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Tuesday 20 September, 2011

Imerys

Step up in minerals for oilfield services marke...

PR Newswire/Les Echos/

Press release

                                                   Paris, September 20, 2011

Imerys announces the inauguration of a proppant production unit and steps up in
                    the minerals for oilfield services market 

Imerys announces today the inauguration, in Andersonville (Georgia, United 
States) of a production unit for ceramic proppants. Produced from minerals 
owned and processed by Imerys, ceramic proppants are beads that keep fractures 
in hydrocarbon reservoirs open, combining great mechanical strength with low 
density.
They are essential to unconventional oil and gas production. Already active in
this market with rod shaped proppants (Propynite(TM)) and mineral drilling
additives, the Group is capitalizing on the broad range of functionalities of
its portfolio of minerals and on its industrial know-how. Imerys is today
significantly stepping up its presence in a new market with high growth
potential.

This development also illustrates Imerys' strategy of growth through
innovation focused on new, fastexpanding markets. It stems from the innovation
program implemented by the Group in recent years and has resulted in 14 patent
filings.

The proppant production unit, representing an investment of around $US 60
million, was built on the Andersonville site (Minerals for Refractories &
Oilfield). It benefits from its infrastructures and ready access to mineral
reserves. Annual production is in excess of 100,000 tons and is covered by
multi-year contracts.
After the commissioning and ramp-up phases, the new line will be fully
operational by the end of 2011. In a context of firm growth in demand, the
project should create value from the first year of operation.

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The world leader in adding value to minerals, Imerys is active in 47 countries
with more than 240 sites and achieved more than EUR3.3 billion in sales in 2010.
Combining high-quality mineral resources with advanced industrial know-how and
technologies, the Group designs, manufactures and sells mineral-based
specialties that enable its customers to improve product performance or process
efficiency. Imerys' specialties have applications in a wide range of
industries, including construction, food, personal care, paper, paint, plastics,
ceramics, telecommunications and energy. More comprehensive information on
Imerys can be found on the Group's website (www.imerys.com).

Warning on projections and forward-looking statements: This document contains
projections and other forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that
such projections and forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and
uncertainties (many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the
control of Imerys) that could cause actual results and developments to differ
materially from those expressed or implied.

Analyst/Investor Relations
Pascale Arnaud - +33 (0)1 49 55 63 91
[email protected]

Press Contacts:
Pascale Arnaud - +33 (0)1 49 55 63 91
Matthieu Roquet-Mont├ęgon - +33 (0)6 16 92 80 65
                      
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