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Sanitaryware

SANITARYWARE Imerys raw mineral and prepared body solutions for sanitaryware bodies and glazes

Imerys is the world’s leading producer 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
    Imerys ball clay portfolio includes a broad range of products to meet the demanding requirement of the sanitaryware market.  Our ball clays provide the needed cohesion and workability in sanitaryware pieces while maintaining superior rheology and cast rate.
  • Kaolin
    Imerys supplies high quality kaolins for sanitaryware. Our kaolin’s controlled particle size and rheology is particularly suitable for the fast cast rates required for the manufacture of sanitaryware.
  • Chamotte
    Imerys chamottes are used to produce fine fire-clays enabling the production of large, complex pieces such as bathtubs 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
    Feldspar is the main vitrifying or fluxing agent used during the firing process of ceramic bodies.  Imerys feldspars have a beneficial blended mineralogy in a range of particle sizes making them particularly valuable for efficient sanitaryware production.
  • Wollastonite
    Imerys wollastonite is an  excellent, low loss on ignition (LOI) reinforcing and fluxing agent in sanitaryware bodies, improving the mechanical properties and surface finish of sanitaryware. It is an ideal, natural frit additive which improves the durability and surface appearance of glazes.
  • Talc
    Used in sanitaryware, talc improves the vitrification process, allowing manufacturers to reduce firing temperatures and shorten firing cycles. 

Raw material solutions

Our raw mineral solutions offer provides:

  • 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

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 the Americas, Europe, and Asia offering a full range of technical and process support services to help you match the right solution to your application requirements.

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.

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