Industrial Minerals Association Europe, Belgium

IMA-Europe is an umbrella organisation, counting to date ten European associations specific to individual minerals and representing the producers of calcium carbonate (GCC, PCC) and dolomite (CCA-Europe), bentonite (EUBA), lime (EuLA), borates (EBA), kaolin & plastic clays (KPC-Europe), feldspar (EUROFEL), industrial silica (quartz and cristobalite) (EUROSIL), talc (EUROTALC), diatomite (IDPA), sepiolite, vermiculite, mica, andalusite and wollastonite (ESMA). IMA-Europe’s current membership is drawn from about 500 companies or groups, employing around 42.000 people and producing 180 million tons/year of industrial minerals for a value exceeding EUR 10 billion in 23 EU Member States, plus Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine. In each of its member associations, IMA-Europe counts the main EU producers of industrial minerals.

Since the early times of its creation mid-1990, IMA-Europe is an active member of the Raw Materials Supply Group. IMA contributed to the development of DG ENTR Sustainable Development Indicators, DG ENVI Natura 2000 Guidelines for the NEEI, signed the first social dialogue multi-sectoral agreement (NEPSI), took part in the Raw Materials Initiative deployment as well as the development of the contributing to the Criticality WG and the Land-Use planning WG. IMA is also a contributor to the Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Goals policy agenda.