Imerys recently announced that it has opened new facilities at its European Technology Center for performance minerals in Toulouse, France. Over an area of approximately 2,500 m², the site will focus Imerys' R&D resources on its key markets while enabling knowledge to be shared with the company's other laboratories elsewhere in Europe, the U.S., and Asia.

The Toulouse laboratory expanded its capacity at the end of 2020 and now employs more than 50 French and international technicians and scientists. Its location in Toulouse means that Imerys will have access to major university and scientific resources throughout a region that is home to major R&D initiatives.

"Focusing our R&D resources at our Toulouse Technology Center of excellence will help us achieve the critical size required to speed up the launch of new mineral solutions which our clients need in their own quest for innovation and performance," said Guillaume Delacroix, vice president in charge of Performance Minerals for EMEA. "We will be able to use this Center to simulate the way in which our mineral solutions can be used in our clients' production processes. The focus will also be on the life cycle of our new products—an increasingly important criterion in the ecological transition that industry in Europe is currently undergoing."

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