Paper & Packaging

The world leader in high performance precipitated calcium carbonate and ground calcium carbonate systems and solutions. 

Advanced paper and paperboard technologies for today and tomorrow.

Our Specialty Minerals Inc. (SMI) group is the world leader in Paper precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), the preferred filler for papermakers. Relentless in our innovative spirit, we continuously research and introduce new technologies and services to optimize existing uses of PCC and other minerals, and strive to meet tomorrow's paper and paperboard needs.

High quality minerals that help customers grow. Sustainably.

It's never about resting on laurels in today's global and fast-paced economy. We partner with customers to understand and deliver on their papermaking and paper board needs today, while developing mindful innovations for tomorrow. Our highest quality minerals and partner-oriented approach helps address a multitude of customers' operational needs while helping to lower costs and even usher in circular economies for some of the world's most competitive markets.

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Repurposing waste streams into circular economies.

Get to know our portfolio of PCC products and solutions that are dedicated to eliminating high production-related costs while reducing raw material consumption or repurposing waste streams for production. Our principles of sustainability inform our innovations, which are engineered to help improve product performance while helping to create truly circular economies. 

Strengthen Performance, Reduce Costs in Paperboard. Here's how.

We help paperboard manufacturers achieve their quality and cost reduction goals and deliver solutions for a diverse range of paperboard grades.

  • In White-Top Liner (WTL) applications, our ALBACAR® PCC filler provides the light scattering needed to significantly improve final brightness or help balance pulp, enabling overall pulp savings and improving key WTL properties like stiffness and bulk.
  • Our OPACARB® and CRYSTALGLOS™ PCCs in coated board coating formulations lead to improvements in printing, brightness and smoothness, and/or reductions in coat weight and pulp costs––a gamechanger for Folding Boxboard (FBB), Liquid Packaging Board (LPB), and other coated board grades. 
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Leading with state-of-the-art smart labs.

Our scientists are our competitive advantage, driving our comprehensive capabilities and expertise to the burgeoning paper industry in key markets around the world. From synthesis to application testing, to providing technical support, MTI scientists push the boundaries of what's possible in paper technology.

Discover our sustainable solutions in paper PCC and ground calcium carbonate (GCC) technologies, all engineered to help reduce our and our customers’ impact on the environment.

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sustainable innovations.

Our portfolio of PCC products dedicated to repurposing waste streams to give back to the planet and support sustainable economic growth.

NewYield® Technology

Our proprietary NewYield® technology converts waste streams from pulping operations into functional filler pigments, eliminating the cost of disposal while reducing raw material consumption for the production of PCC. The NewYield PCC product truly delivers excellence in performance, including improved bulk and opacity, while maintaining or improving strength and smoothness.

FulFill® technology

Our FulFill® technology portfolio is a series of high filler solutions designed to provide customers the ability to increase the amount of filler content in paper by 1-10%-points, and beyond. More filler means less dependency on fiber, and that means substantial operational savings.

ENVIROFIL® Technology

ENVIROFIL® PCC is a recycling technology that allows papermakers to recover mineral pigments from deinking residue by converting these raw materials to precipitated calcium carbonate. It replaces quicklime in PCC production by using mineral rich ash-based waste from the deinking process of recycled fibers.

Paper Pigments

Enhanced pigments & coatings.

From sought-after opacity and brightness solutions to improved filler strength and structure, explore our pigments and coatings solutions that not only improve product look and performance, but also help manage costs.  

Albacar® PCC

Albacar® PCC is available in variable grades to meet a variety of customers' needs. From providing striking opacity and brightness to improving sheet strength and bulk, contact us to learn more about the right Albacar PCC for your needs.

Albaglos® PCC

Albaglos® PCC family of coating pigments offers a combination of steep particle size distribution and prismatic shape, providing superior results in paper and board coating and offset printing applications. Learn more about what solutions we have to offer.

Opacarb® PCC

Opacarb® PCCs are tailor-made to maximize fiber coverage and light scatter. From glossy to matte finishes, Opacarb PCC coating pigment provides superior brightness and opacity increases and provides excellent optical coverage while allowing coated paper and board manufacturers to reduce overall base sheet furnish costs.

Megafil® PCC

Megafil® prismatic PCC filler for paper and board acts as a functional additive and fiber substitute, offering light scattering and strengthening properties for a lustrous look and higher quality product. 

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Regional Contact info

Lifford, Birmingham U.K.

Lifford Lane, Kings Norton
Birmingham, U.K. B30 3JW
+44 121-252-4511

Ste. Genevieve, MO
16147 US Highway 61,
Ste Genevieve, MO 63670

Lucerne Valley, CA
6565 Meridian Rd
Lucerne Valley, CA 92356

Canaan, CT
30 Daisy Rd.
Canaan, CT 06018

Adams, MA
260 Columbia St.
Adams, MA 01220

Specialty Minerals Inc.

35 Highland Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18017