Industry Profile

The calcium carbonate and dolomite sector is mainly composed of small and medium-sized enterprises, but also includes some of the world's leading international companies.

Unlike other mining sectors, the industry and its markets are largely self-sufficient and the minerals are extracted from deposits found across Europe.

The European calcium carbonate and dolomite producers Members of CCA-Europe operate more than 170 sites throughout Europe, offering direct employment to some 6500 people. They process an annual volume of some 23 million tonnes of minerals, providing downstream industries, such as the paper, paint and plastics industries, with essential raw materials. Read More Mineral Applications.

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The importance of calcium carbonate for the downstream industries can be illustrated by the following key figures: 50% of paint is made up of minerals and paper can contain more than 50% of minerals. Calcium carbonate is one of the main ingredients in these applications.