Imerys Ceramics, your long run partner!

Imerys Ceramics' origins are to be found in Europe in 1782 with UK kaolins & 1786 with Marcognac deposits (France).

Since the integration of KPCL in 1988, Imerys Ceramics has been expanding worldwide to become a leader in mineral solutions and kiln furniture for the ceramics industry through over 15 acquisitions and greenfield projects. 

1782 - 1786 1825 - 1895 1903 - 1988 2011 - 2016
1782 - 1786

UK Kaolin deposit, UK (1782) > Imerys Minerals Limited
The Cornish deposit was discovered by William Cookworthy. The kaolin was of much finer quality than elsewhere in Europe and marked the beginning of the English white porcelain industry.

Marcognac kaolin deposit, France (1786) > Imerys Tableware France
François Alluaud, the King's geographer & Director of the Royal Porcelain manufacture is the first to extract kaolin from Marcognac deposit. As soon as the creation of the plant, Marcognac appears as a hub of kaolin production, with several small quarries situated around Limoges. In 1909, a member of Alluaud's family at the head of the company renamed the firm into Kaolins et Pâtes Céramiques du Limousin (KPCL).



1825 - 1895

Beauvoir kaolin deposit, France (1825) > Imerys Ceramics France
Pierre Antoine Jouhet, owner of the Beauvoir Castle discovered the kaolin deposit while ploughing the fields around his property. It seemed it was made of good quality and he decided to exploit it.

Newton Abbot, Devon, UK (1856) > Imerys Minerals Limited
Ball clay production site for Sanitaryware, Tableware, Tiles and Technical Porcelain 

Neustadt, Germany (1857) > Imerys Tableware Deutschland
Ceramic bodies production site for Tableware



1903 - 1988

Schmelitz, Germany (1903) > Imerys Tableware Deutschland
Ceramic bodies production site for Tableware

Ploemeur, France (1904) > Imerys Ceramics France
Paul François, engineer from the Côtes d'Armor (Brittany) discovered a high quality kaolin. He set up a plant near the deposit to create his company. 

Spica, Italy (1968) > SpiCa
Ceramic bodies production site for Sanitaryware

Kerikeri halloysite deposit, New Zealand (1969) > Imerys Ceramics New Zealand
The halloysite deposit has been discovered in 1969. The halloysite deposit have very low levels of iron and argued to be the whitest clay in the world. It is notably used for bone china production.

Ranong kaolin deposit, Thailand (1988) > Imerys Ceramics Thailand
The kaolin deposit in Ranong is composed of kaolinite, halloysite & quartz and was the third largest kaolin producing area in Thailand.

2011 - 2016

Acceleration of our growth in new geographies with blending platforms in:

  • Nadiad - India (2011) > Imerys Ceramics India
  • Ramadan City - Egypt (2012) > Imerys Ceramics Egypt
  • Rio Claro - Brazil (2015) > Imerys Ceramics Brazil     
  • Vankaner - India (2015) > Imerys Ceramics India
  • Cilegon - Indonesia (2016) > Imerys Ceramics Indonesia