"Imagine the Future with Industrial Minerals" - IMA-Europe 20th Anniversary Conference held on 24 September 2014

The IMA-Europe 20th Anniversary Conference was held in Brussels on 24 September 2014. It was dedicated to the future of industrial minerals, with presentations on the future of industry by Philippe Destatte, historian and futurist, and on the future of the industrial minerals sector. Speakers from the industry illustrated the sector's ambitions on specific issues: health and safety at the workplace, and innovation. Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Cabinet of the European Commission ad interim for Industry and Enterprise), Daniel J. Reuss (CEO Omya Region Europe & IMA-Europe President), Torkel Rhenman (CEO Lhoist Group), Sven H. Schultheis (Group Vice-President Business Unit Functional Materials, Clariant), Danny Croon (Environment Director EUROFER), debated on the future of the industrial minerals extraction in Europe. Mattia Pellegrini closed the conference with a key note speech, which was followed by the IMA-Europe Safety Awards Ceremony.

IMA-Europe wishes to warmly thank the sponsors who made this event possible:


The New Industrial Paradigm by Philippe Destatte, Futurist

The New Industrial Paradigm, by Philippe Destatte from valpb

Philippe Destatte is CEO of the Destree Institute in Belgium, and Foresight Associate Professor in Paris-Diderot and Reims Universities. He gave a presentation on the New Industrial Paradigm, or the transformations that are shaping the future of industry in Europe.

Imagine Society in 2050: The Industrial Minerals Sector, an Indispensable Partner in Innovation

by John van Put, Group Strategic Development at Sibelco

The industrial minerals sector, an indispensable partner in innovation, by John van Put from valpb

John van Put presented several examples how Sibelco is working to reduce its footprint, by actively seeking innovative ways to increase recycling rates, improving energy usage, reducing its GHG emissions and its water usage. He explained that industrial minerals have an essential role in supporting and realizing innovations, towards a sustainable way of living in 2050.

Imerys Safety System

by Christopher Sheehey, Esq.

Christopher Sheehey is Vice President, Global Environmental, Health and Safety Group Sustainable Development Coordinator. He presents an introduction to the Imerys Safety System, its implementation and monitoring.


Imagine the Future with Industrial Minerals




IMA-Europe 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony

IMA-Europe 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony

IMA-Europe 20th Anniversary Conference

IMA-Europe 20th Anniversary Conference