Industrial minerals serve as input products at the beginning of a long value-added chain. Without silica sand, kaolin, feldspar or other minerals, our world would look very different! Every one of us consumes some 12 tons of industrial minerals per year, e.g. for the household, the automobile or the computer. Many industries would be unable to manufacture their products without the kinds of materials we provide.
Of course, the extraction of minerals is not without its cost to the environment. We however take our responsibility for the environment seriously. We go to great lengths to re-nature those areas where extraction has taken place, and they often end up providing an ecosystem for many types of rare flora and fauna. Working hand in hand with environmental groups and local initiatives, we are always planning how best to ensure the long-term sustainability and health of the environment.