HISTORY

Imerys Refractory Minerals have more than 50 years of history …

1960
Foundation of TECO plant in Tennessee (USA) by Bill Rawles, producing fused MgO and fused silica

1961
George Eusner secures ore deposits of bauxitic clay in Andersonville, Georgia (USA)

1963
VKV “Vatutinsky Kombinat Vognetryviv” starts its industrial activity with clay extraction in the Cherkasy region in Ukraine

1969
AGS, a specialist in the mining, processing and marketing of clay-based minerals, is formed from the merger of ARGIREC, GRANGER and SOGDAR.
Installation of the first 2 rotary kilns by CE-Minerals in Andersonville to produce Mulcoa ®

1970
Opening of the pit and the plant of Glomel Andalusite, France.

1971
Production of the first tons of CHK ™ in VKV

1983
CE-Minerals acquire Teco plant

1986
Acquisition of DAMREC by Imetal (now Imerys)

1990
CE-Minerals is acquired by Imetal (now Imerys)

1992
DAMREC acquire Annesley Andalusite, South Africa

1998
DAMREC acquire Rhino Andalusite mine, South Africa

1999
CE-Minerals acquire the Newell processing plant in West Virginia (USA)
Acquisition of English China Clays (ECC) owner of the Parkandillick Calciner which produces the well-known Molochite™. Following this acquisition Imetal changed its name to Imerys

2006
AGS becomes a subsidiary of the Imerys Group

2007
VKV becomes a member of the Imerys group
The purchase of a 65% stake in Yilong (China) and the remaining 35% in 2011, gave us access to an excellent quality andalusite reserve in order to serve the local refractories market

2013
Set up of Imerys Refractory Minerals, a global organization.

Bringing together the combined teams of former CE-Minerals (now Imerys Refractory Minerals North America), former Damrec (now Imerys Refractory Minerals Glomel) , former AGS (now Imerys Refractory Minerals Clerac) and VKV as well as our global sales network, we are able to offer the broadest portfolio of alumina-silicate materials for Refractory producers and build upon our foundations to re-invest in meeting the new demands of our changing world.