INNOVATION

Innovation means growth
Refractory’s diverse properties make the product and its related technologies something of a catalyst for innovation. Imerys Refractory Minerals’ primary objective is to create value for its customers through high-performance, inventive, specific and differentiating solutions.

Our activities in Imerys Refractory Minerals are supported primarily by the Center for Abrasive & Refractory Research & Development (CARRD) based in Villach, Austria, featuring an extensive range of minerals processing, testing and analysis tools focused on high resistance materials. Other laboratories with technical support and more specialized researchers help to meet local needs. In our customers’ increasingly competitive environment new solutions will be required to continue to meet market expectations. At Imerys Refractory Minerals you’ll find a capable partner with the size and ambition to make the step changes to transform your business.

Our scientists’ daily work consists in developing new solutions and improving manufacturing processes. Apart from fundamental research, the principal source of inspiration is their ongoing collaboration with customers’ plants and sales & marketing teams. Imerys Refractory Minerals’ success stems from its technical expertise and innovation capacity. We draw on these assests to turn unprocessed raw materials into value-added products and solutions, with the ultimate aim of passing on an extra competitive edge to its customers.

Examples of recent innovations:
Argical™Pro is a calcined material especially designed to protect fruits on farms. Thanks to the Argical Pro, eggs of flies, worms and aphids may not find nesting ground on the trees. It took over 4 years of development, testing and obtainment of the AMM license by the French ministry of agriculture before launching the product.

Durandal™RX is a superfine andalusite material milled to a particle size close to primary crystallites to increase reactivity within refractory compositions and assist the mineralogical transformation to mullite.
Using this material with unique properties like anisotropic dilatometry, the matrix and not only the aggregates of a refractory composition can be enriched in mullite content at a lower firing temperature and thus provide the final product with better thermal shock resistance to.

Partners:
The Imerys Refractory Minerals Innovation team works very closely with academics. In general we take part in internship programs and share R&D projects, for example with CEMTHI in Orleans, and SPCTS in Limoges in 2014. As of 2013, Imerys Refractory Minerals and CARRD are involved in joint research with CEMTHI.

A member of FIRE (Federation for International Refractory Research and Education) since 2013 Imerys Refractory Minerals will participate next year in joint R&D programs associating end users, academics, refractory producers and raw material suppliers. This is a good way to be closer to the market, and anticipate the future minerals that our customers will need in the coming years!