SANITARYWARE Imerys raw mineral and prepared body and glaze solutions for sanitaryware
Imerys is the world’s leading supplier of prepared bodies and raw mineral solutions for sanitaryware.
We offer the broadest product portfolio of minerals on the market for sanitaryware bodies and glazes derived from our high quality ball clays, kaolins, chamottes, feldspars, talcs and wollastonites. Our raw material solutions and prepared bodies offer delivers improved performance and greater productivity with the ultimate aim of helping our customers achieve ever higher yields and design possibilities.
- Ball clay
Our ball clay portfolio includes highly prized English references. Combined with kaolin, ball clays provide cohesion and workability in sanitaryware pieces.
Imerys supplies extra white kaolins for sanitaryware. Kaolin’s high fusion temperature and white firing characteristics make it particularly suitable for the manufacture of sanitaryware.
Imerys chamottes are used to produce fine fire-clays which act like a skeleton, enabling the production of large, complex pieces such as baths and shower trays with enhanced mechanical properties. Fine fire-clays are more suited to the production of large, more sophisticated designs than vitreous ceramics.
- Feldspar & pegmatite
Feldspar and pegmatite are the main vitrifying or fluxing agents used during the firing process of ceramic bodies. Imerys feldspars have low levels of colored oxides making them particularly valuable for white sanitaryware production.
Used in sanitaryware, talc improves the vitrification process, allowing manufacturers to reduce firing temperatures and shorten firing cycles.
Imerys wollastonites are excellent, low loss on ignition (LOI) reinforcing and fluxing agents in sanitaryware green bodies, improving the mechanical properties and surface finish of sanitaryware. They are ideal, natural frit additives which improve the durability and surface appearance of glazes.
Raw material solutions
Our raw mineral solutions offer covers:
- Prepared bodies expertise
- Solutions for conventional and pressure casting
- Solutions for fine fireclay
Prepared ceramic bodies and glazes
Our prepared ceramic bodies offer provides:
- Lower production costs: no need to invest in a slip house, body preparation, raw material silos, quality control etc.
- Tailor-made prepared bodies designed to meet manufacturers’ individual needs
- Consistency of production
Our ready-to-use or ready-to-mill glaze solutions:
- Simplify the purchasing chain: by reducing the number of suppliers
- Simplify inventory: less stocks and storage space
- Simplify the production process: no need for complex mixing-milling preparation plants
- Guarantee quality: high consistency glazes and bespoke formulas on customer demand
We are also a leading supplier of kiln furniture solutions for the sanitaryware industry. Please consult our Kiln Furniture section.
We have major ceramics technology centers in Europe, the Americas and Asia offering a full range of technical and process support services to help you match the right solution to your application requirement.
And with Industrial facilities and blending platforms in Asia, Europe, Middle-East and the Americas, we have the resources to serve our customers anywhere in the world.