Three Decades of
Founded in 1985 by Mr. Prasad Koneru, a pioneering figure in the
minerals business since 1973, Trimex Group was established to fill
the demand-supply gap for quality industrial minerals to the oil
drilling industry. Three decades on, the Group has evolved into
one of the world’s leading minerals and metals conglomerate
with interests in all areas of the minerals supply chain, from
mining and logistics to processing and research & development.
Located in India, Indonesia, Singapore and UAE, the Group’s
outstanding success is the result of strategic diversification
through forward and backward integration across all aspects
of the mineral value chain, leading to an exponential growth
in assets and market capitalization in the last decade. With its
visionary leadership and dedication to excellence, the Group
continues to strengthen its leadership position by prospecting,
mining, sourcing, processing, shipping and delivering minerals
and metals to the region’s leading oil drilling, ceramic, glass,
construction, energy and fertiliser organisations.
30 Years Sourcing | Processing | Delivering
30 Different Minerals
Trimex - The journey to success
Inauguration of Trimex Sands Heavy
mineral separation project in India.
Srikurmam Mineral Sands project
commissioned. Started commercial
production in June.
Established MEC, one of the largest
greenfield coal mine developments in Asia.
Obtained the license to build Indonesia’s
first private railway, 130 kms from the mines
to the loading jetty.
JV agreement between LAVIOSA
CHIMICA MINERARIA S.P.A., Italy & Trimex
Industries (P) Ltd. in April.
Trimex Sands granted Prospecting
licenses in March for 40 sq kms area
(Kalingapatnam & Bhavanapadu deposits
covering 20 sq kms each).
Formed RAK Minerals and Metals
Investments, for minerals and base metals.
Formed RAKINDO, a JV with RAKEEN, for
Real Estate development in India.
Construction starts for the processing
plant in Kuwait.
Group expands into Heavy Minerals with
First mining lease for Srikurmam deposit
granted in Feb for an area of 7.2 sq kms
Vatsavalsa & Tonangi villages of Gara
Mandal, Srikakulam District, Andhra
Group ventures into real estate business in
MOU with AP Govt during partnership
summit for development of beach sand
100% expansion of the grinding unit
at Jebel Ali, Dubai.
Group turnover touches USD 100 million.
First processing plant established
in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
Trade touches a million tons, positioning
Trimex as a leading player.
All Middle East operations shifted to Dubai
from Abu Dhabi.
Established Trimex Industries, India backward integration strategy.
Founded by Mr. Prasad Koneru,
in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Trimex Barite &
RAK Minerals &
Minerals, Energy &
Armenia | Congo | India | Indonesia | Kuwait | Singapore | Thailand | United Arab Emirates
Trimex Industries commenced operations in 1985 to
manage group assets in India. It started by focusing on the
production and export of Barite and Bentonite, and has
since expanded its mineral operations including a recent
foray into the extraction of heavy minerals via Trimex Sands.
Trimex Industries mines and procures raw materials from
various mines and processes them to meet customer
requirements. It provides the equipment, infrastructure,
manpower and logistics to improve production efficiency.
Currently, Trimex Industries holds mineral sales agreements
for a number of Iron Ore and Bauxite mines. It produces
more than 1.2 million tons of Iron Ore and 300,000 metric
tons of Bauxite per annum. The company is also developing
processing hubs to handle and process Barite, Bentonite
and Calcium Carbonate.
Trimex Sands was formed to harness the rich heavy minerals in the
beach sands on the east coast of India. Granted a mining lease of
7.2 sq kms stretch of coastline in the Srikakulam district of Andhra
Pradesh, the company has set up Mining and Mineral separation facilities
in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh to produce various heavy minerals like
Ilmenite (200,000 TPA), Rutile (6,000 TPA), Zircon (5,000 TPA), Garnet
(39,000 TPA) and Sillimanite (46,000 TPA) from beach sands based on
the Srikurmam deposit.
The Company is now expanding their business interest at
Kalingapatnam-Bhavanapadu Mineral Deposit, adjacent to
Srikurmam deposit. Granted the prospecting license for 40 sq kms at
Kalingapatnam-Bhavanapadu, it has completed prospecting within the
granted area and based on the Prospecting report has applied for mining
lease which is under process. The detailed feasibility study has been
commissioned for beneficiating 300,000 MTPA of Ilmenite with SRK
Consultants, U.K and Bateman Minerals, South Africa. Project execution
is expected to commence mid 2011.
The Group identified Titanium related business as ‘Opportunity of the
future’. Having already invested USD 555 mn in Phase-I of the Mining
and Mineral Separation project and after successful commissioning of
the plant, it now plans to set up an Integrated World Class Titanium
Complex in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
The vision involves mining, separation of Ilmenite and other Co-minerals,
production of TiO2 Pigment and further value addition to Ti-Metal,
currently being produced in CIS countries, USA, Japan & China. The
company plans to set up the above facilities in Phases until fiscal 2017-18.
It has already finalised plans for USD 9 bn investment. The investment
will go towards the expansion of extraction areas, increase of processing
capacity, technology up-gradation and research & development of high
value and premium products, thereby fulfilling the Group’s vision of
becoming Asia’s largest Industrial Minerals Business House through a
fully integrated value chain.
The International Operations
Trimex International was incorporated in Dubai in 1985. Initially, the
organisation was involved in the trading of industrial minerals in the
Gulf and international markets. Under Mr. Madhu Koneru, Trimex
International has grown rapidly through diversification and vertical
integration, which included mining, processing and the creation of
strategic joint ventures to cater to specific business needs.
Trimex Trading trades in Barite, Bentonite, Bauxite, Gypsum, Dolomite,
Rock Phosphate, Iron Ore and other such industrial minerals for the
oil drilling, cement, ceramic, glass, fertilisers, iron & steel industries. Its
client base comprises of world leaders like Halliburton, Schlumberger,
Hindustan Lever, Coromondel Fertilisers Ltd., NPCC Abu Dhabi among
Trimex Processing has two plants in the Middle East, one in Kuwait
and the other in Ras Al Khaimah. Both hubs process ore sourced from
around the world and then ship the high quality product to countries
across the region. The UAE plant is equipped with a world-class laboratory,
fitted with latest equipment for quality control and research & development,
and has been awarded ISO 9001 : 2000. The company is currently in the
process of setting up similar processing plants in the Far East.
Ceramin provides turnkey minerals solutions for the ceramics industry,
delivering Kaolin, Ball Clay and Feldspar to ceramic manufacturers
throughout the Middle East, Far East and Europe. From surveying and
exploration to mining and processing, Ceramin’s vision is to deliver
cost-effective regional resources for the ceramics industry. It owns
Sodium and Potassium Feldspar processing plants in Thailand, UAE and
India. It processes Kaolin and Ball Clay in Indonesia. In addition, the
company has state-of-art Zircon micronising plant (Opacifier grade) in
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, with a production capacity of 13000 mt per year.
RAK Minerals & Metals Investments
Rak Minerals and Metals Investments (RMMI) is the result of a strong
partnership between RAK Investment Authority (RAKIA) and Trimex
Group. It was founded as part of the RAK Government’s strategy to cater
to the growing demand for mineral and metal resources for the Emirate’s
various industrial ventures, and to identify emerging opportunities
worldwide. RMMI today is a holding company with two subsidiaries RAK Coal & Energy and RAK Minerals & Metals.
RAK Coal & Energy
Rak Coal and Energy is pursuing opportunities to own major coal mines in
the Asia-Pacific region. Coal mined from this region will be shipped to the
UAE for conversion into energy resources.
RAK Minerals & Metals (Congo & Armenia)
RMM is a venture founded to pursue opportunities in base metals
and minerals, such as Copper, Lead, Zinc, Limestone and Aggregates.
The company has currently identified significant opportunities in the
Democratic Republic of Congo, primarily in the mining and processing of
Copper, Limestone and Aggregates. Significant stakes have been acquired
in two companies holding vast Copper mines, and one company with
mining concessions for Limestone and Aggregate. The company has also
acquired controlling stake in large Copper mines in Armenia and is in the
process of setting up a Copper smelter in the region.
Energy & Infrastructure
Minerals, Energy & Commodities(MEC)
MEC is leading the development of an integrated infrastructure and
industrial complex in East Kalimantan Province of Indonesia. This is part of
MEC’s long-term strategy that will sustainably utilize resources, encourage
economic growth, create over 5000 local jobs and raise living standards in
the region. The project includes the development of one of Asia’s largest
greenfield coal mines, building Indonesia’s first private railway, and an
industrial port that will facilitate commodities shipping throughout the
region. The diversified industrial complex will include:
Located in Muara Wahau with 1.5 - 2 bn metric tons in coal resources and a
production capacity of 34 mn tons per annum
The first private rail line in Indonesia, with an investment of USD 1 bn, between
Muara Wahau and Bengalon
An industrial port terminal in Bengalon to be built with USD 250 mn
investment, to facilitate commodities shipping throughout Asia Pacific region
Possible Future Development
USD 1.5 bn investment in partnership with NALCO. The 1,400 megawatt power
plant will transform power supply in the region
USD 2 bn investment with NALCO to build 500,000 tons p.a. capacity
aluminum smelter, will ensure a diversified industrial growth in East Kalimantan.
Founded by Madhu Koneru, MEC Foundation is pioneering a new
model for growth, community development and mutual benefit. MEC
Foundation is committed to long-term, holistic, sustainable development
In September 2010 MEC announced a Commitment to Action through
the Clinton Global Initiative. Madhu Koneru joined former president
Bill Clinton and numerous public and private sector leaders in New York
City to announce “Holistic Sustainable Development for East Kutai”
Commitment to Action that is targeted at residents of 15 villages in East
Kutai in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The program is intended to offer
residents greater access to clean drinking water, healthcare through the
use of free medical clinics and education.
MEC, in partnership with the Ras Al Khaimah Investment
Authority, has established MEC Coal to develop one of the
largest greenfield coal mines in Asia, located in East Kalimantan,
Indonesia. MEC Coal, through its Indonesian subsidiary PT Tekno
Orbit Persada, has thermal coal resources of Approx 1.5 - 2 bn
metric tons with an upward potential of an additional 2 bn MT
within the East Kutai regency of East Kalimantan province.
The current reserve of approximately 700 MT is hosted in two
adjoining coal blocks, which have the potential to produce
17 mn metric tons per annum (MTPA) each during the first phase
of production. The Exploration license for the 5000 hectares
of land is acquired, Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS), Bankable
Feasibility Study, Environmental Study and land acquisition are
The coal reserve here comprise vast resources of thermal coal
with low sulphur and ash content, an open pit with single seam
operation of 33 meters deep (mean thickness), an overall strip
ratio of approximately 1.3 in both blocks and 90% of seams cored
having recoveries exceeding 95%.
A commitment towards the
The Trimex Group believes in a holistic, integrated approach to business
with long-term perspective, comprehensive development, social justice and
sustainability in mind. The Group’s goals are aligned with larger societal goals,
such as infrastructure development, creating job opportunities and attracting
further investment. Around the world, the Group and its companies are
working relentlessly to create a positive difference by engaging with residents
at a local level.
Trimex Sands is pioneering the Group’s efforts in India by raising living
standards in the 10 villages surrounding its operations in Andhra Pradesh.
The efforts include:
• Offering employment and training to the local community.
• Providing tube lights, bulbs and other fittings to ensure that every house in
all the 10 villages has adequate lighting.
• In the process of improving connecting roads between villages and larger,
all-weather roads in the area.
• Establishing a medical clinic and setting up two camps to screen villagers for
pre-existing medical conditions. Nearly 800 villagers already screened.
• Repairing religious buildings and funeral facilities using company’s funding.
• Constructing a compound wall at a primary village school and providing
school bags to nearly 800 children.
In Indonesia, Trimex Group subsidiary MEC has made a Commitment to
Action through the Clinton Global Initiative that will serve as the initial step in
a long-term community development plan in the country’s East Kalimantan
province.The commitment, Holistic Sustainable Development for East Kutai,
is targeted at residents of 15 villages in East Kalimantan. Working through its
corporate foundation, Yayasan MEC, the company intends to deliver:
• Improved access to clean drinking water.
• Wider availability of healthcare through medical clinics.
• Greater educational opportunities through the provision of bus
transportation for school children.
MEC has also provided USD 500,000 sponsorship to Indonesia’s Pintar charity,
which works to increase educational opportunities for underprivileged youths.
By working hand-in-hand with the community, MEC envisages creating a
What sets us apart
We believe in expertise and experience that resonate across the
organisation. We seek to hire the best, and we provide each of
them with the opportunity and the freedom to apply their skills,
reach their full potential and in so doing, exceed expectations.
Investment in R&D
We believe in achieving excellence by constantly and proactively
seeking new grounds. We are innovators, and our investment in
the latest technology and sharpest minds bears testament to this
We are resolutely focused on the needs of the end user. From the
remotest mines right to our customers’ doorstep, we dedicate our
efforts to delivering better resources more cost effectively.
The cornerstone of our success is our adherence to the highest
quality standards in everything we produce, and in setting industry
Trimex Group has rapidly expanded over the years because of
our ability to venture into uncharted waters, boldly investing in
opportunities that others fail to see. Trusting our instincts, we act
swiftly and commit to seizing the rewards of viable prospects.
Founder & Chairman
Prasad Koneru is the Founder-Chairman and Chief Mentor of the Trimex Group that
has global business operations across three business lines - Mining, Processing and
Trading. He is currently guiding the group into new verticals & businesses. With wide
ranging experience across several industry sectors spanning industrial raw minerals,
real estate development, trading, shipping and logistics, Prasad spearheads a group
of companies engaged in laterally integrated activities. He is currently the Managing
Director of Rakindo Developers Pvt. Ltd. (50 - 50 JV between Trimex Group and Rakeen
Pvt Ltd; UAE (PJSC) Company promoted by Government of Ras Al Khaimah).
He sincerely believes that all those who work in his Group companies across the
globe form his large family. Through the Koneru Prasad Foundation, Prasad is involved
in extensive philanthropist activities including setting up free clinics and schools in
Andhra Pradesh, India. In addition to his Group’s business, Koneru performs a key
role in promoting investments between UAE and India. He liaises between the State
Governments in India and UAE and has espoused many such initiatives across various
sectors - Manufacturing, Real Estate, IT, etc.
With his vast hands-on experience & astute business acumen, Prasad has built the group
into becoming a global leader in the field of industrial minerals covering industries like
ceramics, oil exploration etc. Trimex Group has recently ventured into heavy metals,
processing beach sand on the east coast of India. It is the first private company in India
processing heavy minerals like Illuminate, Garnet & Zircon.
Prasad’s global business vision and deep sense of understanding of major opportunities in
various verticals has driven the Group to foray into Real Estate & Infrastructure. His vision
of a green, healthy living has seen the birth of a revolutionary entity in RAKINDO - a real
estate JV with the Government of Ras Al Khaimah, primarily focusing on development
of large, self-contained integrated townships with world-class standards and amenities in
various parts of India. The turnover is expected to cross USD 5 bn in the next 5 years.
Group Executive Director
Madhu Koneru played an integral role in transforming the Trimex Group as
one of the top specialty value chain providers of industrial minerals for the
As Executive Vice Chairman of MEC, Madhu leads pioneering investments in
Indonesia. MEC’s USD 5 billion development of integrated industrial facilities
includes building Indonesia’s first private railway, a 130 kilometer-long line and
developing one of the largest greenfield coal mines in Asia, in East Kalimantan
Province of Indonesia. MEC will transform East Kalimantan Province into a
model for the future of Indonesia.
Prior to establishing MEC, Madhu’s involvement in the Group’s core business
activities has seen RAK Minerals and Metals Investments (RMMI), a JV
between the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority and Trimex, evolve into a
trans-global USD 2 billion conglomerate, expanding into Africa, Europe, India
and the Middle East. His business acumen was instrumental in developing the
strategic partnerships that ultimately led to MEC’s launch.
Madhu is a member of the Board of Directors of RMMI, Padaeng Industries
PLC, a zinc mining and smelter company that owns the only zinc smelter plant
in South-east Asia and Al Ghanem Industrial Company in Kuwait. He is also a
member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Executive Director and CEO
Pradeep Koneru has been instrumental in the development of the Iron Ore,
Barite and Bauxite businesses for the Trimex Group. He has successfully
transformed the company from a trading-focused firm to a mining and
processing entity. Under his leadership, Trimex has established itself as the
preferred supplier of various industrial minerals across the globe and has seen
robust growth with its annual turnover increasing multifold.
The company has received the Special Export Award from Capexil for three
consecutive years from 2004 to 2006. In 2009, Trimex was also confered with
the Niryat Shree Gold Trophy by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations
for its outstanding performance in the industry.
Having identified Titanium as the metal of the future, Pradeep initiated the
Heavy Mineral Sand mining project, for the extraction and separation of mineral
rich beach sands. His strategic guidance led to the setting up of a world class
project at Srikakulam town in Andhra Pradesh. This project is the first of its
kind that is being developed by a private sector company with cutting edge
extraction, processing, and enviro-sustainability technologies.
Pradeep has been responsible in establishing joint ventures with both public
and private sector companies. He introduced an element of value addition to
the mining and processing areas and spearheaded Trimex Group’s expansion
into the heavy mineral sand mining industry.
Pradeep is currently the Executive Director for Trimex Industries and Trimex
Sands. In addition, he is also the Director for Pradeep Shipping and Logistics.