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IMAGINE Society in 2050: 
The Industrial Minerals sector, an 
indispensable partner in Innovation 
By John van Put 
Direct...
“Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” 
Trends 2050 – A Growing Population
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Trends 2050 – Rising Living Standards ...
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We need to Decouple Resource Use from ...
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Finding solutions to use less and make...
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Sibelco – Choosing the path of innovat...
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Our products and their applications – ...
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Our products and their applications – ...
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Our products and their applications: S...
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Our products and their applications: H...
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Our products and their applications: Z...
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Sibelco – Choosing the path of innovat...
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Selling the “whole pig” – Balancing th...
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Our operations - Use of Renewable Ener...
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Our operations - Energy Efficiency & G...
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Our operations - Energy Efficiency & G...
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Our operations - Energy Efficiency & G...
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Our operations – Minimize the use of W...
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On the road to 2050: 
The Industrial M...
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The industrial minerals sector, an indispensable partner in innovation, by John van Put

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

  1. 1. IMAGINE Society in 2050: The Industrial Minerals sector, an indispensable partner in Innovation By John van Put Director Group Strategic Development at Sibelco Brussels, 24 September 2014
  2. 2. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Trends 2050 – A Growing Population
  3. 3. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Trends 2050 – Rising Living Standards & Urbanisation
  4. 4. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” We need to Decouple Resource Use from Population Growth ENERGY WATER FOOD LAND MATERIALS USE LESS & MAKE BETTER USE PER CAPITA
  5. 5. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Finding solutions to use less and make better use of our resources
  6. 6. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Sibelco – Choosing the path of innovation towards a sustainable future USE LESS & MAKE BETTER USE Our operations • Reducing our global footprint • Sell “the whole pig” • Energy Efficiency • GHG reduction • Water usage • Land usage • … Our products and their applications • Focus on mining products for high value applications • Finding solutions to help to reduce society’s global footprint
  7. 7. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our products and their applications – Sustainable energy: Solar 7 Raw material (Silicon) Metallurgical grade quartz feedstock Ingot Molten Si held in fused silica crucibles (HPQ) Ingot squaring using silicon carbide slurry wiresaws Wafer sawing Using SiC slurry wiresaws Cells using minerals for Wafer glass, filler minerals for EVA polymer encapsulation, fluoropolymers Module System  Silica sand  HPQ  fluorspar  Filler minerals
  8. 8. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our products and their applications – Sustainable energy: Wind  a single 3MW turbine needs 1,2 Kt of concrete (cement and aggregates)  Fiberglass – Kaolin, borates, alumina, lime, silica sand, soda ash  Epoxy resins – filler minerals such as calcium carbonate, talc, wollastonite  Rare earths (magnets, a single 3MW turbine needs 2 tons of REE) Share of renewable in power, % 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 % Non OECD Europe World Other OECD 1990 2000 2010 2020 2030  End-of-life blades can be used as a raw material to the cement industry – the blades ash forms part of the clinker matrix of cement
  9. 9. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our products and their applications: Support innovation through High-Value, New or Better performing mineral products Development of flame retardants and filler minerals for plastics 9 Lower iron raw materials for higher transmission glasses Anti-sticking of minerals in plastic films and food packaging DNA technology in Resign Coated Sand – to monitor well productivity EXAMPLS
  10. 10. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our products and their applications: High Value, Recyclable & with Zero-Waste 2014 Low Value Applications From downcycling end-of-life High Value Applications 2050 High Value Applications Recyclable Applications Consumption
  11. 11. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our products and their applications: Zero-waste through Recycling glass collection logistics 1 Ton of Glass = 1 Ton of Cullet glass treatment Glass selling Glass production Cullet Sibelco High 5 – Antwerp Sibelco High 5 – Antwerp Example: Bottle Glass Recycling
  12. 12. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Sibelco – Choosing the path of innovation towards a sustainable future USE LESS & MAKE BETTER USE Our operations • Reducing our global footprint • Sell “the whole pig” • Use of Renewable Energy • Energy Efficiency & GHG Emission Reduction • Minimize Water Usage • We are a Temporary Guest • … Our products and their applications • Need to move towards a circular economy with a focus on mining products for high value applications • Finding solutions to reduce society’s global footprint
  13. 13. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Selling the “whole pig” – Balancing the quarry 13 Layer C3.3 Crystal Glass Layer C2 Construction Layer C1 Sports & Leisure Overburden Layer C3.2 Flat Glass Layer C3.1 Foundry
  14. 14. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our operations - Use of Renewable Energy Maasmechelen Dessel Lommel
  15. 15. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our operations - Energy Efficiency & GHG Emission Reduction • Co-generation (CHP) in several plants • Re-use of process heat, e.g. to heat offices CHP generator Air-to –Air Heat Exchanger
  16. 16. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our operations - Energy Efficiency & GHG Emission Reduction Recovery of potential energy (Robilante)
  17. 17. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our operations - Energy Efficiency & GHG Emission Reduction • Optimized mining • Slope inclination optimization • Seasonal mining • Transportation: • Mobile fleet energy management • Moving material internally & externally • Site energy management • Monitor energy consumption • Avoid energy-peaks and running of installation/equipment in idle-time • Switch towards LED-lighting • Replace primary raw materials (minerals) by secondary raw materials (recycled IMs & byproducts ) that are less humid • With customers • The “Seamless Customer-Supplier Organization”: a truly open cooperation and collaboration, to share knowledge to solve problems and eliminate waste across the entire supply chain • ... Conveyor belt extensions (Minnesota) Variable Frequency Drives – Control pump motors to reduce energy by control flow via the motor vs fixed motor and control flow via a valve. Screen efficiency
  18. 18. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our operations – Minimize the use of Water • Closed water circuits • Replace flotation by dry physical separation processes • Modelling ground-water levels: predicting effects and actively taking counter-measures (a/o changing shape of the quarry) De-watering belt (tunnel City, Wisconsin, USA) Fossanova Physical separation process, replacing flotation
  19. 19. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” Our operations – We are a temporary Guest Maasmechelen Dessel - beehotel Maasmechelen Peregrines Mol Lommel - Restoration Lommel - Restoration Witte Nete Maasmechelen • Introduction of Biodiversity indicators • Introduction of floating islands in water-filled quarries. Serves both to reduce the size of the visual impact of the quarry and they lure birds as well • Re-routing the “Witte Nete” creek, using cane and slush from original creek, resulting in the same biodiversity but with increased .and more stable population (prof. De Vocht, Congres Watersysteemkennis) • ….
  20. 20. “Confidential, commercially sensitive information proprietary of SCR-Sibelco N.V.” On the road to 2050: The Industrial Minerals sector, an indispensable partner in Innovation ECOLOGICAL LOCAL PRODUCTION ETHICAL TRANSPARENT SUSTAINABLE

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