Media – Sibelco http://www.male1102.com.cn Material Solutions | Advancing Life Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:31:19 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Sibelco and Graymont will not proceed with the previously announced Indonesian transaction http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-and-graymont-will-not-proceed-with-the-previously-announced-indonesian-transaction/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 22:59:35 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=6929 13 March 2020 Following the successful completion of the acquisition by Graymont of Sibelco’s lime and limestone businesses in Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines in 2019, Sibelco and Graymont announced today that they have jointly decided to no longer pursue the purchase and sale of Sibelco’s Indonesian business, which Sibelco will continue to operate. Tim...

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13 March 2020

Following the successful completion of the acquisition by Graymont of Sibelco’s lime and limestone businesses in Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines in 2019, Sibelco and Graymont announced today that they have jointly decided to no longer pursue the purchase and sale of Sibelco’s Indonesian business, which Sibelco will continue to operate.

Tim Weekes
Vice President, Group Communications
Tel: +32 473 984 914
tim.weekes@sibelco.com

Helen Stanley
Communications Manager (Australasia)
Tel: +61 481 497 416
helen.stanley@sibelco.com.au

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Sibelco receives Supplier Excellence Award from BASF http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-receives-supplier-excellence-award-from-basf/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 08:43:24 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=6879 Sibelco has received a prestigious industry accolade from key customer BASF, collecting a Supplier Excellence Award in the innovation category. The award was presented as recognition for Sibelco’s success in developing a tailor-made slurry for use in the manufacture of decorative paints at BASF’s S?o Bernardo do Campo plant in Brazil. Use of the new...

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Sibelco has received a prestigious industry accolade from key customer BASF, collecting a Supplier Excellence Award in the innovation category.

Sibelco receives Supplier Excellence Award from BASFThe award was presented as recognition for Sibelco’s success in developing a tailor-made slurry for use in the manufacture of decorative paints at BASF’s S?o Bernardo do Campo plant in Brazil. Use of the new Royale? ?300 slurry has helped to enhance production efficiency at the plant, as well as delivering environmental benefits.

Royale? 300 is a ready-to-use aqueous dispersion of minerals, including precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) which helps to control and enhance a paint’s opacity, durability and dial gloss. Prior to its development for BASF, the team at S?o Bernardo do Campo had been producing slurries inhouse using dry PCC. This arrangement was proving to be time-consuming and resource-intensive, and so BASF turned to Sibelco for help.

Sibelco has extensive expertise in the production of PCC slurries for coatings, with the ability to tailor solutions in line with customer requirements. In close collaboration with the client, the Sibelco team developed an optimal solution for BASF in the form of Royale? 300. The slurry is produced at Sibelco’s Pedra do Indaia facility, and to enable multiple daily just-in-time deliveries to S?o Bernardo do Campo new storage facilities have been built at Sibelco’s plant at Jarinu, S?o Paulo.

The development and integration of the Royale? 300 slurry has enabled BASF to streamline the production process, whilst the elimination of dry PCC provides environmental and health benefits by protecting air quality.

Marcelo Graziani, Sibelco Sales Manager South America said: “We are honoured to have received this Supplier Excellence Award from BASF. The development and implementation of the solution was challenging and involved dedication and teamwork across all Sibelco functions in collaboration with the BASF team. We are delighted that Royale? 300 is already delivering great results for our valued customer.”

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Sibelco acquires two glass recycling activities in the Bologna region of Italy http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-acquires-two-glass-recycling-activities-in-the-bologna-region-of-italy/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:27:53 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=6735 Antwerp, Belgium; 11 February 2020, materials group Sibelco confirmed that it has acquired two glass recycling activities, Emiliana Rottami and Emill, through bankruptcy auction in the Bologna region of Italy. Emiliana Rottami is an obsolete glass recycling plant with valid permits. Emill is a glass fines recycling plant. Both were part of the same group...

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Antwerp, Belgium; 11 February 2020, materials group Sibelco confirmed that it has acquired two glass recycling activities, Emiliana Rottami and Emill, through bankruptcy auction in the Bologna region of Italy.

Emiliana Rottami is an obsolete glass recycling plant with valid permits. Emill is a glass fines recycling plant. Both were part of the same group which went bankrupt in 2019.

These acquisitions will allow Sibelco to further grow its Italian glass recycling footprint (with Emiliana Rottami) and extend its business model concept through a zero-waste approach (with Emill). They complement Sibelco’s existing plants in Musile, near Venice, and the recently-acquired Macoglass recycling plant near Bergamo.

Sibelco will clean the waste pile at the Emiliana Rottami site and demolish the obsolete plant. Sibelco is also conducting a detailed engineering study for the development of a 250kt brownfield plant with the intention of starting construction by the third quarter of this year. It is also working on a proposal to source material from a stockpile nearby (Via Bonvino).

Pieterjan Goedertier, Vice President of Recycling at Sibelco, said: “Our customers face substantial challenges to secure secondary raw materials in the Italian market. Sibelco has addressed these needs by increasing the capacity of the Musile plant, doubling the operating hours of the Macoglass plant and now by investing in Emiliana Rottami.”

Ilse Kenis, Sibelco Executive Committee member and head of Business Group Glass & Performance Materials, said: “As a company we are committed to supporting the circular economy as it fits our purpose: material solutions, advancing life. Our investments in glass recycling in Italy and other regions continue to demonstrate our support to our glass customers in their quest to source more sustainable materials.”

Sibelco is Europe’s leading glass recycler, processing 1.5 million tonnes of waste glass every year.

 

About Sibelco

Sibelco is a global leader in material solutions and sources, transforms and distributes an extensive portfolio of specialty industrial minerals. Sibelco’s solutions support the progress of modern life and serve industries as diverse as glass, ceramics, construction, coatings, polymers, metals and water purification. In addition, Sibelco is a majority shareholder in Covia, a leading NYSE-listed provider of minerals and material solutions for the industrial and energy markets in North America. The Sibelco Group operates 161 production sites in 31 countries, with a team of some 8,500 people.

For further information, contact:

Tim Weekes

Vice President, Group communications

Tel: +32 473 984914

tim.weekes@sibelco.com

Press releases in Italian and French:

Comunicato stampa: Sibelco acquisisce due aziende di riciclo del vetro in Emilia-Romagna (pdf 596KB)

Communiqué de presse: Sibelco acquiert deux activités de recyclage de verre dans la région de Bologne en Italie (pdf 596KB)

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How can minerals and other materials solutions support a more sustainable glass industry? http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/glasssolution_whitepaper/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:21:02 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=6392 The glass industry has made good progress in reducing its environmental footprint over the years through improved energy efficiency, waste reduction, increased recycling and new product development. But the high-temperature, energy-intensive nature of glassmaking, combined with growing demand for high-quality raw materials, means that manufacturers still face big challenges if the industry is to maintain...

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The glass industry has made good progress in reducing its environmental footprint over the years through improved energy efficiency, waste reduction, increased recycling and new product development. But the high-temperature, energy-intensive nature of glassmaking, combined with growing demand for high-quality raw materials, means that manufacturers still face big challenges if the industry is to maintain a competitive edge in a low-carbon economy. As one of the world’s leading providers of minerals and cullet for the glass industry, Sibelco has been looking at new material solutions to help customers achieve more sustainable manufacturing processes.

Ensuring access to responsibly -mined materials

At Sibelco, we are committed to the responsible management of all of our mineral deposits, ensuring a sustainable supply of high-quality materials for our customers based on long-term resource management. Thanks to this commitment to sustainable mineral extraction, Sibelco has permitted access to some 20 years of high-quality silica sand reserves globally, together with long-term supplies of other glass minerals including dolomite, nepheline and feldspar. Our aim is to continuously maintain this level of reserves, creating certainty for our customers and their future strategies.

Optimisation of materials

The materials used in a glass batch can reduce or increase melting temperatures, as well as affecting reject levels and end-glass quality. Optimisation of these materials requires in-depth understanding and expertise. At Sibelco, we have established a Centre of Excellence for Glass with a dedicated team of glass industry experts, scientists and lab technicians. In collaboration with external partners, we have been conducting extensive research and development focused on existing and new materials to create new solutions and optimise our customers’ results.

Recycled materials

Sibelco is at the forefront of glass recycling in Europe, each year sourcing and transforming over 1 million tonnes of glass waste into high-quality cullet.??Beyond cullet, Sibelco is exploring further possibilities for secondary raw materials, such as slags, ashes and other by-products. Secondary materials will only be feasible for use in glass manufacturing if they meet strict criteria for consistency, quality and availability.

Read more in our white paper:?Sustainable-Glass-Industry

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Sibelco reaches agreement to sell its Australian magnesia operations http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-agrees-to-sell-australian-magnesia/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 05:59:28 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=6365 14 January 2020. Sibelco announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Australian magnesia operations (QMAG Limited) to the German-based Refratechnik Group. The operations, which are centred on a mine and processing plant close to Rockhampton in Australia, currently employ close to 150 people.?The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and...

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14 January 2020. Sibelco announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Australian magnesia operations (QMAG Limited) to the German-based Refratechnik Group. The operations, which are centred on a mine and processing plant close to Rockhampton in Australia, currently employ close to 150 people.?The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

Commenting on the agreement, Sibelco CEO Jean-Luc Deleersnyder said: “We believe that QMAG will further improve its position as a global supplier of high-quality magnesia products by becoming part of an industrial group that specialises in both, refractory materials and industrial minerals. The transaction marks another step in the re-focusing of Sibelco’s portfolio on those activities where we can attain leadership positions and offer cutting-edge solutions to our customers.”?

Dr. Rainer Gaebel, Managing Director of Refratechnik Holding added: “We are delighted with this transaction. QMAG will complement the two other world-class magnesia operations in our Group – Canadian producer, Baymag, and recent start-up Haicheng Guozheng Mining, in China. With a like-minded focus on performance excellence, Refratechnik looks forward to utilizing the added joint strengths, business synergies, and increased product portfolio to ultimately deliver greater value to our customers.”

About Refratechnik
The Refratechnik Group is comprised of a global network of companies active in the refractory and industrial mineral business. Operating for 70 years, the largest family-owned refractory company in the world now spans more than 27 global locations and employs more than 1,700 people. With its headquarters in Munich, the companies within the Group offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and expert services to global high-temperature industrial processes, including the cement, lime, iron and steel, non-ferrous and ceramics industries.

About Sibelco
Sibelco is a global leader in material solutions and sources, transforms and distributes an extensive portfolio of specialty industrial minerals.?Sibelco’s solutions support the progress of modern life and serve industries as diverse as glass, ceramics, construction, coatings, polymers, metals, agriculture and water purification.

Tim Weekes
Vice President, Group Communications
Tel: +32 473 984914
tim.weekes@sibelco.com

Helen Stanley (Australasia)
Communications Manager
Tel: +61 2 9458 2979
helen.stanley@sibelco.com.au

 

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Sibelco signs historic rehabilitation agreement for North Stradbroke Island http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-signs-agreement-for-north-stradbroke/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 05:14:03 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=6148 On 12 December, Sibelco joined representatives from the Indigenous community and the Queensland State Government at a historic event for mining in Australia. Held on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), the event was attended by Queensland State Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, as well as Indigenous Traditional Owners and Elders. Over eight years...

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Sibelco Executive, Tom Cutbush, with QYAC CEO, Cameron Costello (L to R)

On 12 December, Sibelco joined representatives from the Indigenous community and the Queensland State Government at a historic event for mining in Australia. Held on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), the event was attended by Queensland State Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, as well as Indigenous Traditional Owners and Elders.

Over eight years since the 2011 native title determination, the Queensland Government returned 6483 hectares of land on Minjerribah – almost 24 per cent of the island – to Traditional Owners the Quandamooka people. An area mainly made up of current and expired mining leases.

At the event, Tom Cutbush, from Sibelco’s Executive Committee, signed an agreement, committing to working collaboratively with the Indigenous community to restore the environment post-mining on Minjerribah, which is legislated to end on 31 December 2019.

Tom Cutbush said: “Sand mining has been a part of the Minjerribah community for decades. As the final operators of a mine, Sibelco is now looking forwards to successfully meeting our obligations for rehabilitation of land disturbed by mining.”

With over nine thousand hectares of rehabilitation and surrender to complete, the plan will be carried out progressively over several years; meaning Sibelco will continue to invest in the local economy and community for? years to come.

Representing the Indigenous community at the event and signing the agreement with Tom Cutbush, was Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), CEO, Cameron Costello.

Indigenous Dancers welcome guests

“We look forward to working closely with the Queensland Government and Sibelco over the next decade to restore the natural beauty of Minjerribah and to reinstate the Quandamooka peoples’ relationship to Country,” Mr Costello said.

In his speech at the event, Tom Cutbush said, “Sibelco recognises the Quandamooka people’s leadership role in caring for Country and is committed to working with QYAC and the Queensland Government as we undertake rehabilitation for the areas that have been disturbed.”

As part of the plan, QYAC and Sibelco have prepared a practical and achievable transition schedule that prioritises land that already meets required rehabilitation standards and is ready for transition. Positive progress has already been made, with over 2,200 hectares of mining lease surrendered and transitioned thanks to the collaboration between the parties.

For the official press release linked to the event click here: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/12/12/quandamooka-celebrate-as-deeds-return-part-of-minjerribah-to-traditional-owners?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news

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Case Study: Helping Fortum to provide green heat and energy for Oslo http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/helping-fortum-to-provide-green-heat-and-energy-for-oslo/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 10:15:12 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=5893   When leading clean-energy specialists, Fortum, faced agglomeration problems with a biomass boiler at one of its Norwegian CHP plants, Sibelco’s Greenflow? provided the optimal solution. Fortum is the largest power generator in the Nordic countries and a leading heat producer globally. The company operates 11 plants in Oslo, serving up to 160,000 of the...

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When leading clean-energy specialists, Fortum, faced agglomeration problems with a biomass boiler at one of its Norwegian CHP plants, Sibelco’s Greenflow? provided the optimal solution.

Fortum is the largest power generator in the Nordic countries and a leading heat producer globally. The company operates 11 plants in Oslo, serving up to 160,000 of the city’s homes. A biomass CFB* boiler at one of the Oslo CHP** plants was suffering from?the effects of agglomeration, leading to lower output and frequent shutdowns.

Agglomeration is a common problem in CFB boilers, caused when a build-up of alkaline ash reacts with the boiler bed material, which in this case was silica sand. To solve the issue, the Fortum team were simply adding more bed material. Whilst this had a positive impact on the boiler’s output, it meant that the plant had to be stopped every 2 months for cleaning. Coupled with the need for frequent deliveries and storage of silica sand, it was proving to be a very costly solution.

When Fortum decided to switch fuel and repurpose the boiler, Greenflow? olivine has proven to be the best alternative bed material. As a magnesium iron silicate, Greenflow? has a much higher resistance to alkaline fuel sources than silica sand, therefore limiting the impact of reaction problems such as agglomeration, fouling and corrosion. Importantly, we were able to provide a customised grain size which eliminated the need for a costly reconfiguration of the boiler to accommodate a new type of bed material.

As well as reducing agglomeration, Greenflow? is now outperforming the plant’s previous silica sand bed in terms of combustion efficiency thanks to its higher heat capacity. This means that less volume of bed material is needed, whilst also providing transport, storage and environmental savings. The use of Greenflow? has therefore enhanced overall process efficiency.

We are proud of our association with Fortum which stretches back over 30 years, and excited that our material solutions are supporting a business that is driving the change to a cleaner world.

Case study PDF:

Helping Fortum to Provide Green Heat and Energy for Oslo

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Case Study: Helping the Netherlands’ forests to thrive http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/soilfeed-silva-helps-the-netherlands-forests-to-thrive/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 12:53:31 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=5481 When a project to protect green spaces across the Netherlands highlighted problems with forest soils, Bosgroepen turned to Sibelco’s Soilfeed Silva for help. Soil is a vital element of any natural ecosystem, helping to regulate important processes such as nutrient uptake, decomposition and water availability. But forest and heathland soils are particularly susceptible to the...

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When a project to protect green spaces across the Netherlands highlighted problems with forest soils, Bosgroepen turned to Sibelco’s Soilfeed Silva for help.

Soil is a vital element of any natural ecosystem, helping to regulate important processes such as nutrient uptake, decomposition and water availability. But forest and heathland soils are particularly susceptible to the effects of acid rain caused by atmospheric pollution, and many of these habitats are found on naturally-acidic sandy soils. If a soil is too acidic it becomes deficient in essential macronutrients, leaving trees and plants less healthy and more vulnerable to disease. Also, higher levels of acidity cause aluminium and heavy metals present in the soil to become more mobile, significantly increasing their toxic impact on plant roots and microflora. All of this substantially reduces flora, a problem faced by many forests in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Forest conservation specialists, Bosgroepen, led a number of government-funded projects to protect the Netherlands’ forests by improving soil quality. Previously, calcium carbonate had been used to replenish the soil, however this caused a rapid and strong increase in pH levels with a detrimental impact on the forest’s delicate ecosystem. Additionally, the benefits of calcium carbonate are short-lived, which means that frequent applications are necessary. A new solution was needed.

Field trials conducted by Bosgroepen, together with leading experts in geochemistry and mineralogy, compared the performance of various soil improvement products. Soilfeed Silva delievered the best results, steadily increasing pH levels to reduce acidity whilst adding new mineral nutrients, similar in composition to the depleted minerals. And unlike calcium carbonate, the effects of Soilfeed Silva are predicted to last for many years.

With Soilfeed Silva selected as the best solution,? our customer service and logistics team set to work, coordinating on-time delivery from our operation in Norway to the project’s sites in the Netherlands via a local warehouse in Terneuzen where the product was stored. As a natural, safe to use product, Soilfeed Silva was spread quickly, accurately and efficiently onto the forest floor via helicopter.

The first results showed an increase in soil pH, soil buffering and root growth within the treated areas. It is expected that the positive impact on flora and flora will soon follow, demonstrating the positive role of Soilfeed Silva in protecting our planet’s precious forests.

About Soilfeed Silva

Soilfeed Silva is a slow-release treatment made from processed volcanic rock, formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava. Scientific studies show that volcanic ash has created the world’s most fertile soils. Generated during the mining of nepheline syenite rock at Sibelco’s operations in Norway, Soilfeed Silva is 100% natural with no chemical additives – it is created by nature and returned to nature in a ‘cradle to cradle’ cycle. As a naturally-occurring mineral, Soilfeed Silva has a low carbon footprint. Its slow-release properties and long-lasting effects means that less material is required, providing both cost savings and environmental benefits.

Soilfeed Silva Brochure:

Soilfeed Silva: the Natural Solution for Healthier Forests

Case study PDF:

Helping the Netherlands’ Forests to Thrive

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Responsible Sand Production http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/responsible-sand-production/ Fri, 23 Aug 2019 01:21:17 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4955 Sibelco is committed to the responsible management of industrial sand deposits to ensure a sustainable supply of materials for its customers, based on long-term resource management as well as through recycling and materials innovation.? What is Industrial Sand? There is a marked difference between industrial crystalline silica and the sand typically associated with illicit sand...

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Sibelco is committed to the responsible management of industrial sand deposits to ensure a sustainable supply of materials for its customers, based on long-term resource management as well as through recycling and materials innovation.?

What is Industrial Sand?

There is a marked difference between industrial crystalline silica and the sand typically associated with illicit sand trafficking and sand shortages. The latter is typically ‘young’ sand taken from beaches and river banks and used as a low-quality ingredient in aggregates for locally-consumed construction materials. Industrial silica sand (or quartz sand, as quartz is the predominant mineral) is plentiful on a global scale. However, its extraction depends on its quality – and therefore suitability for industrial applications – as well as its proximity to an industrial customer base and – most importantly – the ability to secure access rights to extract the minerals.

Sand Scacity

Supply and Demand – The Market for Industrial Sand

The world’s demand for sand and gravel is estimated to be between 30 and 50 billion tonnes a year. Of this amount, industrial silica sand only accounts for about 300 million tonnes a year (about 1 percent or less). Industrial sand production tends to be very much in line with industrial demand which comes chiefly from five sectors – glass (34%), foundry (22%), oil & gas (20%), high end building materials and ceramics (7%) and chemicals (6%). Source: Freedonia World Industrial Silica Sand Report 2016

Sustainable Mineral Management

Accessing silica sand in a responsible way involves three main steps – preparation, operation and rehabilitation. Each phase includes the involvement of many people and significant resources. This approach is also used for all other Sibelco minerals such as clays, kaolin etc. The preparation phase – which lasts up to ten years – involves resource identified by Sibelco’s team of geologists, obtaining the right to access the mineral, land-use and environmental planning and finally the submission of an operating permit request to the authorities.

Material Innovation and Recycling

Sibelco anticipates global trends and customer demand to relieve pressure on primary natural resources. This includes the development of recycling services, for example the recycling of glass or fibre glass, as well as entering into partnerships for the development of less resource-intense materials such as low-density aggregates.

Read more in our brochure:?

Sibelco and responsible sand production (pdf 1.6 MB)

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Successful closing on sale of Lime and Limestone assets http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/successful-closing-on-sale-of-lime-and-limestone-assets/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 22:00:08 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=5270 Antwerp, Belgium; Richmond, BC, Canada; Santa Fe, Mexico; August 1, 2019, industrial specialty minerals group Sibelco announced today that they are moving forward with the previously announced sale of their global lime and limestone business to Graymont and Grupo Calidra. In accordance with the terms of the purchase agreement, Graymont will acquire five Sibelco lime...

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Antwerp, Belgium; Richmond, BC, Canada; Santa Fe, Mexico; August 1, 2019, industrial specialty minerals group Sibelco announced today that they are moving forward with the previously announced sale of their global lime and limestone business to Graymont and Grupo Calidra.

In accordance with the terms of the purchase agreement, Graymont will acquire five Sibelco lime plants and a number of limestone quarries on the east coast of Australia, as well as lime plants in Malaysia and the Philippines. Grupo Calidra will acquire Sibelco’s lime operations in Argentina and Chile.? The process to complete the acquisition by Graymont of Sibelco’s Indonesian lime operations is continuing and the parties hope to obtain the required regulatory approvals in Indonesia later in 2019.

Commenting on the transaction, Jean-Luc Deleersnyder, Chief Executive Officer of Sibelco, said: “We are pleased to reach this point in the sale of Sibelco’s Lime and Limestone operations. With the majority of the sale concluding, Sibelco is in a strong position to leverage its strengths and pursue future growth opportunities. We are confident that our people are joining strong businesses which share our values with respect to the safety and well-being of employees, as well as business and environmental sustainability.? The fact that lime and limestone is the core business of both Graymont and Grupo Calidra will, we believe, ensure the needs of our lime and limestone customers will continue to be met in the long term.”

“With this transaction, Graymont is well positioned to further expand its reach in Asia-Pacific,” stated President and Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Godin.? “We are delighted to welcome aboard our new team members as, together, we will pursue Graymont’s world class vision and meet the needs of existing and new customers in some of the world’s most-dynamic and fast-growing markets.”

Mr. Godin noted that “wherever Graymont operates, we aim to be the preferred supplier, employer, and partner of choice – and Asia-Pacific is certainly no exception in that respect.”

Jorge Bautista, Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Calidra, said the quality assets being acquired in Argentina and Chile are an excellent fit with the group’s existing network of operations, “reinforcing Grupo Calidra’s position as the lime industry supplier of choice in Latin America and underscoring the mutually beneficial nature of our strategic partnership with Graymont.”

Mr. Godin and Mr. Bautista both cited the underlying values shared by all three organizations – including strong commitments to workplace safety and sustainability and an intense customer focus – as crucial elements that will help ensure a smooth transition from Sibelco to the new ownership.

 

About Sibelco
Sibelco is a global leader in material solutions and sources, transforms and distributes an extensive portfolio of specialty industrial minerals.?Sibelco’s solutions support the progress of modern life and serve industries as diverse as glass, ceramics, construction, coatings, polymers, metals, agriculture and water purification. In addition, Sibelco is a majority shareholder in Covia, a leading NYSE-listed provider of minerals and material solutions for the industrial and energy markets in North America. The Sibelco Group operates over 195 production sites in 34 countries, with a team of?some 10,000 people.

About Graymont
Graymont is a global leader in lime and limestone solutions. Headquartered in Canada, Graymont serves markets throughout North America and Asia-Pacific. Graymont also has a significant investment in Grupo Calidra. Professionally managed and family owned, the company has been in operation for over 70 years.

About Grupo Calidra
Grupo Calidra is the largest lime producer in Mexico, with?multiple production sites throughout Latin America. The company is privately held and has more than 90 years of continuous experience in the lime and limestone industries.

 

For further information, contact:

Sibelco:

Tim Weekes
Vice President, Group Communications
Tel: +32 473 984914
tim.weekes@sibelco.com

Helen Stanley (Australasia)
Communications Manager
Tel: +61 2 9458 2979
helen.stanley@sibelco.com.au

Graymont / Grupo Calidra:

Mathieu Bouchard
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Environment and Sustainability
+1 450 645-2452

 

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Sibelco acquires Macoglass S.r.l http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-acquires-macoglass/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 12:45:31 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=5237 Antwerp, Belgium; 11 July 2019, industrial specialty minerals group Sibelco confirmed that it has officially acquired Macoglass S.r.l, a glass recycler located close to Milan, Italy. The Macoglass plants cover an area of over 50,000 m2, with well-advanced technologies for the authorised processing of 210,000 tons per year of various kinds of glass cullet intended...

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Antwerp, Belgium; 11 July 2019, industrial specialty minerals group Sibelco confirmed that it has officially acquired Macoglass S.r.l, a glass recycler located close to Milan, Italy.

The Macoglass plants cover an area of over 50,000 m2, with well-advanced technologies for the authorised processing of 210,000 tons per year of various kinds of glass cullet intended for recycling by the glass industry, thereby saving on raw materials and energy.

Eugenio Coti Zelati, owner of Macoglass, said: “The family is very happy to see the business we have built over 3 generations handed over to Sibelco. We are confident Sibelco is the right future owner to further grow and foster the business.”

The acquisition of Macoglass S.r.l will complement Sibelco’s existing presence in the Venice area, enhancing its position in the recycling sector, while improving its ability to partner with local customers to support future growth.

Pieterjan Goedertier, Vice President of Recycling at Sibelco, said: “Our customers face substantial challenges to secure secondary raw materials in the Italian market. The acquisition of Macoglass will allow us to address these challenges and to become a partner in our customers’ growth journey.”

Ilse Kenis, Executive Vice-President of Water and Environmental Solutions at Sibelco, said: “The acquisition of Macoglass supports Sibelco’s ambitious growth strategy and fits our purpose of ‘Material solutions advancing life’. Together with Macoglass, we look forward to pursuing further growth in recycling and we welcome the Macoglass team to the Sibelco family.”

Sibelco’s Water & Environmental Solutions Business Unit is structured around two Business Lines – Recycling and, Filtration & Performance Reactants – and is focused on solutions to meet the growing global challenges posed by water scarcity and the need to do more with fewer natural resources.

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About Sibelco

Sibelco is a global leader in material solutions and sources, transforms and distributes an extensive portfolio of specialty industrial minerals. Sibelco’s solutions support the progress of modern life and serve industries as diverse as glass, ceramics, construction, coatings, polymers, metals, agriculture and water purification. In addition, Sibelco is a majority shareholder in Covia, a leading NYSE-listed provider of minerals and material solutions for the industrial and energy markets in North America. The Sibelco Group operates 195 production sites in 34 countries, with a team of some 10,000 people.

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Removing medicines from wastewater http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/wastewater-medicine-pollution-solution/ Mon, 08 Apr 2019 08:00:31 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=5024 The pollution of water due to medicine is a growing problem and has become a priority issue amongst legislators and, consequently, for water companies and authorities. Many medicines end up in wastewater because the human body releases medicine that has not been taken up by the body. Sibelco, as part of a project subsidized by...

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The pollution of water due to medicine is a growing problem and has become a priority issue amongst legislators and, consequently, for water companies and authorities. Many medicines end up in wastewater because the human body releases medicine that has not been taken up by the body.

Sibelco, as part of a project subsidized by the Dutch Government*, played a significant role in developing a solution to remove pharmaceuticals from wastewater, thereby providing safer drinking water and reducing the impact on the environment.

WastewaterAs the purification process at sewage or communal wastewater treatment plants was not originally designed for the removal of such substances, only a maximum of 70 per cent of the medicines can be removed in a standard treatment process (STP). The remaining 30 per cent is discharged into surface water, which can have negative consequences for the environment as it interacts with other organisms. It is also critical that these substances are removed if the surface water is to be used as drinking water.

Sibelco joined a consortium** to develop and trial a material called CatchAmed – an adsorbent which is added at the source where the human body excretes the unused medicine (that is, the toilet) and binds them together in water. The loaded adsorbent then ends up in the waste water at a standard treatment plant, where it can easily be removed because of the big difference in weight.

Two pilot studies were conducted; one at the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht where CatchAmed was used on waste water samples taken from toilets, kitchens and showers in the building, and a second in an office building of the Water Board. Both pilots confirmed that CatchAmed can function well in a complex matrix, such as hospital waste water.

Now that the concept has been proven, Sibelco has applied for a patent and will then enter the next stage of translating this concept into a product that can be brought to the water treatment plant.

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Read a detailed article on this project on H2O online (in Dutch only).

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*This project was partly realised with a subsidy from the Top Consortia for Knowledge and Innovation (TKIs) program of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.

**In addition to Sibelco, the consortium of parties involved in this project are the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Limburg Water Authority Company (WBL), Limburg Water Authority (WL), Water Authority Hoogheemraadschad De Stichtse Rijnlanden (HDSR) and the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht.

 

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Sibelco sand provides winning start http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sand-provides-winning-start/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 04:12:34 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=5008 What do the ‘Spurs’ English Premier League Football Team and Sibelco have in common???A world class stadium.?Sibelco supplied 3,000 tons of sand and 1,800 tons of root zone to the new £1bn Tottenham Spurs’ Stadium in London – the new home of the ‘Spurs’ football team who celebrated the stadium’s official opening with a 2...

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What do the ‘Spurs’ English Premier League Football Team and Sibelco have in common???A world class stadium.?Sibelco supplied 3,000 tons of sand and 1,800 tons of root zone to the new £1bn Tottenham Spurs’ Stadium in London – the new home of the ‘Spurs’ football team who celebrated the stadium’s official opening with a 2 – 0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Sibelco SandSibelco quarries in the United Kingdom supply sand for 80 percent of all stadiums and training pitches in the British Premier League. In addition to the 62,000 seated stadium, in 2018 alone, Sibelco supplied more than 25,000 tons of sand to football training facilities so top teams can optimally prepare on high-quality surfaces, similar to those they compete on.

The sand used in these projects is typically coarser than sands used for other sports applications like equestrianism or golf bunkers because it needs to have enough space between the grains to allow the grass to grow and for the pitch to drain well.

6,000 tons of sand and 3,000 tons of root zone was provided to the Spurs’ new training fields. The ‘root zone mix’, refers to the top layer in which the roots grow; a combination of sand and soil with a part of compost or zeolite. Sibelco uses computer models to make simulations of the ideal composition of the sand, as the correct composition determines the drainage and therefore the quality of the field.

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  • The pitch dimensions are 105m x 68m, which is bigger than White Hart Lane (the former stadium of Tottenham Hotspurs), which was 100m x 67m. The new stadium pitch has exactly the same measurements as Wembley Stadium.
  • The grass pitch sits in three pitch-long steel sections, weighing more than 3,000 tons each, which are driven by 68 electric motors and rolls along rails using 168 wheels.
  • It takes around 25 minutes to change surfaces between the football and NFL pitch beneath and the hydraulic sides lift up to bring the touchlines to same level as the pitch.
  • The grass pitch retracts into a storage garage in the south stand when other events are played on the artificial surface underneath and it can stay in there for up to ten days thanks to LED lighting, cooling and irrigation systems.

View a time-lapse of the construction of the Spurs’ new stadium:? https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/the-stadium/

Sibelco provides a range of high-quality sands for various applications, from sporting grounds to glassware. You can find out more about Sibelco’s products and applications for the sports and leisure market?here.

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Solutions to Maximise Wastewater Filtering http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/wastewater-filtering/ Wed, 03 Apr 2019 05:36:02 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4983 Case Study: Sibelco’s range of calibrated sands helps wastewater treatment producers, such as Paques, to get maximum filtration performance. Silica sand plays a vital role in wastewater filtration, capturing suspended solids whilst helping to remove harmful contaminants. In order to maximise the efficiency of the filtering process, it is important to select the right type...

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Case Study: Sibelco’s range of calibrated sands helps wastewater treatment producers, such as Paques, to get maximum filtration performance.

Silica sand plays a vital role in wastewater filtration, capturing suspended solids whilst helping to remove harmful contaminants. In order to maximise the efficiency of the filtering process, it is important to select the right type of sands. Factors such as grain size, sphericity, uniformity coefficient and silica content all have a big impact on how well a sand performs as a filtration media.

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Sibelco offers a full portfolio of high-performance filtration sands, gravels and other media.? After careful selection and extraction, all sands are washed, dried and sieved within rigorous quality control parameters. This ensures high quality products that deliver maximum performance over a long period of time. Sibelco’s worldwide reputation for quality and reliability is just one of the reasons why leading water and wastewater treatment experts choose Sibelco sands.

Wastewater treatment leader, Paques, applies Sibelco’s sands for its ASTRASAND? continuous filtration systems at Leiden Noord wastewater treatment plant in the Netherlands. The plant, which treats approximately 26 million litres of wastewater per day, is harnessing the power of Paques’ ASTRASAND? systems to remove nitrogen and phosphorous, thereby further enhancing effluent quality in line with increasingly stringent environmental standards.

Sibelco’s sands are perfectly suited to continuous filtration systems like ASTRASAND?. Continuous filtration equipment demands accurately-processed filter sands. The specific shape of the sand facilitates the constant moving of the sands and hence the uninterrupted filtration and cleaning process. At the same time, the precise grading reduces the filter bed resistance.

Founded back in 1872, Sibelco is one of the world’s leading providers of industrial minerals and other materials with over 200 production sites across 43 countries. In Europe, Sibelco has five plants specialised in the production of calibrated, filtration-grade materials. Each plant is certified to MEN-EN-ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards, whilst all products comply with EN 12904:2005 and are KIWA and ACS certified in the Netherlands and France, respectively.

More recently, Sibelco sharpened its focus on the water treatment market through the formation of a dedicated Water & Environmental Solutions Business Unit. While working on expanding its portfolio of filtration solutions, Sibelco’s team of experts helps customers to identify the right materials tailored to their process, helping to maximise efficiency and achieve better results.

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Supporting Next Generation Education http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/next-generation-education/ Tue, 02 Apr 2019 04:45:00 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4998 Now in its third year, Sibelco’s Young Apprentice youth education program is helping to build a brighter future for young people in Jarinu, Brazil. ?? Like all towns and cities, Jarinu faces a range of social and economic issues.? One of its key challenges is a shortage of qualified, technically-skilled workers.? To address the situation,...

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Now in its third year, Sibelco’s Young Apprentice youth education program is helping to build a brighter future for young people in Jarinu, Brazil. ??

Youth EducationLike all towns and cities, Jarinu faces a range of social and economic issues.? One of its key challenges is a shortage of qualified, technically-skilled workers.? To address the situation, Jarinu is working to raise the aspirations of its youth population and equip young people with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace.

The commissioning of Sibelco’s new plant in Jarinu in 2015 provided us with the opportunity to make a positive difference to the local community through the introduction of our Young Apprentice youth education program.? Run by volunteers from Sibelco’s Jarinu team in association with several local education partners, the program is helping students from three local high schools to develop new professional and personal skills through a series of business-related modules.

Students participate in forty hours of learning, combining lectures, group workshops and visits to Sibelco’s Jarinu plant.? The syllabus covers most aspects of modern business, from engineering, logistics and IT through to sustainability, human resources and finance.? In addition to plant visits, students benefit from access to Sibelco’s auditorium and meeting facilities, as well as course support materials.

The program is designed to identify participants’ skills and competencies at a young age, helping to raise self-esteem and increase motivation to pursue future employment opportunities.? So far 140 young people have participated in the program with an average of 47 out of 50 students receiving full certification each year.

The success of the Young Apprentice Program epitomises Sibelco’s commitment to our local communities.? By raising aspirations and widening opportunities for the next generation, we are helping to build a brighter future for Jarinu.

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Natural Solution for Forest Health http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/soilfeed-naturalsolutionforesthealth/ Thu, 21 Mar 2019 04:41:11 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4909 Sibelco’s innovative new Soilfeed range of material solutions help to naturally restore forest soils to full health, playing a key role in protecting the biodiversity of one of the world’s most precious habitats. ? Soil is a vital element of the forest ecosystem, helping to regulate important processes such as nutrient uptake, decomposition and water...

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Sibelco’s innovative new Soilfeed range of material solutions help to naturally restore forest soils to full health, playing a key role in protecting the biodiversity of one of the world’s most precious habitats. ?

SoilfeedSoil is a vital element of the forest ecosystem, helping to regulate important processes such as nutrient uptake, decomposition and water availability.

But forest soils are particularly susceptible to the effects of acid rain caused by atmospheric pollution, whilst some sandy woodland soils are naturally acidic. The soils of conifer forests can also be prone to acidity as conifer trees tend to absorb more airborne nitrogen and sulphur. If a soil is too acidic it becomes deficient in essential macronutrients, leaving trees and plants less healthy and more vulnerable to disease.

Sibelco’s innovative new Soilfeed range of material solutions are slow-release treatments, providing a range of long-lasting benefits with just one application. Soilfeed helps to naturally restore damaged soils, steadily increasing pH levels to reduce acidity whilst adding new mineral nutrients. Soilfeed is a processed volcanic rock, formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava. Scientific studies show that volcanic ash has created the world’s most fertile soils.

Generated during the mining of nepheline syenite rock at Sibelco’s operations in Norway, Soilfeed is 100% natural with no chemical additives – it is created by nature and returned to nature in a ‘cradle to cradle’ cycle.? Compared with other soil improvement products, Soilfeed has a relatively low carbon footprint and has none of the adverse side-effects associated with chemical-based soil fertilisers.

By returning soil to full health naturally, Soilfeed helps to protect both flora and fauna and support the biodiversity of our planet’s precious forests.

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Lifesaving Solutions – ATH flame retardants slow fire burn rate http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/ath-lifesaving-solutions/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 01:06:48 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4877 Our Portaflame™ and Securoc™ range of ATH flame retardants slow down the rate at which fire burns and reduce smoke toxicity, dramatically increasing the chances of escape from a burning building. Modern synthetic materials mean that house fires spread very quickly. Thirty years ago, you had around 17 minutes to escape a house fire, but...

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Our Portaflame? and Securoc? range of ATH flame retardants slow down the rate at which fire burns and reduce smoke toxicity, dramatically increasing the chances of escape from a burning building.

ATH_FireSafetyModern synthetic materials mean that house fires spread very quickly. Thirty years ago, you had around 17 minutes to escape a house fire, but today it is less than 5 minutes before flashover conditions take hold and a room becomes engulfed in flames. As the pace of urbanisation increases and more people are exposed to combustible materials, we need innovative new solutions to make buildings and transport safer.

When added to materials such as plastics, fabrics or electrical wiring, our Portaflame? and Securoc? flame retardants significantly slow down the rate at which a fire propagates, extending escape time from 5 minutes to up to 15 minutes.

Sibelco’s Flame retardant solutions are based on alumina trihydrate (ATH), hyrdromagnesite / huntite and colemanite. There materials efficiently release water molecules in an endothermic reaction. This not only slows down the spread of fire but also suppresses smoke, the inhalation of which is the primary killer in house fires. All of our flame retardant solutions are halogen-free, addressing growing health and environmental concerns associated with halogenated flame retardants.

We are working with our customers to continuously enhance our range of flame retardants, developing material solutions that create safer environments for everyone.

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IWD 2019: Q&A with Maria José Lozano http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/iwd-2019-qa-with-maria-jose-lozano/ Thu, 07 Mar 2019 07:26:08 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4834 On March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD), we asked María José Lozano, Safety & Health Officer based in Spain, to provide her inspirations for pursuing a career in Operations and her advice for women who aspire to do the same. When did you first join Sibelco and what has been your career path with the...

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On March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD), we asked María José Lozano, Safety & Health Officer based in Spain, to provide her inspirations for pursuing a career in Operations and her advice for women who aspire to do the same.

#BalanceforbetterWhen did you first join Sibelco and what has been your career path with the company?
I joined Sibelco almost two years ago, in May 2017. I started working as a shop floor operator and, after several months, I was offered the opportunity to work as the Local Change Agent at our Arcos site to help in the implementation of the Bright Site Program – Sibelco’s global program to achieve operational excellence. This involved collaborating with other departments such as Production and Safety & Health. Recently, I assumed the role of Safety & Health Officer for Arcos and Dúrcal.

What inspired you to pursue a career in Operations?
Since I was young, I have always been interested in technical careers such as engineering or construction. I decided to study Industrial Organisation and Business Management, where I learnt the concepts and values of lean and continuous improvement, which are being implemented at Sibelco thanks to our Bright Site Program. What I’m passionate about working in operations is dealing with people, creating good relationships and driving change commitment through motivation and communication.

What motivates you to come to work every day?
There are many things that motivate me to come to work every day, but in general it is the satisfaction of knowing that I am contributing, together with the team, to achieve our shared objectives. We’re proud to work together to ensure we communicate better every day, work more safely and develop a problem solving culture that helps us improve in all aspects of the organisation and achieve our goals.

One of Sibelco’s key focus areas is to create a diverse and inclusive organisation.?In your opinion, what value does diversity bring to our business?
In my opinion, when companies recruit and retain a diverse set of people, it leads to many profitable benefits. Diversity brings together a mix of talents, all of them working towards a common goal, using different sets of skills gained from previous experiences, which improves productivity. Another benefit of diversity in the workplace is the increase in creativity which gives us a greater number of ways to solve specific problems.

What advice do you have for women who would like to pursue a career in Operations?
I think the most important thing is the desire to work, passion and to maintain a proactive attitude in an environment which is generally dominated by men. Listen actively to continue learning and lean on colleagues when needed. Keep in mind that good communication and interpersonal skills are a must. Working in operations is motivating because every day you can get involved in diverse and interesting projects, which means you need to have an open mind and a passion for problem solving.

What are your favourite hobbies / what are you passionate about?
I really enjoy reading and listening to music in my spare time. Cooking and trying new recipes is something that I also like to do. But one thing that I am passionate about and would like to take up again are dance classes, both regional and Latin dances, as it’s a fun way to exercise and meet new people

Anything else you’d like to add?
I would only like to thank my colleagues at Sibelco for the opportunity and support they have given me. I’ve only been with the company for a short time, but the journey has been very rewarding. Having started as an Operator, it allowed me to see things from another point of view and has strengthened my relationships with my colleagues. I think that this experience, and having the fortune to work on other sites with different people, have been enriching both personally and professionally.

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Case Study: Pure Energy http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/pureenergycasestudy/ Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:42:48 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4820 As the world’s population grows and living standards rise, renewable technologies are increasingly supporting our dependence on reliable sources of energy.? Solar PV (photovoltaic) is expanding faster than any other renewable energy technology with capacity nearly quadrupling in the past five years. Within a solar PV unit, IOTA? ?HPQ is used in the production of...

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As the world’s population grows and living standards rise, renewable technologies are increasingly supporting our dependence on reliable sources of energy.? Solar PV (photovoltaic) is expanding faster than any other renewable energy technology with capacity nearly quadrupling in the past five years.

High purity quartz is playing a key role in solar energy

Within a solar PV unit, IOTA? ?HPQ is used in the production of silicon wafers, which serve as the basis for the solar cell, the intricate electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the?photovoltaic?effect.? IOTA? ?is used in approximately 35% of all solar panels produced worldwide and is valued for its ability to meet the rigorous quality standards and technical specifications that ensure maximum performance.

It is not only IOTA? ?HPQ that is helping to power our growth in solar energy.? You will also find our low-iron sands and dolomite in the glass cover of a solar PV unit.? The low iron properties and consistent nature of these high-quality materials help to increase light transmission, thereby maximising the level of electricity generation.

As the solar PV energy market gears up for further growth, we are working with customers worldwide to develop new material solutions, ensuring that Sibelco continues to play a key role in powering a brighter future.

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Focus on Innovation http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/focus-on-innovation/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 05:30:31 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4789 Sibelco’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Georg Wie?meier, discusses our approach to innovation and its central role in our vision. What does innovation mean for Sibelco today? Innovation goes way beyond what you might traditionally refer to as research and development.? It is about harnessing the know-how gained from R&D and turning it into value...

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Sibelco’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Georg Wie?meier, discusses our approach to innovation and its central role in our vision.

What does innovation mean for Sibelco today?

Innovation goes way beyond what you might traditionally refer to as research and development.? It is about harnessing the know-how gained from R&D and turning it into value in the form of a successful new or improved process, material solution or business model.? This doesn’t happen overnight – innovation is a long-term, continuous process that demands ambition, commitment and most importantly passion.?

What is the key to successful innovation?

Customer centricity is at the heart of innovation.? You need to gain a rich understanding of your customers’ needs within the context of their short, medium and long-term goals.? This means building relationships over years, resulting in trust and mutual respect.? This is key in gaining insights into a customer’s day-to-day business and also their future needs and roadmap.

At Sibelco we need to build even closer relationships with our customers so that we can gain a thorough understanding of the role that existing and new material solutions can play in their success.? ??

How is Sibelco’s approach to technology and innovation structured?

Our approach is based around three innovation domains.? The first is Process Innovation, which is about securing and improving Sibelco’s traditional minerals business through the most efficient and effective exploration, processing and plant technologies.? This supports the ‘operationally excellent’ element of our Vision 2020.

The second domain is Material Innovation, through which we are extending our traditional minerals business in line with our Vision to become a leading material solutions provider, for example in polymers, coatings, construction and electronics.

Our third domain is Business Innovation – this is about creating new business models utilising both internal and external know-how.? ‘Intrapreneurship’ is important within this third platform, which means supporting small teams of employees with entrepreneurial ideas and talent to turn concepts into new business streams within what we call the Technology & Innovation Business Incubator.? Through the Incubator we are also leveraging external know-how with corporate venturing focused on innovative start-ups that fit with our business strategies, and new technology platforms.?

How has Sibelco’s innovation strategy changed in recent years?

Traditionally we have focused heavily on providing technical support for our raw material customers.? We will continue to provide this important, shorter-term aspect of our service, whilst at the same time devoting additional resources to developing our medium and long-term horizons, both of which focus on disruptive, step-change innovation.

To support this, we have established a new group looking at global megatrends and how they translate into opportunities and threats for new and existing business and materials.

In short, our innovation strategy is now more customer-centric with a longer-term view.

Who gets involved in technology and innovation and how is the team organised?

T&I isn’t a stand-alone department within Sibelco.? We have developed an innovation community made up of over 350 people from different business functions, connected via a dedicated web-based innovation portal through which we share ideas, information and resources.

A focus on recruitment in collaboration with universities will help us to further expand our ‘knowledge pool’.? Selected people are developing new skills through the two-year Sibelco Innovation Development Program which supports participants in delivering an innovation project which spans multiple business domains and locations.

We are currently in the process of consolidating our network of laboratories and technical centres in order to achieve critical mass.? Our plan is to have a central Innovation Hub in each of our operating regions which will provide an interface between different business functions such as engineering, geology, strategic marketing, sales and operations, thereby facilitating the cross-fertilisation of ideas.? It is at these interfaces where innovation really happens.? The Innovation Hubs will be supported by smaller application satellite labs close to our customers.

What do you feel will be the big game changers in the minerals industry over the next twenty years?

Access to resources will become more and more difficult.? We therefore need to engage in new technologies to support resource exploration, the circular economy, the valorising of waste streams and the development of secondary raw materials.

We need to develop more efficient mineral processes that use less energy, thereby reducing costs and CO2 emissions. Automation and digitalisation will help to reduce operational and maintenance costs whilst also improving safety in mines and processing plants.

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Sibelco Leading the way in Energy Efficiency http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelcoleadingenergyefficiency/ Thu, 24 Jan 2019 19:25:11 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4774 Reducing CO2 emissions to combat climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. The main way industry can play a role is through energy efficiency. Sibelco’s site in Maastricht has implemented a comprehensive approach to improving energy efficiency. This involves an in-house developed energy and productivity monitoring system, training, the sharing...

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Reducing CO2 emissions to combat climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. The main way industry can play a role is through energy efficiency.

Sibelco’s site in Maastricht has implemented a comprehensive approach to improving energy efficiency. This involves an in-house developed energy and productivity monitoring system, training, the sharing of best practices and an active participation in the Dutch government’s Long Term Agreement programme. The site is ISO 15001 certified and has achieved tangible improvements through an innovative approach to its production process and a new service offering for customers.

The improvements to the production process in Maastricht were the result of a company-wide operational excellence programme. The hot air used to dry materials in one of the plant’s production lines was recirculated in the drying process thereby minimizing energy losses. This innovation alone led to a 15-20 % improvement in energy efficiency for the drying process and is now being deployed in the other Sibelco operations.

Fibre glass manufacturers are one of the main customer groups for the Maastricht site. Sibelco developed technology to recycle the production waste of these customers. Not only does this avoid customers having to send their residues to landfill, it is also an energy efficient way to produce new materials for the production of fibre glass. Compared to raw material, this process leads to a CO2 reduction in the supply chain of 30 %.

Both initiatives were recognized in the Netherlands at regional level – as a contributor to the Limburg Energy Pact (Limburg Energie Akkoord) – and at national level by the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy. The site was one of three nominees for the Ministry’s Energy Award for 2018.

  • In 2018 the European Union reached set a binding energy efficiency target for the EU for 2030 of?32.5%. In December 2018 the Dutch government agreed on a CO2 reduction target of 49% by 2030 compared to the levels of 1990.
  • Sibelco’s investments have improved the energy efficiency in the drying process in Maastricht by 15-20%
  • Recycling glass fibres leads to a CO2 reduction in the supply chain of 30%

Watch the Dutch Government video featuring Sibelco’s?Process Optimization Manager Jan Janssen (Dutch language only)

GENOMINEERDE EZK ENERGY AWARD 2018: SIBELCO from Jeroen Inc. on Vimeo.

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Sibelco to sell Lime and Limestone assets to Graymont and Grupo Calidra http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-to-sell-lime-and-limestone-assets/ Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:00:33 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4760 Antwerp, Belgium; Richmond, BC, Canada; Santa Fe, Mexico; January 17, 2019, industrial specialty minerals group Sibelco announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell its lime and limestone activities to two leading players in the lime and limestone industry – Graymont and Grupo Calidra. The sale includes Sibelco’s lime and limestone operations...

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Antwerp, Belgium; Richmond, BC, Canada; Santa Fe, Mexico; January 17, 2019, industrial specialty minerals group Sibelco announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell its lime and limestone activities to two leading players in the lime and limestone industry – Graymont and Grupo Calidra. The sale includes Sibelco’s lime and limestone operations in Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Argentina and Chile. Under the terms of the agreement Graymont will extend its global reach in the Asia-Pacific region, with the acquisition of the operations in Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Grupo Calidra – ?in which Graymont has a significant equity interest – will acquire the operations in Argentina and Chile.

Commenting on the transaction, Jean-Luc Deleersnyder, Chief Executive Officer of Sibelco, said: “Through this transaction we will further sharpen our focus on material solutions where we can attain global leadership positions. We will also gain additional flexibility to pursue future growth opportunities. We are pleased that the lime and limestone assets will find a home in strong, family-owned enterprises which share our values with respect to the well-being of employees and the environment. The fact that lime and limestone is the core business of both Graymont and Grupo Calidra will ensure the continued viability and success of these operations.”

J. Graham Weir, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Canadian-based Graymont, commented: “This latest acquisition represents another significant milestone in Graymont’s history and strengthens our position as a world class leader in lime and limestone products.”

“The acquisition of these strategically located assets will extend our reach in a high growth region of the world,” stated President and Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Godin. Mr. Godin noted that, wherever Graymont operates, “we aim to be the preferred supplier, employer, and partner of choice. To that end, I look forward to welcoming aboard new team members, customers and other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region and familiarizing them with Graymont’s world class vision.”

Jorge Bautista, Chief Executive Officer of Mexico-based Grupo Calidra, said the transaction “further strengthens our position as the lime industry supplier of choice in Latin America, and underscores the mutually beneficial nature of our strategic partnership with Graymont.”

The transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed during 2019.

About Graymont

Graymont is a global leader in the supply of lime and limestone products. It serves major markets throughout the United States and Canada and continues to extend its reach into the Asia-Pacific region. Founded in 1948, the privately held company is based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

About Grupo Calidra

Founded in 1907, Grupo Calidra is the largest lime producer in Mexico, with?multiple production sites throughout Latin America. The company is privately held and has more than 100 years of continuous experience in the lime and limestone industries.

About Sibelco

Sibelco is a global leader in material solutions and sources, transforms and distributes an extensive portfolio of specialty industrial minerals.?Sibelco’s solutions support the progress of modern life and serve industries as diverse as glass, ceramics, construction, coatings, polymers, metals, agriculture and water purification. In addition, Sibelco is a majority shareholder in Covia, a leading NYSE-listed provider of minerals and material solutions for the industrial and energy markets in North America. The Sibelco Group operates over 200 production sites in 37 countries, with a team of?some 9,500 people.

For further information, contact:

Sibelco:

Tim Weekes
Vice President, Group Communications
Tel: +32 473 984914
tim.weekes@sibelco.com

Helen Stanley (Australasia)
Communications Manager
Tel: +61 2 9458 2979
helen.stanley@sibelco.com.au

Graymont / Grupo Calidra?:

Mathieu Bouchard
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Environment and Sustainability
+1 450 645-2452

 

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Case study: A micro solution to solve one of the world’s biggest problems http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/case-study-a-micro-solution-to-solve-one-of-the-worlds-biggest-problems/ Sun, 02 Dec 2018 00:01:47 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4589 Continuous population growth and industrialization across the globe demand increasingly effective technologies for treating various wastewaters. 80% of global wastewater is still released into the environment without treatment which, in turn, has an impact on the availability and quality of safe drinking water. Sibelco provides solutions that address this critical issue through the supply of...

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Continuous population growth and industrialization across the globe demand increasingly effective technologies for treating various wastewaters. 80% of global wastewater is still released into the environment without treatment which, in turn, has an impact on the availability and quality of safe drinking water.

WastewaterSibelco provides solutions that address this critical issue through the supply of filtration minerals in collaboration with wastewater treatment companies. An example of the application of our products in wastewater treatment is at Siaap, the world’s second largest wastewater treatment plant located in the Paris region in France.

Siaap treats the wastewater of eight million people in Paris and its surrounding area. In 2017 the plant treated on average over 1,340,000 cubic meters per day in the dry season, rising to 2,800,000 cubic meters per day in the rainy months.

Siaap uses the Actiflo process developed by Veolia OTV, which combines chemical and physical water treatment. Sibelco’s microsand is a critical element in the Actiflo process as it accelerates the settling of the flocs, thus enhancing the performance of the coagulation-flocculation process. The microsand can also be partially recycled, with only a small amount of new sand injected to compensate for any loss during the Actiflo process.

Sibelco’s unique and high quality microsands are used because of their optimal performance in this process as well as their low consumption per cubic meter of treated wastewater. The specific shape, silica content, particle size and density all allow the sands to perform in the best way.

Key points:?

  • The Siaap wastewater treatment plant serves 8,000,000 people from Paris and its surrounding area
  • Siaap treats up to 2,800,000 cubic metres of water per day
  • Actiflo process, using Sibelco microsand, is 100 times faster than conventional systems
  • Actiflo takes up 50 times less space than traditional methods

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Case study: Pre-treatment solution prior to desalination http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/case-study-pre-treatment-solution-prior-to-desalination/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 01:13:00 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4541 With worldwide water consumption doubling every 20 years, the need to increase sustainable supplies from non-traditional sources is pressing. Desalination is a technology that converts sea or brackish water into water suitable for human consumption, industrial use or irrigation. Worldwide capacity is projected to reach 160 million cubic meters per day by 2030. For this...

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With worldwide water consumption doubling every 20 years, the need to increase sustainable supplies from non-traditional sources is pressing.

Desalination is a technology that converts sea or brackish water into water suitable for human consumption, industrial use or irrigation. Worldwide capacity is projected to reach 160 million cubic meters per day by 2030.

For this to happen, it’s vital that desalination plants work at optimum efficiency. Sibelco contributes to this as a partner for filtration solutions.

As an example, Sibelco has supplied filter sand and gravel to Mitsubishi’s Shuqaiq 2 Independent Water and Power Project for the Assir region of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the country with the largest production of desalinated water in the world, generating 7.6 million cubic meters a day.

At Shuqaiq, Sibelco’s sand and gravel are used in rapid multimedia filters to remove silts, solids, bacteria and parasites before the water is passed through micron cartridge filters prior to membrane treatment. This reduces fouling and clogging of the membrane which, in turn, allows for less frequent backwashing, higher water throughput, lower energy and backwash water consumption, plus a longer working life for the membranes and a reduction in maintenance and operational costs.

Using Sibelco’s sand and gravel, Shuqaiq produces over 200,000 cubic meters of clean water each day and can deal with the frequent severe sand storms during summer, which create high seawater turbidity. Sibelco is proud of this contribution to the supply of the world’s most precious, and under pressure, commodity – water.

Water consumption in numbers:

  • Water consumption grows at twice the rate of population growth
  • By 2050 demand for water is expected to exceed supply by 56%
  • About 1.2 billion people live in water scarce areas
  • More than 300 million people globally rely on desalinated water

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Case study: Re-using green energy by-products for improved sustainability http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/case-study-re-using-green-energy-by-products-for-improved-sustainability/ Fri, 16 Nov 2018 01:22:25 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4543 Composite fillers with biomass ash At Sibelco we are constantly refining our search for innovative solutions, both to improve the performance of our materials and to provide solutions that fit the demands of a circular economy. One specific focus is the by-products from biomass energy generation. These by-products are often not fully recyclable. As a...

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Composite fillers with biomass ash

At Sibelco we are constantly refining our search for innovative solutions, both to improve the performance of our materials and to provide solutions that fit the demands of a circular economy.

One specific focus is the by-products from biomass energy generation. These by-products are often not fully recyclable. As a provider of material solutions, we can challenge green energy producers to improve their incineration efficiency and work with them to close the loop for their by-products.

A practical example of our innovation in this area is the treatment of fly ash. Fly ash is what remains when biomass has been incinerated to create green energy. Sibelco has been seeking a recycling option for biomass ash, and has now found the answer…in asphalt production.

Asphalt is a mix of bitumen and coarse and fine aggregates. Limestone is added as a filler to the asphalt to strengthen roads and make them more durable. Now we can replace limestone with selected fly ash combined with primary minerals, without any loss in performance. This reduces reliance on primary limestone stocks and provides a high quality sustainable application for the ash. A true win-win solution.

The fillers are milled and mixed at our plants in Winterswijk and Maastricht, with intensive quality control of the materials used in the end product. This ensures they meet required technical and environmental specifications and comply with the European standards for aggregates.

The volume of global construction is predicted to grow by 85% by 2030 and the need for new and improved road infrastructure will drive higher demand for asphalt. For this infrastructure to be more sustainable requires innovative approaches to materials and recycling.

The development of biomass fly ash is an example of Sibelco’s commitment to meeting our customers’ needs. Working closely with asphalt producers and regulators, it’s another step in Sibelco’s approach of delivering materials solutions for a more sustainable world.

Key facts:

  • Biomass fly ash can replace up to 40% of limestone as a filler material in asphalt
  • The use of fly ash saves 4-6 kg CO2 equivalent per ton of filler
  • Asphalt is 100% recyclable, including the filler
  • Composite filler can make asphalt more sustainable

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Case study: Promoting value chain sustainability through innovation http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/case-study-promoting-value-chain-sustainability-through-innovation/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 01:24:46 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4545 Sibelco helps customers adopt a ‘Cradle to Cradle’ approach. This approach involves the design of products and systems that are essentially waste free. One such is carpet company Tarkett who, with the help of Sibelco, now use a by-product of water softening in the Netherlands in the manufacture of backing for its carpet tiles. About...

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Sibelco helps customers adopt a ‘Cradle to Cradle’ approach.

This approach involves the design of products and systems that are essentially waste free. One such is carpet company Tarkett who, with the help of Sibelco, now use a by-product of water softening in the Netherlands in the manufacture of backing for its carpet tiles.

About half of Dutch drinking water is softened by extracting calcium carbonate (lime). This leaves a residue of lime pellets which are then removed from the water. The company Aquaminerals takes care of the sale of these lime pellets on behalf of the drinking water companies. Initially the pellets were only recycled for use in construction and agriculture. But thanks to initiatives by the drinking water companies, a purer version has been developed with potential high-value applications in glass, paper and carpet manufacture.

Tarkett worked closely with water companies in the Netherlands to become the first carpet company in the world to use this calcium carbonate in carpet backing. However, they needed the pellets to be processed into a fine filler to make them suitable for use. Sibelco provided the solution by grinding them to a specific particle size that optimised their filler effect. This, in turn, minimised the binding agent required and reduced Tarkett’s production costs.

Now Tarkett expects to draw as much as 20,000 tonnes of lime from local water companies and Sibelco has also adapted its process to account for the varying quality of pellets from different water stations.

As Ludwig Cammaert, Tarkett’s R&D chief explained: “with the help of Sibelco, the calcium carbonate particle size and distribution was tailored to our requirements, making this a true innovation in the value chain process.”

Key points:?

  • Tarkett is the first company in the world to use recycled calcium carbonate from water softening in carpet manufacture
  • It expects to draw up to 20,000 tonnes of chalk from Dutch water companies
  • About half the drinking water in the Netherlands is softened using calcium carbonate, producing almost 80,000 tonnes of lime pellets
  • A true cooperation between companies is necessary for Cradle to Cradle success

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Sibelco is supporting sustainable energy http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-is-supporting-sustainable-energy/ Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:02:40 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4422 Sibelco’s Schansheide quarry in Dessel, Belgium, has been chosen as the site of an innovative floating solar panel investment. The company Floating PV will build five hectares of floating solar panels at the site, integrating various innovative techniques such as solar tracking that allows the panels to rotate with the sun, an adjusting slope angle,...

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Sibelco’s Schansheide quarry in Dessel, Belgium, has been chosen as the site of an innovative floating solar panel investment. The company Floating PV will build five hectares of floating solar panels at the site, integrating various innovative techniques such as solar tracking that allows the panels to rotate with the sun, an adjusting slope angle, double-sided panels and active cooling.

Mark Stulens, Sibelco’s Sustainability Manager – Belgium, states: “Sibelco is proud to play a role in making this technological innovation become a reality. In addition to the wind turbines that are already present at our site, the floating solar park will further increase the proportion of renewables in our energy mix.”

The floating solar panels will cover 6 hectares and will have a capacity of 5 megawatts. This will enable the generation of 4,850 megawatt hours of green electricity – or the equivalent of the consumption of approximately 1,200 households.

Most of the electricity produced will be consumed locally by Sibelco’s Dessel plant. These operations already house a combined heat and power system and three large wind turbines. The addition of this floating solar panel investment demonstrates that the electricity consumption of Sibelco in Flanders is becoming more and more sustainable and is contributing to the renewable energy objectives of the Flemish region.

The Flemish Government is supporting the project with an investment of EUR 2 million.

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Delivering the ‘ingredients’ for ceramics innovation http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/delivering-the-ingredients-for-ceramics-innovation/ Fri, 14 Sep 2018 03:53:30 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=4311 Inside Sibelco’s Tile Technical Centre In Northern Italy, our application engineers spend their days pushing the boundaries of material innovation in the field of tile manufacture. Sibelco’s Tile Technical Centre in Maranello is dedicated to developing new products and solutions to accommodate market trends and meet exacting customer standards – whether it’s for super-whiteness, large...

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Inside Sibelco’s Tile Technical Centre

In Northern Italy, our application engineers spend their days pushing the boundaries of material innovation in the field of tile manufacture.

Sibelco’s Tile Technical Centre in Maranello is dedicated to developing new products and solutions to accommodate market trends and meet exacting customer standards – whether it’s for super-whiteness, large format tiles, or greater cost efficiency. Skilled in material science, ceramic production processes, and frits and glazes, Sibelco collaborates with universities, ceramic machinery suppliers and customers to test and assess material properties, and develop solutions for the market.

It’s a careful balance of minerals analysis and experimentation – a process Vincenzo Torre, VP of Sibelco’s global Tiles, Engobes and Engineered Stone business likes to compare with being a pastry chef: “We’re relied upon to provide the highest quality ingredients for our customers and then to test the ‘recipes’ to create the finest ceramics products. Sometimes customers want a better consistency, sometimes it’s whiter colour or a silkier glaze, so we’re constantly trialling new mineral mixes and manufacturing methods.”

The Maranello Tile Centre is part of Sibelco’s Technology and Innovation (T&I) Global Centres Network and home to a variety of cutting-edge technologies; both for analysis (X-Ray Fluorescence, dilatometers, heating and stereo microscopes, and others) and for application testing (a brand new laboratory roller kiln, tile presses and a variety of mills etc.).

This means that a variety of mineral properties and behaviours can be tested on site, including but not limited to; rheology, sintering, bending strength and melting points, while application experiments and quality control tests can also be undertaken.

Vincenzo Torre says the range of capabilities at the facility are critical to supporting customers’ growth ambitions: “Customers often tell us that as little as a 1% increase in production is enough to bring in over a million euros extra per year. This is why the Maranello Tile Centre is so important. We can help them to discover and implement the marginal improvements that lead to higher yields – better performing materials, new mixes, stronger products – and add great value to their businesses”.

To find out more about Sibelco’s high performance range of materials for ceramics, see our Ceramics Product Tool.

Sibelco. Material solutions ~ Advancing life.

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Sibelco Wins Gender Equality Award http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-wins-gender-equality-award/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 05:23:19 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=3961 On 5 July 2018, Sibelco won the Gender Equality – Industrial Sector Award at the LC Diversity Awards held in Milan, Italy. The LC Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognise companies which have demonstrated a commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in Italy. Sibelco was nominated for this award for the commitments we’ve made...

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gender-equality awardOn 5 July 2018, Sibelco won the Gender Equality – Industrial Sector Award at the LC Diversity Awards held in Milan, Italy.

The LC Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognise companies which have demonstrated a commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in Italy. Sibelco was nominated for this award for the commitments we’ve made to improving gender balance, highlighting the recent changes to our recruitment and talent progression processes.

Alessia Crivelli, Sibelco’s HR Manager, based in Milan, accepted the Gender Equality Award on behalf of Sibelco.

“We’re proud of the steps we have started to take to improve diversity at Sibelco, particularly around gender diversity, and we’re thrilled to be recognised through this award. As a global team we’ve made some real, valuable improvements to ensure we’re promoting Sibelco to a wider, more diverse pool of candidates, and this is only the beginning,” said Alessia.

The panel of judges also commended the team for organising and taking part in dedicated training sessions focused on raising self-awareness of unconscious bias and challenging beliefs around gender stereotypes.

“Unconscious bias exists in all of us as human beings. Through training, we have learnt how to minimise this where possible, as well as through our behaviour and in our communication. All these efforts, both the processes we improve and the training we undergo, ensure we’re creating a more inclusive workplace and a culture our people feel proud to be a part of,” said Alessia.

Sponsored by the Municipality of Milan, and the likes of Google, INH and SEA Aeroporti, the event saw over 150 guests attend from industries spanning finance, legal, government and mining, to name a few.

Well done to everyone involved for this great achievement.

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From Graduate Program to Procurement Management: Q&A with Nadezhda Kuzmina http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/nadezhda-kuzmina/ Thu, 07 Jun 2018 11:00:45 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=3801 Learn about Nadezhda’s thoughts on the Sibelco Graduate Program and her career progression and achievements at Sibelco. What made you apply to Sibelco’s Graduate Program? Sibelco is a material solutions company and a significant player in the global Minerals industry. I was intrigued by the opportunity to learn about Sibelco’s operations via three projects, across...

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Learn about Nadezhda’s thoughts on the Sibelco Graduate Program and her career progression and achievements at Sibelco.

What made you apply to Sibelco’s Graduate Program?

Sibelco is a material solutions company and a significant player in the global Minerals industry. I was intrigued by the opportunity to learn about Sibelco’s operations via three projects, across three departments and in three different countries.

What were your first impressions of Sibelco and the program when you joined?

In our first week, we participated in an induction program where we visited a number of Sibelco sites. I was fascinated by the scale and complexity of Sibelco’s operational processes and at the same time, its level of automation. Throughout the induction we also received great support from our future colleagues.

How would you describe Sibelco’s culture and its people?

Sibelco is truly an equal opportunity employer with open and friendly people, and has a culture where you are encouraged to speak up and ask questions. Its employees are ambitious and passionate about their work, which encourages personal development, creativity and thinking outside the box.

What did you like most about the Graduate Program?

The Graduate Program allowed me to learn about Sibelco’s operations in different regions, increased my cultural awareness and was an incredibly valuable networking opportunity. Through the program, I met colleagues who have now become friends.

What has been your career progression at Sibelco since completing the Graduate Program?

Since completing the Graduate Program, I have led Energy Procurement for Sibelco’s European Operations and most recently was appointed as Global Energy Procurement Manager. These opportunities have come with a lot of work and responsibility, which I love.

What motivates you to come to work every day?

My colleagues, my work that I truly enjoy and the opportunity to learn new things every day. Sibelco is a company with a great, long history but at the same time it has a modern and agile culture. This pushes me to go that extra mile and makes me eager to learn more.

What are some of your most memorable achievements at Sibelco to date?

It is hard to pick one. I think the most memorable achievement was the first tender that I ran in the UK where, together with Operations, we managed to achieve significant financial results (EBITDA and working capital savings).

What inspired you to take on a career in Procurement?

The last Procurement project that I worked on as part of Sibelco’s Graduate Program. I enjoyed being out in the field with suppliers, building long-term partnerships and negotiating better deals for Sibelco that directly affect not only financial statements but also the efficiency of our operations. My managers were also a great source of inspiration – they provided support, mentorship and trusted me with various challenges.

What advice would you give to graduates who are looking to kick-start a career in their chosen field?

My advice is to be open to new opportunities, be honest and never be afraid to speak up.


2018 Graduate Program

Kick-start your career with our 12-month Graduate Program. Based in Europe or Asia, you will work within our global Operations Optimisation team to develop your skills, learn from our experts and more.

Applications close on 12 June 2018.

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Sibelco 2018 Graduate Program http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-graduate-program-2018/ Tue, 22 May 2018 02:12:23 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=3693 Sibelco mines and manufactures a wide range of mineral products for both local and international markets. Founded in 1872, Sibelco began in Europe and has grown into one of the largest industrial minerals companies in the world – privately owned and multinational, our vision is to be the best Global Material Solutions Company. We are...

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Sibelco mines and manufactures a wide range of mineral products for both local and international markets. Founded in 1872, Sibelco began in Europe and has grown into one of the largest industrial minerals companies in the world – privately owned and multinational, our vision is to be the best Global Material Solutions Company. We are market driven, operationally excellent and offer a compelling culture.

What we offer:

A 1 year placement within our global Operations Optimisation team, based in either Europe or Asia and training as Change Agents for high profile, key projects. Graduates will have the opportunity to travel to our sites to learn about our operations and products, and meet our experts to build an understanding of the capabilities throughout Sibelco.

Our program is designed to expose you to a global view of the industrial environment whereby you will be encouraged to create solutions, drive change and develop the skills of our people. Our Operations Optimisation team comprises multiple skillsets including process and project engineering, production, planning, scheduling, maintenance and reliability.

Sibelco offers a compelling culture in which people thrive and perform at their best, are challenged to explore possibilities and are recognised for their contribution to the company’s successes.

What we are looking for:

  • Educated with minimum Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science
  • Masters is highly regarded
  • Competent English language skills
  • Be mobile to travel within continent and ideally globally
  • Training or experience in LEAN Manufacturing is an advantage
  • Up to 2 years industry experience is an advantage
  • A curiosity into the industrial environment
  • Those who hold our behavioural values of Deliver On Promise, Build Positive Relationships, Speak Up, and Explore Possibilities

If you want the beginning of your career to be with an organisation that is committed to the community, the environment and making a difference through their people then Sibelco could be the start of your journey.

Selection Process:

Please submit your application (in English) through our recruitment system by clicking apply to either our Europe-based positions or Asia-based positions. Only applications through this method can be accepted. Please apply with a CV and Cover Letter stating your motivation for applying, your motivation for your study and any career aspirations you have.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 12 June 2018.

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Sustainable Employability – Confined Spaces Project http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sustainable-employability-confined-spaces-project/ Fri, 18 May 2018 03:32:56 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=3708 We’re pleased to have completed in mid-April 2018 our “Sustainable Employability – Confined Spaces Project” in cooperation with our partner MaxPrevent. This Netherlands-based project was made possible by the European Social Fund of the European Commission. The project’s goals included: ? Identifying safety risks of working in confined spaces ? Increasing safety awareness ? Ensuring...

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We’re pleased to have completed in mid-April 2018 our “Sustainable Employability – Confined Spaces Project” in cooperation with our partner MaxPrevent.

This Netherlands-based project was made possible by the European Social Fund of the European Commission. The project’s goals included:

? Identifying safety risks of working in confined spaces
? Increasing safety awareness
? Ensuring employees can safely enter and perform their tasks in confined spaces

The input of all project teams resulted in the necessary procedures and documents for safely working in confined spaces. This is an important contribution to our “Going for Zero” Safety Program.

Well done to everyone involved in this key project.

 

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Women in science & technology: Q&A with Florence Ong http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/florence-ong/ Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:25:44 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=3292 11 February 2018 On February 11th, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we asked Florence Ong, Sibelco’s Technical Solutions Manager – Coatings in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, to provide?her inspirations for pursing a career in science and advice for women who aspire to do the same. In the Q&A below, Florence describes this as...

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11 February 2018

On February 11th, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we asked Florence Ong, Sibelco’s Technical Solutions Manager – Coatings in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, to provide?her inspirations for pursing a career in science and advice for women who aspire to do the same. In the Q&A below, Florence describes this as well as her background, the challenges of her role and her achievements at Sibelco.

Q&A with Florence Ong

 

Florence Ong - Women in scienceWhat was your first paid job?

I first started as a chemist with a writing instruments producer. The technical manager left shortly after I joined and I found myself leading the QA & RND Department with whatever little experience I had. It was extremely tough for me because I was new on the job and had to deal with very seasoned production & engineering senior managers whom worked with the company for more than 20 years. But this experience trained me to be fearless, firm and objective when it came to making decisions.

What inspired you to take on a career in Science?

Since I was young, successful scientific inventors have always impressed me, especially those that have creations that help improve our way of living. To me, this is a job that demands a lot of respect and it was what inspired me to pursue my Bachelor Studies in Science with a major in Chemistry. Fate and opportunities have played a part in me developing my profession in coatings resins research and application performance studies. With Sibelco, I have learnt that mineral fillers, the most often neglected component in coatings formulations, can contribute to prolonging the usable life-span of coatings, which in turn helps in conserving resources.

What advice do you have for women who aspire to work in the field of science?

I feel that in order to enjoy and achieve success in our chosen field, passion is of utmost importance. The journey for a woman to work in science can be challenging. Graduating from university just equips us with the basic tools to start our journey. Additionally, dedication to the field of science is also necessary, it requires us not just to be persistent but demands a willingness to work hard and devote long hours on both theory research and practical experimental works. Be open-minded and proactive to learn, be bold to try new ideas and be fearless to learn from failure.

When did you first join Sibelco and what has been your career path with the company?

I joined Sibelco close to 11 years ago, and at that time, I was tasked with setting up the Paint Technical Centre and establishing the Coatings Technical Support for Asia. With the trust, support and help from my supervisors and committed team, we have generated many test data that prove the technical advantages of our products. This has helped to grow our business into new applications.

What motivates you to come to work every day?

Recognition from our colleagues, customers and company motivates me to come work every day. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction when I see how our technical input helps our colleagues and customers solve their problems.?Of course, it is also motivating to see that Sibelco maintains a solid position in wanting to strengthen its Technology and Innovation capabilities as a Materials Solutions Provider. I view this as a key success factor for us to achieve long term sustainability.

What are some of the challenges you come up against in your role?

Time is money and time lost means money lost, so a key challenge that I face is providing effective technical solutions to customers in a quicker response time. A delayed response affects our reputation as a solutions provider.

What are some of your most memorable achievements at Sibelco to date?

Establishing the Paint Technical Support Capability from scratch, is my most memorable achievement at Sibelco. Today, I am proud to say that Sibelco’s Technical Support Capability on fillers is being viewed by our customers as one of the best in Asia.

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In your opinion, what value does diversity bring to our business?

The coatings business in many applications are heavily influenced by the preferences of different ethnic groups and cultures between regions and countries. Having a diversified and inclusive team in these areas, puts us in touch with the local needs and helps us understand the unique requirements from their market so that we can work as a cohesive team to identify opportunities.

In your role, how are you contributing to Sibelco’s compelling culture?

Coming from the Technology & Innovation team, other than being competent, being able to deliver on promise play a major part in gaining our customers’ trust. I always put myself in customer’s shoes by listening and understanding their needs and how it impacts their business. With that in mind, we can explore possibilities within our capabilities, to find a right solution that can best meet the needs of the customer.

What are your favourite hobbies/what are you passionate about?

Work and family are a priority so that doesn’t leave me with much time for myself. When I do have the opportunity though, I enjoy doing some gardening, I find it therapeutic to be able to nurture something that adds to the beauty of the world. Nature is important part of my recharging process and the weekends are when I take long walks in the morning to enjoy its tranquility.

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Unimin merges with Fairmount Santrol http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/unimin-merges-fairmount-santrol/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:11:44 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=3182 Fairmount Santrol and Unimin to Merge, creating a leader in proppant and industrial materials solutions CHESTERLAND, Ohio and NEW CANAAN, Connecticut, December 12, 2017 — Fairmount Santrol (NYSE:FMSA) (“Fairmount”) and Unimin Corporation (“Unimin”), a wholly owned subsidiary of SCR-Sibelco NV (“Sibelco”), today announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have approved a definitive...

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Fairmount Santrol and Unimin to Merge, creating a leader in proppant and industrial materials solutions

CHESTERLAND, Ohio and NEW CANAAN, Connecticut, December 12, 2017 — Fairmount Santrol
(NYSE:FMSA) (“Fairmount”) and Unimin Corporation (“Unimin”), a wholly owned subsidiary of SCR-Sibelco NV (“Sibelco”), today announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have approved a definitive agreement under which Fairmount and Unimin will combine in a tax-free, cash and stock transaction.

The new company, which will list on the New York Stock Exchange, will combine the two organizations’ strong product portfolios and asset footprints to create an industry-leading proppant and industrial materials solutions provider, serving both energy and industrial customers. The combined company is expected to have 45 million tons of annual sand and mineral processing capacity and 3.0 million tons of annual coating capacity. In addition, the combined company will operate a comprehensive logistics platform with a large-scale terminal network across North America, comprising 96 distribution terminals with 18 unit-train capable terminals, and access to all major railways serving major oil and gas basins.

On a pro forma basis, the new company would have had revenue of approximately $2.0 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $400 million, excluding expected synergies, for the 12 month period ended September 30, 2017. The industrial segment represents 45% of gross profit and the proppants segment represents 55%.

The transaction is expected to generate significant shareholder value, including a $170 million cash payment to Fairmount shareholders. In addition, it is expected to strengthen the companies’ leadership positions in serving both the industrial and energy markets through a broader, more diverse product offering and logistics footprint. The combined company is targeting $150 million of identified annual operational synergies, resulting in over $1 billion in value creation.

“This is a compelling transaction for our shareholders and for our many other stakeholders, including our customers, employees and communities,” said Jenniffer Deckard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fairmount Santrol. “By combining the complementary strengths of both Unimin and Fairmount Santrol, we will create a premier provider of industrial materials and proppant solutions with benefits and growth opportunities that far surpass what either company could achieve alone. Together we will serve our customers more efficiently and effectively with a broader and more diverse product offering, greater technical expertise, improved scale and geographic diversity and an expanded logistics platform. We have long respected the Unimin organization and believe our shared cultures of sustainability and long-term value creation will enable us to realize the benefits of this merger.”

Campbell Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of Unimin, said, “We are excited to join forces with Fairmount as we believe this combination is an ideal fit for our value-driven orientation and long-term vision of strength through diversity of products and end markets. Fairmount is an excellent partner for Unimin and shares our strategy of providing superior and innovative product solutions for the growing energy and industrial segments. Together, our combined network of flagship plants, terminals and rail access will deliver greater capacity and more cost-competitive supply to meet our customers’ needs.”

Matthew LeBaron, Chairman of the Fairmount Santrol Board of Directors, said, “We are pleased with this combination, which brings together two industry leaders at an opportune time in the industry. This transaction will deliver significant value for Fairmount shareholders through immediate cash consideration and the opportunity to participate in the upside of the combined company. The combined company will have a strong capital structure, backed by diverse cash flow streams, which will position it to make strategic growth investments and further enhance returns for shareholders. On behalf of my fellow directors, we look forward to what Fairmount and Unimin will accomplish together.”

“This combination is a unique opportunity to create an industry-leading company with the ability to generate significant long-term value for shareholders,” said Jean-Luc Deleersnyder, Chief Executive Officer of Sibelco. Mr. Deleersnyder continued, “We are confident that the combined company will be in a strong position to leverage its strengths to generate significant cash flow that can be used to capture targeted growth opportunities and to reduce debt. Our position as a long-term investor reflects our belief in the value that will be created by the merger and enables the consolidated entity to leverage our global capabilities.”

More information

Investor Contacts

Fairmount:
Indrani Egleston
+1 440-214-3219
Indrani.Egleston@fairmountsantrol.com

Matt Schlarb
+1 440-214-3284
Matthew.Schlarb@fairmountsantrol.com

Unimin and Sibelco:
Jennifer Fox
+1-203-442-2287
jfox@unimin.com

Laurence Boens
+32 3223 6657
laurence.boens@sibelco.com

Media Contact
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Sharon Stern / Adam Pollack / Trevor Gibbons
+1 212-355-4449

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Sibelco Innovation Development Program http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sibelco-innovation-development-program/ Tue, 30 May 2017 00:53:44 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=2278 The Sibelco Innovation Development Program (SIDP) connects people through the global utilization of resources and knowledge. The SIDP will drive change, develop our people, network and retain talent for the future. We are seeking talented, motivated and passionate Post Graduates in natural sciences or engineering with a desire to build strong relationships, explore opportunities, speak...

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Sibelco Innovation Development Graduate ProgramThe Sibelco Innovation Development Program (SIDP) connects people through the global utilization of resources and knowledge. The SIDP will drive change, develop our people, network and retain talent for the future.

We are seeking talented, motivated and passionate Post Graduates in natural sciences or engineering with a desire to build strong relationships, explore opportunities, speak up and deliver on results; at a company with a strong and sustainable culture supporting both individual and organizational performance, development and
growth.

The program includes:

  • The opportunity to work on various projects with strategic impact in our different business segments
  • Participation in at least one overarching cross-functional project during the full period of the program
  • Direct sponsorship and mentoring by Sibelco’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
  • Additional coaching by other leaders within the company
  • Every opportunity to experience different cultures and build a wide network
  • Obtain specific business and technology know-how

The SIDP runs for 24 months and is considered as a first step in a lasting career at Sibelco.?The primary work location will be Sibelco’s head office in Antwerp, Belgium.

To find out more, see our Sibelco Innovation Development Program (SIDP) page.

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Case study: The power of partnership to service customer demand http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/case-study-the-power-of-partnership-to-service-customer-demand/ Mon, 06 Jun 2016 12:38:22 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=394 One of the major benefits of operating a global business is the ability to source the very highest quality minerals for our customers – wherever they are. Demand for Ukrainian clay and Turkish feldspar have been steadily increasing for some time, driven by growth in the porcelain tile market. Manufacturers in the US and Mexico...

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One of the major benefits of operating a global business is the ability to source the very highest quality minerals for our customers – wherever they are.

Demand for Ukrainian clay and Turkish feldspar have been steadily increasing for some time, driven by growth in the porcelain tile market. Manufacturers in the US and Mexico value the Ukrainian clay’s low carbon and iron content, and its chemical makeup that allows for faster firing. The Turkish feldspar meanwhile, offers a low cost alternative to some of the flux minerals available in North America.

Sibelco Case Study: The power of partnership to service customer demandOur offices in the US and Mexico have been exploring opportunities with their European colleagues to open up the broader Sibelco portfolio to their customers for some time. A trading company, Unimin Specialty Minerals, was set up in Mexico in 2007 and the business had handled several mid-sized imports into Mexico over recent years.

However in 2015 the initiative was truly put to the test when an Italian tile producer decided to expand its product portfolio at its US plant, and approached the business for help.

With strong collaboration between Sibelco’s US and Mexican operations and Sibelco’s team in Italy, feldspar, clay and bentonite were shipped in bulk ocean vessels across the Atlantic and via the river system from the Gulf of Mexico to the customer’s tile plant in Tennessee.

Soon after, our Mexican operations received an order for Ukrainian clay for another tile producer in San Luis Potosi.

Shipping into Mexico is complicated by a less developed port infrastructure, so while the business is currently shipping on demand, it will soon start?to warehouse and deliver locally, starting with an additional 5,000 metric tons being shipped with this latest order. By stocking locally, the team will be able to pursue additional business, while offering the highest quality product more quickly and at a lower cost.

Customers with operations in Europe and North America have been quick to catch on to the benefits of Sibelco’s global approach to product sourcing; imports continue to arrive for the Tennessee tile producer, while sales of Ukrainian clay have grown within the frits and glazes industry.

Further to the success of the clay and feldspar initiative, a new division, North America Trading, will add structure to inter-company trading and open opportunities to supply other globally sourced Sibelco minerals.

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Case study: Investing in the future of our lime business http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/case-study-investing-in-the-future-of-our-lime-business/ Tue, 17 May 2016 12:39:47 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=398 Acquisition has been one of the cornerstones of Sibelco’s growth strategy, and in 2015 we added a number of niche businesses to strengthen our position in various markets. The integration of El Volcán, a South American lime producer, not only allowed us to significantly increase our sales volumes across the Southern Cone region, the quality...

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Acquisition has been one of the cornerstones of Sibelco’s growth strategy, and in 2015 we added a number of niche businesses to strengthen our position in various markets.

The integration of El Volcán, a South American lime producer, not only allowed us to significantly increase our sales volumes across the Southern Cone region, the quality and configuration of El Volcán’s mine allowed Sibelco to concentrate its mining activities, enlarging the scale of the operation and enabling better allocation of investment.

Sibelco Case study: Investing in the future of our lime businessIt was the successful integration process that clearly demonstrated our operational excellence goal of leading operations and technology that set a benchmark for future integrations at Sibelco. Impacting on 12 individual processes; including sales and marketing, IT, HR, and logistics, as well as two separate operations in Argentina and Chile. The entire organisation was fully consolidated into Sibelco within a year.

Business continuity was critical to the entire project, with four key areas identified at the outset: Safety, customer care, operational synergies and financial control.

Alongside a customer roadshow, designed to introduce Sibelco and its manufacturing processes to enhance customer support, we developed a structured 16-week integration plan, covering the entire pre- and postacquisition period. Each of the 12 business processes had its own detailed action plan, which was then implemented by the local leaders resulting in an outstanding integration result.

A communication strategy was introduced to keep employees, customers, authorities and the local community informed of the changes, while a number of talented people within El Volcán were quickly integrated into the newly consolidated leadership team.

After 200 days, Sibelco had integrated El Volcán′s operations into Sibelco, implementing an accounting routine and the ERP alongside Sibelco’s own processes and standards. Furthermore, during that time the team achieved significant procurement savings, while increasing quicklime sales through Sibelco’s sales channels.

Following the acquisition, Sibelco has become an important industrial lime supplier for Argentina and Chile, serving the mining, steel and power generation industries amongst others.

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Case study: Taking a confident lead with a customer-centric strategy http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/case-study-taking-a-confident-lead-with-a-customer-centric-strategy/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:37:40 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=392 Taking a lead in our many markets is sometimes only made possible by boldly investing in strategic opportunities. Over the past two years, Sibelco Australia has implemented an ambitious rationalisation of its lime business in New South Wales, resulting in the construction of a world-class quicklime kiln and a consolidated logistics strategy. Sibelco acquired the...

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Taking a lead in our many markets is sometimes only made possible by boldly investing in strategic opportunities.

Over the past two years, Sibelco Australia has implemented an ambitious rationalisation of its lime business in New South Wales, resulting in the construction of a world-class quicklime kiln and a consolidated logistics strategy.

Sibelco acquired the Galong agricultural lime plant in 2012. At the time, the previous owner had been producing around 40,000 metric tons of lime and limestone aggregate per year, and had recently failed in its plans to develop a burnt lime business.

Case study: Taking a confident lead with a customer-centric strategyWithin just 12 months and without any capital investment, Sibelco increased production at the plant to 175,000 metric tons and started investigating the feasibility of developing a burnt lime operation at the site. By closing lower throughput, high cost kilns within the region, and building an innovative new facility at Galong, the business would be able to maintain existing customer volumes and increase production to satisfy any future market growth.

The Southern Lime Consolidation (SLC) strategy was a three-fold, customerfocused plan; to improve the product, lower the cost of production and provide faster, cheaper delivery.

Three freight providers with specialist shipping expertise were coordinated to integrate inter-site transfers with customer deliveries, while all hydrate production was shifted to a high capacity hydrate plant at Charbon.

A double shaft, parallel flow rectangular Maerz kiln was selected for construction at Galong. With a variable capacity range between 180 and 275 metric tons per day, incorporating an innovative double ‘D’ shaped shaft design, the kiln can flex production with market demand; while guaranteeing maximum heat transfer. The result is a consistent, high quality, burnt lime product, produced at a very low fuel cost.

Implementation of such an ambitious project is no small challenge and sales, engineering, logistics and operations worked closely together from the outset to ensure a seamless transition. Staffing and training needs were aligned with the construction and commissioning schedule, while an ‘Operations Playbook’ was developed in anticipation of an unlikely interruption in production post-go live. Meanwhile, a Community Liaison Committee, which had been established following acquisition of the site in 2012, handled local community engagement around the increase in capacity at the site, building on the strong relationships it had developed since the takeover.

The new Galong kiln was commissioned in November 2015. The impact on Sibelco’s lime operations as a result of the SLC strategy has been significant – previously, the business had operated 11 lime kilns and six lime hydrator operations; now, just seven kilns and four hydrator operations service the same market at a more competitive cost, while importantly, offering capacity for growth.

The team regularly reviews and amends its operations strategy to ensure the sustainability of the business model, with the customer at its centre.

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Case study: Attracting and retaining the best with the Sibelco Academy http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/case-study-attracting-and-retaining-the-best-with-the-sibelco-academy/ Tue, 08 Mar 2016 12:38:59 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=396 A global approach to how we run our business requires a holistic approach to employee development and, with this in mind, in 2015 The Sibelco Academy was launched. It became clear that though Sibelco had invested heavily in technical training, there hadn’t been a consistent approach to leadership development. The Sibelco Academy was designed with...

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A global approach to how we run our business requires a holistic approach to employee development and, with this in mind, in 2015 The Sibelco Academy was launched.

Case study: Attracting and retaining the best with the Sibelco AcademyIt became clear that though Sibelco had invested heavily in technical training, there hadn’t been a consistent approach to leadership development.

The Sibelco Academy was designed with the assistance of leadership development experts to equip leaders across the business with standardised development opportunities and the skills to build a constructive culture amongst employees.

Focused on enhancing personal effectiveness and maximising the contribution of team members, two programs will be rolled out in 2016: The Sibelco Leader and The Sibelco People Manager.

Piloted with the Group Executive team in September 2015, The Sibelco Leader Program has been designed to increase senior leaders’ awareness of their role in driving company culture and provide insight into their personal strengths and development objectives.

Meanwhile, the Sibelco People Manager Program is highly practical and employee focused, equipping leaders with the skills to improve individual and team performance through effective performance feedback and motivational coaching.

Incorporating role play and peer-to-peer feedback, and providing practical frameworks for implementation in the workplace, the carefully designed programs ensure leadership training is quality controlled and delivered to a high standard wherever it is rolled out.

The Sibelco Leader Program was officially launched with the European Executive Team in November 2015.

Plans are already in place to introduce The Sibelco Emerging Leader Program in 2017 – an initiative designed to raise the visibility of upcoming talent and provide future leaders with the opportunity to build their peer network and develop their skills on real business challenges.

The Sibelco Academy brand will eventually be applied to the development of group wide programs of all disciplines; currently, this includes the Safety Starts with Me workshops which were launched in 2015 and are taking place throughout the business during 2016.

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Case study: Refining our thinking on waste http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/case-study-refining-our-thinking-on-waste/ Sun, 13 Dec 2015 12:36:03 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=387 It’s the nature of our industry and Sibelco’s drive for operational excellence, that our customers demand the highest quality, finer products. Customers of our Kemaman lime plant on the east coast of Malaysia require a particularly fine, Grade A specification of calcium hydrate – a white powder that’s used in a variety of applications, from...

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It’s the nature of our industry and Sibelco’s drive for operational excellence, that our customers demand the highest quality, finer products.

Customers of our Kemaman lime plant on the east coast of Malaysia require a particularly fine, Grade A specification of calcium hydrate – a white powder that’s used in a variety of applications, from construction, to dentistry and food production.

Sibelco Case study: Refining our thinking on wasteTo achieve the fine consistency of the Grade A product, a dynamic separator is used to remove coarse hydrate. This ‘Grade B’ product can make up to 20% of total output, and has traditionally been stored on site as waste. In 2015, alongside the opening of a new Lime Technical Centre, the team at Kemaman implemented a two-pronged strategy to resolve this waste issue targeting a more sustainable operation and resource by reducing the amount of waste whilst still supplying our customer’s needs.

First, focusing on the refining process to reduce production of the Grade B by-product, a number of tests were introduced. The performance and yield of the hydrator upstream were examined in detail, while the impact of adding specific additives and adjusting the separators were studied in the Technical Centre. By validating the concepts in the Lime Technical Centre, prior to upscaling to industrial tests, costs could be kept low, while new ideas and concepts were implemented with ease.

The team has now turned its attention to recycling the Grade B waste into milk of lime – a slurry used as a liquid chemical neutraliser of acidic effluents.

The Lime Technical Centre is again involved, this time in defining the process to separate and recover the hydrate component in the Grade B product from its other constituents.

The process to reduce production of Grade B hydrate is pioneering in Malaysia, and, combined with a parallel strategy to recycle any waste that is produced, is likely to lead to considerable savings per year. Additionally, by improving the hydrator, the team has uncovered an opportunity to develop a premium hydrate for some high-margin applications.

Sibelco’s investment in the new Lime Technical Centre has been fundamental to the speed of implementation and success so far; the ability to validate new processes and test their feasibility before large-scale rollout has allowed the team the freedom to be more agile and creative in their approach to solving the challenge.

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2015 European Graduate Program http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/2015-european-graduate-program/ Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:31:51 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=2225 We are pleased to launch our 2015 European Graduate Program for talented master graduates with different educational backgrounds. We offer best in class master graduates from European Universities graduating in 2015 a challenging management trainee program. For two years, you will gain management experience through three projects in three different functional disciplines, e.g. operations, marketing,...

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2015 European Graduate Program - SibelcoWe are pleased to launch our 2015 European Graduate Program for talented master graduates with different educational backgrounds. We offer best in class master graduates from European Universities graduating in 2015 a challenging management trainee program.

For two years, you will gain management experience through three projects in three different functional disciplines, e.g. operations, marketing, sales, finance, supply chain, and you will be located in three European countries. At the end of the 2 year program, together with you, we will assess in which function and country your career will continue within Sibelco.

Application process

We invite interested students to apply as soon as possible and to send their CV and motivation letter to:

Patricia Marcaide
Sibelco Europe, Capuchinos de Basurto, no. 6, 5o B – 48013 Bilbao – Vizcaya (Spain),
Tel: +34 944356484
Email: patricia.marcaide@sibelco.com

The final deadline is 15th of February 2015.

Firstly, the selected candidates will be invited for an online test and telephone interview. Secondly, the 15 best candidates will be invited for a 2 day assessment in Antwerp, Belgium on the 23rd and 24th of March.

Selection criteria includes: motivation, European mobility, flexibility to work in any functional discipline, fluency in English, excellent study results, high emotional intelligence.

Candidates selected to join the Sibelco program will receive a job offer shortly after the decision is taken.

The successful candidates will start their first project in September 2015.

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Unimin Energy Solutions: a new Sibelco global division http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/unimin-energy-solutions-new-sibelco-global-division/ Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:34:28 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=2246 On October 27, 2014 Sibelco announced the formation of Unimin Energy Solutions, a global commercial division, designed to serve the worldwide energy services industry. The new organisation will unify Sibelco’s Energy mineral portfolio and global footprint under a single, energy solutions umbrella. Unimin Energy Solutions integrates the North American expertise of Unimin with the global...

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On October 27, 2014 Sibelco announced the formation of Unimin Energy Solutions, a global commercial division, designed to serve the worldwide energy services industry. The new organisation will unify Sibelco’s Energy mineral portfolio and global footprint under a single, energy solutions umbrella.

Unimin Energy SolutionsUnimin Energy Solutions integrates the North American expertise of Unimin with the global capabilities and expertise of Sibelco to create the first truly global oilfield minerals company. Unimin operates with the world’s largest installed Northern White sand production capacity and is the leading supplier of hydraulic fracturing sands in North and South America. Unimin’s parent company, Sibelco, is a diversified inestrial minerals producer and the world’s largest producer of industrial sand with mineral resources and processing capabilities located throughout the world.

“Unimin Energy Solutions is a strategic investment that reflects our ongoing commitment to our customers in the oil and gas industry as they grow around the globe”, said Jean-Luc Deleersnyder, Chief Executive Officer of Sibelco. “The supply dynamic is evolving as global operators increasingly focus on proppant performance to sustain conductivity and recovery rates, and we are uniquely positioned to respond to this new performance and service requirements, wherever they may be in the world”.

The newly formed global division will manage customer relationships, product development and optimization, technical support, analytical services and technology innovations to deliver hydraulic fracturing proppants and engineered mineral additives for drilling, completion and production.

“We will continue to leverage Unimin’s superior quality and service standards for Proppants and Oilfield Minerals worldwide”, said Dave Frattaroli, Chief Commercial Officer of the newly created division. “Unimin Energy Solutions combines more than 40 years of seamless Hydraulic Fracturing sand production, logistics and customer service across North America and more than 140 years of the global resources and local capabilities of Sibelco to deliver the right products, on time and in-spec.”

Sibelco Group operates with a long-term business perspective that emphasises customer service, operational excellence and sustainable development.

About Unimin Energy Solutions

Unimin Energy Solutions is the world’s leading producer of Northern White sand proppants under the Unifrac brand name and a vertically integrated producer of resin coated proppants, ground and micronised cementing additives and drilling fluid agents. Executive offices are located in The Woodlands, Texas with a network of technology, analytical and sales service resources strategically situated in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North & South America.

For more information on Unimin’s sustainability and energy industry capabilities, visit uniminsustainability.com.

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Support to “Zandloperpad” Footpath in Maasmechelen, Belgium http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/support-zandloperpad-footpath-maasmechelen-belgium/ Wed, 21 May 2014 01:57:32 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=2263 Located in the Mechelse Heide National Park in Maasmechelen, the “Zandloperpad” (hourglass road) footpath is now available through Sibelco’s partnership with local organisations and national governments. As part of the National Park’s mission to ensure nature is available to all, this new 1.5 km paved path is now available to people with disabilities, wheelchair users...

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Located in the Mechelse Heide National Park in Maasmechelen, the “Zandloperpad” (hourglass road) footpath is now available through Sibelco’s partnership with local organisations and national governments.

As part of the National Park’s mission to ensure nature is available to all, this new 1.5 km paved path is now available to people with disabilities, wheelchair users and families with infants in prams. From the path, there is a great view of the old Sibelco quarry of Maasmechelen.

Maasmechelen plant removed and rebuilt a bit further

Support to “Zandloperpad” Footpath in Maasmechelen, BelgiumThis is a unique project in Flanders (Belgium), not only in terms of creating a footpath but also for the total makeover of the landscape. After consultation and agreements with all parties about mining in the Hoge Kempen, Sibelco removed its operations in the area, which included replacing 5.000 m2 of asphalt as well as demolishing buildings to make the plant surroundings blend into nature.

The official opening was attended by the Flemish Minister of Welfare, Health and Family, the local Mayor, a director of Nature and Forests as well as local partners.

The path was open to the public at the beginning of May 2014 with more than 1.000 visitors on the Opening Day. Congratulations to the whole project team!

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2014 European Graduate Program http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/2014-european-graduate-program/ Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:37:39 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=2230 Sibelco is a privately owned industrial company that produces and sells a wide range of industrial minerals worldwide. As a global company with over 200 production sites in 41 countries, spread over 5 continents, we employ more than 10.000 employees. As one of only two truly diversified industrial minerals groups in the world, we supply...

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Sibelco is a privately owned industrial company that produces and sells a wide range of industrial minerals worldwide. As a global company with over 200 production sites in 41 countries, spread over 5 continents, we employ more than 10.000 employees.

2014 European Graduate ProgramAs one of only two truly diversified industrial minerals groups in the world, we supply minerals to a wide variety of industries. Our minerals are used in a vast range of applications, including glass, ceramics, energy, metal and casting, functional fillers, construction, water treatment, animal feeds, flame retardants and many more. Sibelco has dedicated teams offering innovative solutions, always with the customer at the centre.

What do we offer?

We offer best in class master graduates from European universities graduating in 2014 a management trainee working experience of two years in various functional disciplines, e.g. finance, operations, marketing & sales, etc. and also in different countries to engage them for a management position in a challenging and exciting business with many perspectives.

Interested in an international career?

Sibelco wants to attract high calibre master graduates with different educational backgrounds.

In the two year period the management trainees will gain management experience through three jobs in different functional disciplines located in different European countries.

At the end of the 2-year program, in dialogue with the management trainee, we will assess together in which function and also in which location his/her career should continue within the Sibelco company.

Selection procedure

We invite interested students to apply as soon as possible and to send their CV and motivation letter to Sibelco NV in Belgium before 25th April 2014 (contact: Katrin Jaubin – Plantin Moretuslei 1A, B-2018 Antwerp, Belgium – katrin.jaubin@sibelco.com).

Firstly, the selected candidates will be invited for an online test and telephone interview. Secondly, the 15 best candidates will be invited for a 2 day assessment in Belgium on the 12th and 13th May. Selection criteria include: motivation for the assignment, full mobility to relocate to any country in Europe, flexibility to work in any functional discipline, fluency in English, excellent study results, high emotional intelligence, etc. Candidates selected to join the Sibelco program will receive a job offer shortly after the decision is taken. It is the intent of the company to hire between 5 and 10 management trainees in 2014 who will start in September/October.

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Sustainable Mining Award http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/sustainable-mining-award/ Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:05:41 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=2253 Our UK operations have been awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard for the tenth consecutive year Our ongoing activity to reduce energy emissions was recently acknowledged when our UK operations were awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for the tenth consecutive year. The Carbon Trust is an independent organisation whose mission is to tackle climate change...

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Our UK operations have been awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard for the tenth consecutive year

Our ongoing activity to reduce energy emissions was recently acknowledged when our UK operations were awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for the tenth consecutive year.

The Carbon Trust is an independent organisation whose mission is to tackle climate change by accelerating the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

We were one of the first minerals companies to receive the standard back in 2003 and the latest award is a clear indicator of our commitment to sustainable mining.

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Back to nature: the Bluegard? olivine solution http://www.male1102.com.cn/media/back-nature-bluegard-olivine-solution/ Tue, 07 Jan 2014 03:43:17 +0000 http://www.male1102.com.cn/?post_type=media&p=2289 After more than eighty years of bombshells and bullets, the 165 sq km of land that makes up Hjerkinn Military Range in the mountains of Oppland, Norway, was suffering the effects of significant ground contamination. So when the Norwegian Parliament decided to close down the range and convert the area into a nature conservation area,...

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After more than eighty years of bombshells and bullets, the 165 sq km of land that makes up Hjerkinn Military Range in the mountains of Oppland, Norway, was suffering the effects of significant ground contamination. So when the Norwegian Parliament decided to close down the range and convert the area into a nature conservation area, the restoration project team were faced with a major challenge.

For the past four years, Sibelco’s Nordic team have been collaborating with the Norwegian Defence Estates Agency (NDEA) in researching and developing the use of our Blueguard? series of olivine-based products to help clean up the contaminated land at Hjerkinn. The worked has focused on olivine’s natural ability to neutralise acid and to absorb heavy metal pollutants.

This partnership approach recently resulted in Sibelco being awarded a major two–year contract to supply three types of product from our Blueguard range: Olivine Blueguard 63 to be used for permanent landfill for contaminated soil; Olivine G1-3 as a filter material that cleans heavy metals from contaminated water; Bentonite from Finland, also for use at the landfills.

And this is a big clean-up operation – so far at Hjerkinn, the NDEA has discovered:

  • 12,208 duds
  • 341 tons of metal waste
  • 365 m3 of wood waste
  • 85.5 m3 of garbage

The restoration work is expected to finish in 2020 and represents a unique project for Norway’s defence and conservation sectors, attracting international attention. The project will strengthen the rich and vulnerable animal and plant life in the area, including increased protection for one of Northern Europe’s largest ecosystems of reindeer.

For more information, see our Olivine product page.

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