Imerys Mineral Limited (Imerys) has today announced its future ‘Secondary Aggregates’ processing partners following a comprehensive 15-month tendering process involving all interested parties in the aggregates sector.
Secondary Aggregates is the term used to describe aggregates (crushed rock and sand) which are a by-product of mineral extraction but which also provide the opportunity for use in the construction industry.
The new agreements will come into effect from May 1 and are in line with Imerys’ strategy for focusing on greater sustainability around its operations by reducing the amount of china clay waste sent to tips and increasing the future use of secondary aggregates produced from these by-products.
Imerys’ aggregate partners include Littlejohns-based Brookland Sand and Aggregates Ltd; Denis May & Sons Ltd, based near St Stephen, St Austell; and London building materials and construction services provider, S Walsh and Son Ltd, which will serve the secondary aggregates markets in the south east of England.
Imerys continues to supply materials to Goonvean Aggregates Ltd under an existing partnership agreement.
An Imerys spokesman said: “We are pleased to have made these appointments after a significant and thorough review of the marketplace. We were very keen to ensure that we made every effort to secure partners who best understood our strategic aims and could help us make the most of the aggregate by-products which come from our China Clay production process.
“We look forward to working with all of our partners to deliver this objective.”