have led to a number of enquiries from quite diverse customers looking for complete alternatives.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
To be myself.
Published on: Apr 30, 2018