Imerys recently opened in Toulouse, France, the new facilities at its European Technology Center for performance minerals. With this new 2500 m2 site, the world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, intends to focus its R&D resources on key markets, while at the same time enabling knowledge to be shared with our other laboratories elsewhere in Europe, the US and Asia.

Specialising in the optimisation and development of new mineral-based solutions for plastics (virgin, recycled and biopolymer resins), elastomers and life sciences, the Toulouse Technology Centre is also a world centre of excellence for polymer applications. With this new investment, it now boasts experts and equipment for the ceramic, building materials, filtration, health and food & feed markets.

The Toulouse laboratory expanded its capacity at the end of 2020 and now employs more than 50 French and international technicians and scientists. Its location in Toulouse means that the Group will now have access to major university and scientific resources throughout a region that is home to major R&D initiatives.

Imerys’ areas of expertise include polymers, agriculture, cosmetics, human food and animal feed and pharmaceutical products, ceramics, innovative building materials, filtration for industrial and food applications, and paints and coatings for industrial applications.

Focusing our R&D resources at our Toulouse Technology Center of excellence will help us achieve the critical size required to speed up the launch of new mineral solutions which our clients need in their own quest for innovation and performance”, says Guillaume Delacroix, Imerys’ Vice President in charge of Performance Minerals for EMEA. “We will be able to use this Center to simulate the way in which our mineral solutions can be used in our clients’ production processes. The focus will also be on the life cycle of our new products - an increasingly important criterion in the ecological transition that industry in Europe is currently undergoing."