Specialty Minerals' “Lifford” production facility in Birmingham, United Kingdom, is the world’s first precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant. PCC has been produced here since 1898. This plant, which Specialty Minerals acquired in 1998, is located in central England. Lime from an on-site kiln is processed into PCC and nano PCC, which are packaged for shipment throughout Europe and for export. Products are shipped in bulk, 25-kilogram bags, and semi-bulk bags. Slurry precipitated calcium carbonate is also available for use in water-based uses such as paper and paint.
Birmingham Precipitated Calcium Carbonates
The Lifford-Birmingham plant produces a variety of precipitated and nano precipitated calcium carbonates providing high performance in sealants, plastics, food, pharmaceuticals, rubber, and paper. The Calofort® PCC range are a true nano particles, being 70 nanometers, or 0.07 microns in size. They are widely used in automotive and construction sealants, inks, plastics and rubber. The Sturcal™ PCC range, which meet the British, European and United States Pharmacopeias, are intended for food and antacids, pharmaceuticals, toothpastes, and other healthcare applications. Calopake® PCCs are high surface area scalenohedral PCCs, useful for rubber detackification, paint, plastics and paper. Several Calopake PCC grades also meet EP/USP requirements, so can be used in food, toothpastes and surgical gloves.
As a manufacturer of EP/USP precipitated calcium carbonates, Specialty Minerals’ Birmingham plant is registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Drug Manufacturing Facility. The healthcare grades are produced following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and are certified as Kosher. In addition to being ISO 9001 Quality certified, Birmingham is the first Specialty Minerals – Performance Minerals plant to receive ISO 14001 certification for its Environmental Management System.
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