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Circular economy of talc 

We care for the Environment by enabling a Circular Economy of Talc, ensuring a sustainable management and an efficient use of natural resources - Talc is a non renewable resource and, as such, it should be managed responsibly.

Thanks to new technologies such as floatation, optical and electrostatic sorting, etc, we work to recover raw material and reprocess what was once considered mining waste and we commit to always give the  proper  value  to  the  raw materials we make use of.

Talc is a non-renewable resource and, as such, should be managed responsibly. Technological improvements make it possible to recover raw material from what was previously considered waste. The millions of tonnes of mining waste heaps can now be reprocessed - an effort that benefits the environment and the life of the mines and allows natural deposits to be managed wisely.

Using mining waste, reprocessing it and making it possible to reuse them becomes crucial to limit the Group’s impact and seize new solutions and models to do business.

Through a strategic use of resources, it is possible to increase the mines’ life cycle and enable both the Group and the local environment to maximise benefits and opportunities. This is why IMI Fabi has invested and keep investing in state-of-the-art sorting technology at its mines and is reprocessing what was once considered mining waste.

For IMI Fabi, investments in technology represent a key leverage to improve the circular economy of talc. In particular, an optical sorting machine is in operation at Mt. Seabrook in Australia, another one in Pakistan and a doubled floatation line is active in Brazil.

 Not all sites present the same characteristics and thus can be subject to the same approaches – IMI Fabi Spa for instance, in line with the Group approach to ensure a responsible mine’s life cycle and to optimise the use of the resources, make use of the host rock talc extracted to fill the empty spaces within the mine.

This allows the reuse of the host rock talc and, at the same time, to stabilise the mine structure and support the structure security of the mine.

All talc processed in the industrial sites is placed on the market and thus there is no further host rock talc. Other specific IMI Fabi sites instead had greater margin for improvements through new technologies.

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