LKAB Minerals offers marble off-cuts from Northern Italy. Our customers use the exceptionally white, pure calcium carbonate fillers and extenders in a range of applications. Particularly when whiteness is of paramount importance.
Fordacal - Exceptionally white, pure calcium carbonate fillers and extenders
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Not only are Fordacal marble powders some of the purest and brightest on the market, but all products in the Fordacal range are also made using 100% recycled material, meeting ISO 14021. This fact can help you to achieve compliance with sustainable or eco products.
You can use our mineral extenders as a commercially interesting alternative to polymer in several thermoplastic resins. The calcium carbonate content offers a range of benefits:
- helping to decrease surface energy
- improving opacity
- improving surface gloss
- improving thermal conductivity
- reduce energy
- increase output
Applications for marble offcuts
The Fordacal portfolio of very white marble powders provides functional fillers for use in compound formulations where purity and brightness are essential, including:
Sustainable certified solution
Not only are Fordacal marble chips some of the purest, brightest in the market, but an audit confirmed that all products in the Fordacal range are made using 100% recycled material, meeting ISO14021.
Independent auditing concluded that:
- Fordacal is made using 100% recycled materials that would otherwise go unused and be wasted
- No virgin marble is ever quarried to help produce the Fordacal range
- We source all marble in the Fordacal range is from the Carrara region of Northern Italy
- Every week we produce large volumes of marble offcuts as part of this cutting process
- Offcuts are taken to a processing site in Italy where they are:
- At all times, we monitor and check the marble to prevent any contamination
- At our Gurney Slade site, we milled the marble chips in our specialist facilities to create the Fordacal range
Portfolio of calcium carbonate fillers
The Fordacal range is available in six particle sizes ranging from 8 to 150 microns:
Stock and logistics
All products are available to collect from our Somerset mill in:
- bulk loads
- 1,000 kg big bags
- 25 kg sacks
The raw material is transported to our mill at Gurney Slade in Somerset, one of the largest of its type in Europe. Here we mill large quantities to very fine tolerances, using state of the art air classification systems. The site has over 6,000 tonnes of raw material storage plus 1,000 tonnes of finished product storage in 10 bulk silos.
Marble offcuts of Italian origin
The raw material we use for the Fordacal range comes from the waste flow from the off-cuts of dimension stone, quarried in Carrara, Italy – home to one of the world’s whitest and purest marble deposits, rarely found in commercial quantities.
As well as its exceptional whiteness, the Fordacal range provides a cost-effective solution and, thanks to its use of 100% recycled materials, unbeatable sustainability credentials[link to certification].
The marble off-cuts are non-toxic natural minerals. For further information, please download the Safety Data Sheets from the documentation tab.
What is the EU-REACH status for Fordacal?+
As a naturally occurring mineral, Fordacal is exempt from the EU-REACH regulations.
LKAB Minerals acquired full ownership of Francis Flower. With this acquisition we have extended our product range with Flowdol – a Dolomite based product.
More detailed information on the product, related projects, datasheets and contact information can be found on the dedicated product website.