IMERYS Performance Minerals & Pigments Asia Pacific to Increase Ground Calcium Carbonate Prices

    SINGAPORE, November 6 /CNW/ - IMERYS Performance Minerals & Pigments Asia
Pacific will raise prices on all ground calcium carbonate (GCC) products by an
average of 15% with effect from December 1, 2007, as contracts allow. The
increase will apply to marble chips and all associated processed products,
including GCC powders and slurry, throughout the Asia Pacific region.

    Significant cost pressures in mining, local logistics, chemicals and
ocean freight are key drivers for the announced price increase. Despite
Imerys' continued efforts to offset these increasing costs, this price
increase is necessary to achieve a sustainable pigment and marble raw material
business and meet the demands of our customers.

    Notes to editors:

    IMERYS Performance Minerals & Pigments is a business group created by the
merger of Performance Minerals and Pigments for Paper activities.

    The Performance Minerals activity provides customers with tailor-made
solutions in a highly technical field, based on the processing of kaolins,
carbonates, feldspar, mica and ball clays. The development of partnerships
with customers is essential within the value-added markets of performance
minerals comprising plastics, rubber, coatings, adhesives, caulks and
sealants, health, beauty & nutrition.

    As a world leading producer of white pigments, manufacturing kaolin,
ground calcium carbonate (GCC) and precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), the
business group also serves the needs of the international paper industry. We
offer tailor made solutions to our customers, combining a strong technical
understanding of our products and their applications, to compliment the
natural value of the minerals we supply. We have a world class team striving
for superior products and technical excellence.

    IMERYS Performance Minerals & Pigments employs 4,733 people, operates 80
industrial sites in 22 countries and represents 35% of Imerys' overall

For further information:

For further information: IMERYS Pigments for Paper Spencer Farmer, +44
(0)776 664 1967 Global Marketing Director or IMERYS
Performance Minerals and Pigments Asia Pacific Jonathan Wilson, VP and General
Manager, +65 6799 6871

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