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The story of Imerys Aluminates began in 1908, with the patenting of CIMENT FONDU®, the starting-point of the company's historic know-how. Kerneos began as a pioneer and became world leader. To this day, it continues to expand throughout the world. Here are the highlights of a rich history:

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2015 »

On February 2015, Kerneos acquired European Bauxites in Greece,from owner S&B.

2014 »

  • On March 2014, Kerneos shareholder changes to French investment fund Astorg Partners.
  • Opening of the Kerneos Research Centre Asia (KRCA) - China.

2012 »

Kerneos acquires a 54% stake in the Greek mining company, Elmin, the leading European exporter of monohydrate bauxite

2011 »

Launch of CMA 72 and TERNAL® RG-S

2010 »

Opening of the new Kerneos Research and Technology Centre (KRTC) near Lyon, France
Launch of PERAMIN® AL 200 and 300 and SECAR® 712

2009 »

Launch of TERNAL® EV and Ternal® SE
Launch of PERAMIN® Conpac, PERAMIN® Defoam and PERAMIN® SRA

2008 »

Kerneos celebrates 100 years of working with calcium aluminates

2007 »

Creation of a sales subsidiary in Kolkata, India

2006 »

Lafarge Aluminates changes its name to Kerneos
Acquisition of PERAMIN®, a specialist in powder additives for ready-to-use mortar compounds
Acquisition of Guizhou Yindu Specialty Aluminates in China. Creation of a sales subsidiary in Moscow, Russia

2005 »

Acquisition of a 90% stake in Zhengzhou Great Wall Special Cements, China

2001 »

Start-up of the Teda plant in Tianjin, China
Launch of SECAR Plenium®

1999 »

Creation of a sales office in Warsaw, Poland

1998 »

Creation of a sales office in Beijing, China
Launch of TERNAL® LC

1996 »

Launch of TERNAL® White
Creation of a sales subsidiary in Singapore

1995 »

Lafarge Fondu International changes its name to Lafarge Aluminates

1994 »

Launch of TERNAL® RG
Creation of a sales subsidiary in Istanbul, Turkey

1993 »

Creation of Lafarge Fondu International's Application and Development Laboratory (LAD)
Launch of CALCOAT® RG

1991 »

Start-up of the Guaxindiba grinding plant in Brazil

1990 »

Creation of sales subsidiaries in Milan, Italy, and Stockholm, Sweden

1989 »

Creation of a sales subsidiary in Gordon, Australia

1987 »

Opening of a sales office in Tokyo, Japan


1986 »

Start-up of production of SECAR® at the Norfolk plant in Chesapeake, Virginia (United States)

1982 »

Launch of LDSF®
Creation of a sales subsidiary in Duisburg, West Germany

1977 »

Start-up of the Richards Bay grinding plant in South Africa

1975 »

Start-up of the Dunkirk plant in France

1973 »

Creation of Lafarge Fondu International (LFI)
Start-up of the Chesapeake, Virginia grinding plant in the United States

1964 »

Launch of SuperSecar (SECAR® 80)

1963 »

Launch of first ALAG® aggregate, containing calcium aluminates

1962 »

Launch of SECARr® 162 (SECAR® 51)

1950 »

Launch of SECAR® 250 (SECAR® 71)

1933 »

Initial production of CIMENT FONDU® at the Fos-sur-Mer plant in France

1926 »

Start-up of the West Thurrock plant in the United Kingdom and production of CIMENT FONDU®.

1916 »

Initial production of CIMENT FONDU® at the Le Teil plant in France

1908 »

CIMENT FONDU® patented by Jules Bied and the company Pavin de Lafarge

Key data

Ever since it registered a patent for Ciment Fondu® in 1908, Imerys Aluminates has constantly researched properties of calcium aluminates and developed them in order to create innovative materials.

Over the years, numerous ranges of high-technology calcium aluminate binders have been launched:

FONDAG® (1985), TERNAL® (1994), CALCOAT® (1993),
SewperCoat® (1992),  LDSF® (1982),
ALAG® (1963), SECAR® (1950),