Industrial Functional Minerals

Ashapura's journey began in the 1960s with Bentonite, after which we have continued to add several niche minerals to our value mix. We enjoy global leadership on account of our ability to understand industrial minerals and offer customised solutions to our customers.

Ashapura is the largest producer of Bentonite in India and third largest in the world. It is also one of the worlds largest Bauxite exporters. It is our endeavor to constantly add new minerals catering to a wider section of industries and applications. Our vast and versatile resource base is capable of measuring up to even the most challenging specifications; our comprehensive range of solutions from mining, processing to logistics makes us a unique enterprise.

Standing

  • 15% market share in global Bauxite exports
  • Worlds 3rd largest producer of Bentonite
  • India's 2nd largest producer of Kaolin

Applications

  • Aluminium
  • Foundry
  • Cosmetics
  • Metal Ore Pellatization
  • Construction
  • Paper

Bauxite

Ashapura is a leading global supplier of Bauxite and Aluminous Laterite. Bauxite is the principal ore which is used in making Aluminium metal. The Group is a preferred to supplier Bauxite to some of the largest Aluminium producers in China, CIS countries and the Middle East. Ashapura’s Gibbistic bauxites can be processed at relatively lower temperatures (145 ºC to 155 ºC) thorough autoclave digestion. They can be used also for sweetening stage and for non-autoclave digestion in agitators (105 ºC). Ashapura’s decades of experience in the chemical, mineralogical and metallurgical evaluation of the Bauxite, coupled with its logistical prowess to handle more than 10 million tons of Bauxite exports annually, make it a formidable constituent of the global Bauxite supply chain. Ashpura’s copious and versatile reserves are suitable for nearly all of the applications.

The Group has significant interest in up the Bauxite value chain especially in the refractory Access to the best technologies to produce value added Bauxite products like Calcined Bauxite, white fuse Alumina, Brown Fuse Alumina and Alumina.

Bentonite

With over 6 decades of expertise in Bentonite mining & processing, Ashapura today is the 3rd largest producer of Bentonite in the world. The Group’s extensive & versatile reserves of high quality Sodium and Calcium Bentonite which are mined and processed carefully into several grades. These are in different forms such as dried & crushed lumps, granules, powder to micronized powder, catering to diverse needs of clients.

Our Bentonite products caters to a wide range of industries starting from the conventional usage areas of Iron Ore Pelletisation, Drilling, Metal Casting, Construction, Cat Litter etc. to value added areas such as paper, detergents , Animal feed etc. The Group also possesses the requisite certifications such as ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental management system, OHSAS 18001: 2007 for Organizations Health and Safety management system & CGMP for Good manufacturing process.

All our Bentonite processing is strictly controlled by our fully equipped laboratories at our processing facilities as well as our state-of- art R&D Centre where the fundamental research on Bentonite is conducted, with the aim to provide consistent, better & new products to our customers. Our costal resource base and processing hubs give us a formidable advantage for both bulk and container based exports.

Kaolin

Kaolin is a multifaceted white clay that when processed in used in making paper, paints, ceramics, rubber, fiberglass and in the construction industry. Ashapura’s Kolin offerings over the last four decades have grown in versatility and sophistication.

The Group’s state-of-the-art Kaolin processing complex at Bhuj is the largest in Western India and produces several grades of hydrous and calcined grades of Kaolin.

Limestone

Ashapura’s naturally occurring limestones are endowed with high purity and optical properties; these are particularly suitable for applications such as paint, polymer and paper applications. Limestone is finely ground to achieve superior application benefits in polymer and paint formulations.

Limestone with highest whiteness and brightness with minimum impurities is exclusive characteristics of Ashapura limestone deposits.

Silica Sand

Ashapura’s rounded to sub-rounded shaped silica sand grains (Supsil and Castsil) are naturally suitable for glass and foundry applications. Our ability to process narrow size controlled silica sand grains to achieve required AFS-GFN numbers for foundries sets Ashapura apart.

Refinements are carried out through mineral processing techniques such as magnetic separation and spiral gravity concentration to achieve lowest ferric impurities to suit advanced glass applications such as thin LED touch screen glasses.

Advanced Refractory Materials

Ashapura is India's largest producer of Advanced Refractory Materials with a versatile portfolio of Castables, High Alumina Cement, Calcined Bauxite and Fused Aluminas. High-temperature Calcined Aluminous Clays (Chamotte & Mullite) are used to produce Alumina Refractories for steel, cement and metal industries.

Besides having a dominant position in the Indian market, Ashapura is a preferred supplier of refractory raw materials & products in Europe, Middle East and South East Asia.

Standing

  • India's largest producer of refactory.

Applications

  • Abrasives
  • Refactories
  • Foundries
  • Grinding
  • Road Surfacing

Fused Aluminas

Ashapura is India’s largest manufacturer of Calcined and Fused Alumina products. We manufacture a wide range of Aluminous raw materials including Brown Fused Alumina, White Fused Alumina, Pink Fused Alumina, White Fused Mullite, Fused Zirconia Mullite (ZIRMUL), Fused Alumina-Magnesia Spinnel, Calcined Bauxite and High Alumina Refractory Cement.

All these products cater to the needs of grinding wheel and refractory manufacturers. Fused Alumina is also used for shot blasting and cleaning purposes.

High Alumina Cement

High Alumina Refractory Cement is manufactured from Calcined Alumina and high purity lime. It is used as a binder for all types of castable refractories. Ashapura offers two ranges; HARB 50 and HARB 70 with minimum alumina content of 50% and 70% respectively.

Castables

Ashapura produces wide range of refractory raw material which guarantees high performance conventional Castables manufactured from in-house raw material. The Group also produces superior quality Low Cement Castable which is ideal for application under critical environment of high temperature furnaces.

We can develop customised products even with the most challenging specifications. We are the most preferred suppliers of Castables on account of our quality, consistency and technical support.

Calcined Bauxite

Calcined Bauxite is obtained by calcining (heating in a Kiln) superior grade Bauxite at high temperatures (8500C to 16000C), this process removes the crystalline moisture leading to a higher alumina content. Compared to an alumina content of about 57 % to 58 % in raw Bauxite, Calcined Bauxite has an alumina content of 84 % to 88 %.

Calcined Bauxite is used as raw material for manufacturing fused alumina and high alumina refractories. Ashapura produces Calcined Bauxite for various applications such as refractory bricks, abrasives, steel polishing, etc.; we are committed to provide consistency in quality and availability of product at extremely competitive prices.

Chamotte

Chamotte is a natural material having mullite as major phase with excellent refractory properties. Ashapura’s Chamotte aggregates are manufactured from natural high quality clays having minimum impurities and alkali metals. Chamotte products have high purity, low porosity and optimum thermal stability. Key features of the products are dense microstructure, homogenous granulometry and highly crystalline mullite phase.

Mullite

Mullite is an alumino-silicate material having very good refractory properties. Ashapura’s Mullite products are cost-effective and technically superior. Captive reserves of clay raw materials are utilized to manufacture mullite products with varying range of alumina content.

Mullite aggregate products impart high chemical resistance, high temperature stability, high creep resistance, low thermal conductivity and low thermal expansion coefficient. These are excellent material to use in mullite bricks, which can withstand conditions in blast furnace or fore-hearth roofs of glass melting furnace. Low porosity, good PCE and RUL ensures the quality of mullite aggregates.

Monoliths

Refractory Mortars amongst Monoliths are basically finely ground refractory materials, which become plastic when mixed with water. These are used to bond the brickwork into solid unit, to provide cushion between the slightly irregular surfaces of the brick, to fill up spaces created by a deformed shell, and to make a wall gas-tight to prevent penetration of slag into the joints. OAL provides wide range of mortars with Alumina content from 30% - 90%.

Adsorbent Solutions

Ashapura offers a wide range of adsorbent solutions having applications from bleaching edible oils to refining of petroleum products and from purification of potable water to industrial waste. We have specialised products for heavy-metal removal and for reducing phosphates & nitrogen from liquids.

Calcined Clay Carriers are used in the pesticide, agro-chemicals and soil nutrient industries.

Standing

  • Worlds third largest Bleaching Clay producer

Applications

  • Bleaching Edible Oils
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Water Purification
  • Bleaching Waste Oils
  • Pet Care

Acid Activated Bleaching Clay

Ashapura is the 3rd largest manufacturer of Bleaching Earth in the world. Bleaching Clay is used in the purification of edible oils. The Company is the leading exporter of Bleaching Earth, catering to over 40 countries globally, and is currently a market leader in the Bleaching Earth industry. The product offers superior bleaching performance and is toxin and heavy metal free. We further conform our superior and flawless manufacturing process by the various certifications such as ISO 9001-2008, EMS 14001-2004, OHSAS 18001-2007, HACCP, FEDIOL, KOSHER, HALAL held by Ashapura.

The Group has 2 manufacturing complexes producing Acid Activated Bleaching Clay at Bhuj (India) and Antwerp (Belgium) and 2 more manufacturing units producing Thermally Activated Bleaching Clay at Dharur (India) and at Lumut (Malaysia). The Bhuj plant is the worlds largest, single location production facility, manufacturing the internationally renowned Galleon Bleaching Earth.

Clay Catalyst

Ashapura is amongst the three global players who are qualified and certified to supply Clay Catalysts to the petrochemical industry. We are the leading suppliers of Clay Catalyst for the BTX and Aviation Fuel processing application. The product is opted by reputed refineries present in India, Korea, Oman, Kuwait, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, amongst the other countries

Activated Bauxite

Activated Bauxite is an excellent adsorbent material with multiple applications. Thermal activated bauxite is used for refining of lubricant oil and waxes. Ashapura’s activated bauxite is produced in controlled conditions to achieve maximum adsorption capacity. Activated bauxite is used in petrochemical industries to clarify and regenerate oils as aviation kerosene and paraffin. Our Activated bauxite is used as catalyst for desulfurization, deflourination, cracking, dehydrogenation, and dehydration reactions. It is used as desiccant in many chemical processes, i. e, to remove water in liquid or vapor from gases, vapors and liquids. Desiccant grade bauxite is placed towers or columns and moisture containing gas or liquid is passed through to get rid of water content.

Transformer oil regeneration and reduction in color is an important application, where activated bauxite is used. It’s also finds use in the treatment of waste lubricant oils, motor oil, mineral oil and chemicals because of high adsorption capacity. Majorly these applications utilize percolation method. As a catalyst activated bauxite is used to enhance petrochemical reactions in petrochemical industry. The product is available in granular and powder form with various sizes and shapes. The uniform size distribution of Ashapura’s activated bauxite provides added advantage in afore said applications.

Modified Siliceous Earth

Siliceous earth is a natural mineral containing high adsorption capacity. Siliceous earth is similar to diatomaceous earth but differs in crystal structure and morphological orientation. Naturally occurring material is light in weight having specific gravity of 2.2 – 2.3 compared to other adsorbent materials. Natural siliceous earth is modified to suit applications such as heavy metal removal from drinking water and waste water effluents. Product is designed to adsorb heavy metals from water, waste water and industrial effluents. Zero leach out natural product for industrial and recycle water treatment.

Heavy metals such as Pb, As, Zn, Cd, Cu, Co, Cr, Mn and other trace elements are adsorbed to purify the water/effluent treatment. Siliceous earth is used as filler in ceramic industry to achieve heat resistant properties. Siliceous earth is used as catalyst carrier applications, filtration support and used in insecticide and fungicides formulations. Majorly used as filtering media because of highly porous fine particles in fish tanks, swimming pool, wine purification and as a filler in detergent industry.

Cat Litter

Ashapura manufactures a wide range of Cat Litters from both Bentonite and Attapulgite. Ashapura supplies in bulk the various grades of Cat Litter to different supermarkets and distributors for private labelling where they are further packaged into small bags. Ashapura also retails the its own brand overseas called “PURA”.

Ashapura’s Cat Litter is the worlds only naturally sun-dried Cat Litter. Over the years Ashapura has developed several premium, customised and specialty grades of Cat Litter for specific regions all across the world.

Hydrocarbon Exploration Solutions

Ashapura offers an array of mineral solutions to drilling and exploration industries.We provide enriched drilling muds to some of the worlds largest oilfiled solutions companies across their global drilling bases in the North Sea, Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Ashapura takes pride in being the pioneer & the largest manufacturer of Ceramic and Silica Proppants in India.

Standing

  • Pioneer & largest producer of proppants in India

Applications

  • Oil well drilling
  • Hydraulic Fracturing

Bentonite

With over 6 decades of expertise in Bentonite mining & processing, Ashapura today is the 3rd largest producer of Bentonite in the world. The Group’s extensive & versatile reserves of high quality Sodium and Calcium Bentonite which are mined and processed carefully into several grades. These are in different forms such as dried & crushed lumps, granules, powder to micronized powder, catering to diverse needs of clients.

Our Bentonite products caters to a wide range of industries starting from the conventional usage areas of Iron Ore Pelletisation, Drilling, Metal Casting, Construction, Cat Litter etc. to value added areas such as paper, detergents , Animal feed etc. The Group also possesses the requisite certifications such as ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental management system, OHSAS 18001: 2007 for Organizations Health and Safety management system & CGMP for Good manufacturing process.

All our Bentonite processing is strictly controlled by our fully equipped laboratories at our processing facilities as well as our state-of- art R&D Centre where the fundamental research on Bentonite is conducted, with the aim to provide consistent, better & new products to our customers. Our costal resource base and processing hubs give us a formidable advantage for both bulk and container based exports.

Barytes

Barytes (or barites) is the naturally occurring mineral form of barium sulphate. Its main properties are its high specific gravity (4.5), very low solubility; it is non-toxic, and also chemically and physically unreactive.

It is estimated that 90% of the Barytes produced in the world are used only for drilling oil wells. It is also found useful in the manufacture of white pigment or extender in pigments and barium chemicals, in the glass industry and as filler in rubber, leather, textile and paper goods.

Attapulgite

Attapulgite is advantageously used for the purification of petroleum distillates such as kerosene due to their special characteristics. Fine grade of our fibrous Attapugite products are able to eliminate water traces, suspended impurities, resinous or asphaltic substances, residues of metals (arsenic, lead, vanadium and others), nitrogen compounds, oxygenated compounds, some sulphur compounds and even adsorb preferentially some hydrocarbons (olefins).

Attapulgite is finely controlled particles size distribution with maximum adsorbent capacity. Finely powdered attagel is used as thickner and rheological modifier in many applications such as paint and coatings. Attapulgite is natural bleaching earth used to purify the edible oil such as palm and soya oils. Natural desiccant having capacity to adsorb moisture in petrochemical streams such as Kerosene and Aviation fuels.

Ceramic proppants

Proppants are used in Hydraulic Fracturing i.e. fracking, a technique used in extracting shale gas. Ashapura is the pioneer in manufacturing Ceramic & Silica based Proppants in India. Ashapura offers both Intermediate Strength Proppants and High Strength Proppants which have been tested and approved by certification authorities in U.S.A and U.K (PropTester Inc., USA and FracTech Laboratories, UK).

Ashapura’s Proppants are suitable for challenging extraction conditions from deep shale formations; our product helps customers to increase the ultimate recovery and life of the well.

The Group’s global leadership in in Bauxite (the principal raw material for manufacturing Proppants) give it a significant advantage in quality and competitiveness in manufacturing world class Proppants.

Silica proppants

Proppants are used in Hydraulic Fracturing i.e. fracking, a technique used in extracting shale gas. Ashapura is the pioneer in manufacturing Ceramic & Silica based Proppants in India. Ashapura offers both Intermediate Strength Proppants and High Strength Proppants which have been tested and approved by certification authorities in U.S.A and U.K (PropTester Inc., USA and FracTech Laboratories, UK).

Ashapura’s Proppants are suitable for challenging extraction conditions from deep shale formations; our product helps customers to increase the ultimate recovery and life of the well.

The Group’s global leadership in in Bauxite (the principal raw material for manufacturing Proppants) give it a significant advantage in quality and competitiveness in manufacturing world class Proppants.

White Performance Minerals

Although Ashapura is a relatively new entrant in the domain of White Performance Minerals, it has quickly garnered a dominant market share on account of its indigenously developed processing technology, its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a captive mineral resource base. White Performance Minerals have myriad applications in paper, paints, rubber, pesticides, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Ashapura's fully automated PLC based processes have been specifically designed to avoid human contamination risks and to maintain high purity and brightness.

Standing

  • India's largest white minerals solutions provider

Application

  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Paper
  • Paints
  • Plastics
  • Building Products

Ground Calcium Carbonate

Ashapura is India’s leading producer of processed Calcium Carbonate; it’s PLC based state-of-the art processing complex manufactures both coated and uncoated grades of calcium carbonate. Access to the purest and brightest raw material along with an avant garde muti-stage processing technique guarantees perfect particle size distribution, brightness and dispersion properties to the finished product.

Both Coated (with Stearic acid) and Uncoated Calcium Carbonate powders are widely used in different industries mainly as fillers in manufacturing plastics, paints, adhesives, PVC and paper.

Calcined Kaolin

Kaolin is a multifaceted white clay that when processed in used in making paper, paints, ceramics, rubber, fiberglass and in the construction industry. Ashapura’s Kolin offerings over the last four decades have grown in versatility and sophistication. The Group’s state-of-the-art Kaolin processing complex at Bhuj is the largest in Western India and produces several grades of hydrous and calcined grades of Kaolin.

White Barytes

White Barytes are excellent fillers which are used in paper, paints and ceramics. White Barytes is niche offering within the niche of White Performance Minerals, which enables Ashapura to be the one-stop shop for all White Performance Minerals.

Talc

Talc is known for being the softest mineral on earth. Ashapura has specialty talc solutions for the ceramic as well the pharmaceutical industries. The talc based pharmaceutical solutions undergo complex processing for removal of impurities and heavy metals followed by a comprehensive set quality checks. Ashapura’s pharma based talc solutions are widely exported across the continents.

Super Speciality Refined Mineral Products

Ashapura offers engineered and modified clay products for paints, sealants, plasters, polymers and coating applications which functionally enhance their flow and suspension properties as additives or binders. Atta Medigel & Pharma Bentogel, are fine-grained natural clays that are selectively mined and highly refined for pharmaceutical applications. These refined products adsorb microbial toxins and acidic substances providing a healthy digestive environment.

Our Aviation Fuel Solutions remove polar compounds & moisture from jet fuels thereby enhancing their performance.

Standing

  • India's leading speciality minerals producer

Applications

  • Sealants
  • Plasters
  • Polymers
  • Pharmaceutical applications
  • Aviation fuel enhancers

Atta Medigel

Fine grained natural clays selectively mined highly refined for pharmaceutical applications. These clays are used in medicinal uses such as antidiarrheal and antacid medicine formulations adding to nutritional values. These refined products adsorb microbial toxins, toxic and acidic substances providing healthy digestive environment. These products complies international pharmacopeia specifications.

Ashapura’s Cat Litter is the worlds only naturally sun-dried Cat Litter. Over the years Ashapura has developed several premium, customised and specialty grades of Cat Litter for specific regions all across the world.

Ashagel

Ashagel is High performance adsorbent mineral product offers efficient solution to aviation fuel. Engineered product with high reactive surface area removes polar compounds and micro level moisture in jet fuel enhancing the performance of the fuel.

Ashapura’s Cat Litter is the worlds only naturally sun-dried Cat Litter. Over the years Ashapura has developed several premium, customised and specialty grades of Cat Litter for specific regions all across the world.

Organoclay

Ashapura offer’s engineered and modified clay products Attagel and Organoclay for rheological modification for paint, sealants, plasters and polymer and coatings applications. Functionally enhances the flow properties as additive, binder, suspension agent and thickener. Excellent thixotropic modifiers and gelling agents keep particulate matters in suspension to control viscosity of for organic/ aqueous system. Environment friendly, cost effective solutions used synergistic effect along with other associate thickeners.