Imerys is the world’s leading supplier for industry based on mineral or advanced materials with customers in 100+ countries in diverse industries, such as construction, food & beverage, automotive, and others.
Imerys is committed to embedding sustainable practises into its operations and reducing its impact on the environment. Together with you – startups, SMEs, and technology providers – Imerys wants to develop breakthrough solutions that lower their carbon footprint and reduce their environmental impact. Help Imerys shape the future, and benefit from the leader’s global operations, resources, and market access to grow your business.
Beneficiation of minerals
Circular economy of end products
working on innovative technologies who want to scale their business and take it to the next level.
with products, expertise and in-depth knowledge who want to collaborate with an experienced partner.
including tech providers, universities and research groups with innovative solutions who want to apply their research.
Together with startups, scaleups and strategic partners, we want to provide breakthrough solutions in sectors such as future mobility, circular economy, sustainable fuels, and beyond. Solutions can be technical, digital or material and we're scouting for trends and opportunities all the time.
Help us shape the future, and benefit from OMV’s global operations, resources, and market access to grow your business.
Receive a budget to develop a PoC project in collaboration with Imerys’ experts.
Benefit from top management involvement regarding the implementation of your idea.
Apply, test and develop your product within Imerys’ vast group network and local partners.
Enter a partnership with a successful and experienced industry leader, dedicated to innovation.
Further cooperation could include an equity exchange, depending on the final results.
Learn directly from experts, get access to network and infrastructure, and work with Imerys on an eye-to-eye level.
Innovate technologies that optimize the beneficiation of minerals, particularly kaolin, and feldspar.
Energy efficiency, alternative energies, carbon footprint reduction
Innovative grinding, drying, or high-speed firing technologies
Innovative solutions to reuse or recycle mineral-containing end products, including new technologies and/or business models.
Paints and ceramics
Agriculture e.g. grow bags
Life sciences e.g. cosmetics
Paper and board
Innovative solutions in the field of geopolymer production.
Increased flexibility or hydrophobicity
Adhesion to ceramics
Transportation of dry mix
Eco-friendly alkaline solution production
of the program
The participants with the best proposals will be invited to remote pitches with Imerys managers and experts to discuss their technology, and provide an overview of a business model.
2-day event for selected partners to set the basis for collaboration. The jury then decides which projects will go forward.
Validation experiments run with selected partners to validate the desirability, viability and feasibility of designed collaboration projects. Further on-demand topic-specific workshops.
1-day event for the presentation of the results and learnings generated during the Proof-of-Concept phase. The jury will then decide which projects will enter into a long-term collaboration with Imerys.
VP Sciences and Technology Performance Minerals
Join the Imerys Open Innovation Challenge and partner with the world’s minerals leader!
Grow your business with the help of Imerys’ resources and markets, exchange ideas, and discuss potential long-term cooperation.