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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 deliver improved performance and greater productivity with the ultimate aim of helping our customers achieve ever higher yields and design possibilities.

Mineral range

  • Ball clay
    Our ball clay portfolio includes highly prized English references. Combined with kaolin, ball clays provide cohesion and workability in sanitaryware pieces.
  • Kaolin
    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.
  • Chamotte
    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.
  • Talc
    Used in sanitaryware, talc improves the vitrification process, allowing manufacturers to reduce firing temperatures and shorten firing cycles. 
  • Wollastonite
    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


Kiln Furniture Solutions

Imerys also offers a comprehensive set of high-performance cordierite and SiC kiln furniture solutions for the sanitaryware industry. Harnessing our wide portfolio of quality materials and state-of-the-art production technologies, our design office is able to tailor any of these solutions to your specific requirements.

Our ShrinkSan® ecofriendly kiln furniture is a new patented solution which has been designed to substitute disposable shrinking plates with a sustainable system which is reusable more than 800 times.

For more information see our Kiln Furniture section.


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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.

Please contact us, we will be only too happy to help

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