Growth and Innovation: Our Origin

The history of Mondo Minerals is a history of growth and innovation.

One important reason: necessity is the mother of invention. The talc ore found in Finland is a mixture of magnesite and talc, so that a separating process first had to be developed – talc flotation. The company Suomen Talkki Oy was founded in 1967 to commercialize this invention. This is the origin of Mondo Minerals – and of our self-understanding as a growing and innovative enterprise, which we still maintain today.

Here are just a few of the important milestones.

2011 Acquisition of Mondo Minerals through Advent International

2010

Introduction of compacted talc for the plastics industry

2010

Launch of highly sterile talc for pharmaceuticals

2010

First commercial paint talc slurry production

2009

Launch of talc products optimized for chewing gum production

2008

Development of high surface area talc for olive oil separation

2008

Patents for highly delaminated talc and for talc use in beverage filtration

2007

Hg Capital acquires Mondo Minerals; Norwegian Talc AS remains part of the Omya Group

2006

Introduction of double classified product for high solid coatings

2004

Development of superconducting electromagnetic separation process for talc purification

2003

Introduction of sterile bulk product for anti-allergenic paints

2002/03

Plustalc product range introduced for paints and plastics

2001

Ownership of Mondo Minerals transferred to Omya AG

2000

Development of food packaging coating talc for paper and board

1998

Start of the use of talc in cordierite ceramic honeycomb structures

1998

Mondo Minerals Oy established as a joint venture between Omya AG and Western Mining Ltd. of Australia. The JV includes the former Finnminerals Oy, Westmin BV Amsterdam, and the talc business of Norwegian Talc AS.

1994

Capacity of Finnminerals Holland B.V. doubled

1993

Katwijk site established as “Finnminerals Holland B.V.”

1991

All 3 Finnish talc factories combine to form the company “Finnminerals”, owned by United Paper Mills (UPM)

1982

Development of rotogravure paper coating talc

1979/80

De-dusted talc products for unsaturated polyester putties developed

1979

Kaavi plant commissioned with a capacity of 50,000 tons p.a.

1977

Vuonos plant opens

1974

Concentration of nickel commences with 500 tons capacity p.a.

1973

Paint talc production started

1970/71

Production of pitch control talc for the Finnish paper industry gets underway

1969

Production begins at Sotkamo site with a capacity of 70,000 tons p.a. First deliveries of SC paper filler talc

1967

Suomen Talkki Oy established

1961

Experimental ore mill Sotkamo

1956

Geological research begins

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