BICCF member companies produce more than 3.5 million tonnes of calcium carbonate each year and are a vital interface with many thousands of downstream UK manufacturing companies.
Find out more about each of our member companies below.
Founded in 1883, Ben Bennet Jr is a family-run company which owns and operates a steel rolling mill and limestone quarry. The company’s Grange Mill Quarry is located near to Matlock in Derbyshire, where high quality grades of Calcium Carbonate are produced. Ben Bennett is dedicated to the principle of never ending improvements in quality and productivity. The company is external awarded and certified to recognised standards EN ISO 9001:2015
At Grange Mill Quarry Ben Bennett Jr Ltd produce a wide range of products, inclusive of a recycled filler grade which are used in a variety of applications including food, pharmaceuticals, plastics, rubber, glass, sealants and many more.
Imerys Minerals Ltd is a member of the Imerys Group, an international mining company focussing on the processing and use of minerals, including calcium carbonates. Imerys' UK Calcium Carbonate operations are located near Beverley, Humberside, where they extract high brightness chalk from the on-site quarry and process it using crushing, grinding and classification equipment to produce powders of fine and very fine particle sizes. The finest particle size powders are further processed by applying a stearic acid coating to improve processing performance in the plastics industry. Selected materials are also provided as an aqueous slurry for the paint, adhesive and other water-based industries.
Established in 1939 Kilwaughter Minerals is an innovative quarry and mineral processor. The business has grown with a focus on innovation, ambitious growth and a whole hearted approach to the customer experience.
Kilwaughter is a privately-owned business with a rich heritage, created around the quarry in Northern Ireland which has been driven and developed to incorporate two manufacturing operations over 75 acres and 4 distribution centres. These operational facilities are the lynchpin of the company purpose and vision, delivering innovative and high quality products.
Kilwaughter have four brands operating within the construction and agricultural industries throughout the UK & Ireland; K Rend, K Systems, Kilwaughter Lime, K Landscapes.
LKAB Minerals is part of LKAB, a Swedish state-owned company founded in 1890. LKAB Minerals operates internationally across the industrial minerals market and holds a leading position within a number of product applications. It has grown, both organically and through acquisitions, to become a multi-mineral company, supplying raw materials into diverse markets, from agriculture to industrial coatings and construction. LKAB Minerals has deposits, processing facilities and offices in 12 countries and employs 450 people globally.
Our Chalk is sourced from a local high quality, soft white chalk deposit that has been quarried for more than sixty years. These chalk deposits, quarried in East Yorkshire, were formed during the Upper Cretaceous period. The raw material for our FordaCal product range originates from the waste flow of marble off-cuts of dimension stone, quarried in Northern Italy. This exceptionally white, pure calcium carbonate is used in fillers and extenders across a diverse range of applications and, thanks to its use of 100% recycled materials, it has excellent sustainability credentials in accordance with ISO 14021. Limestone filler grades are processed at our Gurney Slade, Wicken and Stockton-on-Tees sites and are used across a range of applications including construction products, road and runway surfacing, animal feed and many others.
Established in 1927, Longcliffe Quarries Ltd has been a long-standing supplier of UK limestone and dolomite, producing over one million tonnes of the calcium carbonate products every year. Their limestone deposits are of particularly high quality, and in combination with their processing techniques, this allows them to offer a broad range of 100 products from large natural blocks to fine granules. They have also built a substantial fleet of bulk tankers and tippers enabling them to establish efficient distribution logistics, with 95% of deliveries scheduled for the next day. Additionally, they have committed to developing new, sustainable ways to manage their sites, such as enhancing the biodiversity surrounding their sites.
McGraths is a family-owned business based in the Cong area in western Ireland with 60 years’ experience in quarrying. Initially focused on the production of limestone for agricultural purposes, the business has since extended into the manufacture of stone and aggregates for the building trade, the production of ready-mix concrete and concrete blocks, and the manufacturing of asphalt. A state-of-the-art extension to their limestone processing facility meant that could also supply flours and grits for glass manufacturing. Now considered an integral part of their rural community, McGraths have grown to become one of the largest employers in a 20-mile radius of their site.
Omya is a leading global producer of industrial minerals – mainly derived from calcium carbonate, dolomite and perlite – and a worldwide distributor of specialty chemicals.
The company provides a wealth of innovative product solutions that contribute to its customers' competitiveness and productivity in multiple industries such as Construction, Paper & Board, Polymers, Food and Personal & Home Care. Omya further provides Environmental Solutions targeting the agriculture, water and energy markets.
Founded in 1884 in Switzerland, Omya has a global presence extending to more than 160 locations in over 50 countries with 9,000 employees.
Committed to implementing the principles of sustainability at all company levels, Omya provides added value products and services from responsibly sourced materials to meet the essential needs of current and future generations.
Founded in 1872, Sibelco has grown into a multinational business with 120 operating sites in 31 countries and an extensive multi-mineral portfolio.
Sibelco high-purity calcium carbonate (CaCO3) is available in ground (GCC) and precipitated (PCC) form. It is used in a range of applications, including ceramic glazes, construction, agriculture and as a blast cleaning abrasive.
Dolomite is the name given to limestone containing a certain proportion of magnesium. It is also referred to as dolomitic limestone (chemical formula CaMg (CO3)2). Sibelco glass-grade dolomite is used in float glass production to improve resistance to natural or chemical attack or weathering.
Sibelco has 14 UK sites, including its UK headquarters in Cheshire.
Specialty Minerals Inc. (SMI) producers high-performance minerals: talc, precipitated calcium carbonate, ground calcium carbonate, lime, dolomite and barites. SMI is the largest producer of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) in the world with 55 plants located in 18 countries. SMI’s parent company, Minerals Technologies Inc. is a New York Stock Exchange traded company with headquarters in New York.
In the UK Specialty Minerals has a manufacturing plant in Birmingham that produces a range of precipitated calcium carbonates for use in a variety of applications and markets that include plastics, sealants, inks, pharmaceuticals and food.
Tarmac is the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business. Their products and services span asphalt, cement, lime, concrete, offsite manufacture, road construction, highways maintenance and recycling services. They have contributed to some of the UK’s biggest construction projects, including Silverstone, Wembley Stadium, Heathrow Terminal 5 and The Shard. Their ambition is to continue to innovate as they help to deliver infrastructure, services and products.