In 2020, Sibelco completed the acquisition of two producers of high quality clay in the Donbass region of Ukraine. The acquisition will enable Sibelco to provide you with additional materials for porcelain ceramic products.

An evolving market

The market for tiles and ceramics is evolving rapidly with growing demand for high-end ceramics products such as slabs and technical porcelain tiles and increasing demand for whiter, wider and more wear-resistant tiles. The best quality raw materials for the tile industry are without question Ukrainian clays, which offer a number of advantages including high mechanical and bonding strength and the ability to guarantee reduced linear shrinkage and consequently superior flatness in the case of large sizes.

How ball clays can help

Sibelco’s ball clays provide benefits such as:

  • high fusibility features that reduce the final porosity of the ceramic body and increase the speed of the firing cycle;
  • a white-firing colour which improves the colour of fired tiles thereby reducing the usage of engobe in porcelain glazed tiles;
  • a low level of organic matter that allows a fast firing cycle.

All of these benefits contribute to superior products and an increased production yield.

A long history in quality clays

Sibelco is a long-standing leader in clays for ceramics and tiles and produces clays in Ukraine, UK, Germany, Russia and Indonesia. Sibelco’s operations are supported by applied technology laboratories in Europe and Asia. The acquisition of Euromineral and Kurdyumovsky Plant adds a further 400,000 tonnes of annual capacity to Sibelco’s product portfolio.

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