Fordacal - Exceptionally white, pure calcium carbonate fillers and extenders

LKAB Minerals offers Fordacal 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.

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Not only are our 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.

Fordacal benefits

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
  • reduce energy
  • improving surface gloss
  • increase output
  • improving thermal conductivity

Applications for marble offcuts

Our 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 our marble chips some of the purest, brightest in the market, but an audit also confirmed that all products in the Fordacal range are made using 100% recycled material, meeting ISO14021.

Independent auditing concluded that:

  • Our product range is made using 100% recycled materials that would otherwise go unused and be wasted
  • No virgin marble is ever quarried to help produce our marble powder range
  • We source all marble in the rangefrom 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:
    • washed
    • sorted
    • crushed
  • 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
Fordacal - marble product

Portfolio of calcium carbonate fillers

The Fordacal range is available in six particle sizes ranging from 8 to 150 microns:

Product grade
50% Passing Microns
99% Passing Microns
Fordacal 8
Fordacal 12
Fordacal 22
Fordacal 25
Fordacal 50
Fordacal 150

Stock and logistics

All products are available to collect from our Somerset mill in:

  • bulk loads
  • 1,000 kg big bags
  • 25 kg sacks

We transport the raw material to our mill at Gurney Slade in Somerset, which is 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.

Physical Properties

Specific Gravity
Hardness Mohs Scale
Brightness (CIE)
2.72 kg/L
0.3% Max.
90 Min

Marble offcuts of Italian origin

The raw material we use for our product range comes from the waste flow from the off-cuts of dimension stone, quarried in Carrara, Italy. This country is 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 meeting ISO 14021.

Fordacal toxicology

The marble off-cuts are non-toxic natural minerals. For further information, please download the Safety Data Sheets from the documentation tab.

FAQs give answers to the most asked questions. If you cannot find your question, please contact us directly.

  • What is the EU-REACH status for Fordacal?


    As a naturally occurring mineral, Fordacal is exempt from the EU-REACH regulations.

  • What are the grades for Fordacal products?


    All marble grades range from D50 of 8 micron to 150 micron.

  • What colour is the Fordacal?


    Fordacal is an exceptional white powder. 92% and above

  • How is the marble powder product packed?


    In 25kg paper sacks and 1000kg bulk bags. However our Fordacal is also available from a bulk powder tanker.

  • Do you deliver Fordacal?


    Yes, we can deliver at a price based on your location, or you can collect from our Somerset site.

  • Do you keep stock of your Fordacal products?


    Yes, we have seven silos all at 90 tonnes. Additionally, we have the capacity for all bulk loads and have a select number of 25kgs sacks marble powder in stock.

  • What is your average lead time for Fordacal?


    Bulk – two to four working days from date of order
    Bags – seven working days from date of order

  • What is the minimum order quantity for Fordacal?


    We accept minimum orders of 500kg in paper sacks, stacked on a pallet and shrink-wrapped up to 26 tonnes on 26 pallets.
    Bulk orders have a minimum order quantity of 28 tonnes.

  • Where are you based?


    We are based in Somerset:

    The White House

    Gurney Slade


    BA3 4UU

    Here you will find our customer service, the plant and The Mill. You can also collect your order here.