SPARKS, GA – Active Minerals International (AMI), a supplier of high-quality gellant attapulgite for the coatings, adhesives, sealants and other industries, announced that the company is undertaking process improvements designed to expand capacity. The initiatives, according to President Dennis C. Parker, are aligned with increasing demand in AMI’s major markets and new developments in the international coatings markets.
AMI’s process improvements involve a number of projects from debottlenecking to process efficiencies, such as mill feed automation, process flow changes and enhanced utilization of state-of-the-art manufacturing data-management software. In addition, existing classifiers are being upgraded to produce more paint-grade products. Longer-term projects, supported by its mining reserves in the area, include expanded drier capacity, allowing the company to meet the demands of global markets.
While Parker sites the rate of construction and infrastructure development in emerging economies as one factor increasing demand for attapulgite, he explains, “The strong interest in Active Minerals by international customers and distributors stems from the fact that paints and coatings professionals, from formulators to chief financial officers, recognize the world has only a handful of foremost authorities in attapulgite technology, and most of them are here at Active Minerals.”
AMI’s Director of Global Business Development, Jeffrey B. Carr, describes additional factors driving demand, “Min-U-Gel® attapulgite customers are a priority for Active Minerals. We bring the highest quality standards, customer service and supply chain management practices to bear on customers’ behalf. Our Quincy, Florida, attapulgite operation serves our customers with more than 120,000 square feet of storage for bagged product, allowing us to ship from inventory and maintain short lead times, even during the paint market’s busy spring season. In addition, being one of the top 100 exporters in the U.S., coupled with our strong logistic capabilities, provides excellent service to our international customers.”