Welcome to NYCO, a Member of IMERYS
At NYCO, we are proud of the excellent reputation we have earned during our 60 years of operation and are committed to maintaining our industry leadership in quality, innovation and customer service.
Dedication, Knowledge and Experience
With 60 years industry experience and two state-of-the-art mines and processing plants, NYCO is the world’s leading producer and supplier of premium quality wollastonite. With vast technological expertise and unrivaled production capabilities, NYCO is also a leader in specialty chemical modification technology. We offer a variety of modifications, from organo silanes to wetting agents, which offer our customers a range of benefits including improved mechanical properties, processing and handling. Optimum properties are achieved by carefully matching the chemical modification to the polymer matrix at the correct concentration level. NYCO is continuously developing innovative chemical modifications and products to meet manufacturers’ ever-changing needs and specifications.
Outstanding Technical Support
Our reputation for excellence was built by providing the best customer and product support in the business right from the first client contact to final delivery and after-sales support. NYCO’s use of state-of-the-art control systems and statistical process controls methods, along with our dedication to the highest levels of quality standards and ISO 9001 certification guarantee the quality and reliability our customers have come to depend on.
Sound Stewardship Practice
NYCO has a Product Stewardship Program whose sole aim is to maintain high standards for the health and safety of our employees and to ensure that the products we provide can be safely used by our customers. This ongoing program is constantly reviewed by a health committee made up of NYCO personnel and independent consultants with a focus on continuous improvement and sustainability in all of our operations. All of NYCO’s operations are ISO 14001 certified to ensure continual improvement of our environmental management system and to reflect our commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen in the protection of the environment.
Superior World-Wide Distribution Network
Of the many qualities that set NYCO apart from it competitors, shipping and distribution are two key areas where our service is unrivaled. With a global network that spans six continents, our long-term relationships with our distributors have allowed us to build the industry’s best distribution network for servicing just in time deliveries.
NYCO Minerals, Inc. – Willsboro, New York U.S.A.
Minera Roca Rodando S. de R.L. de C.V. – Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Since the early 1950’s, NYCO Minerals has been producing and supplying an industrial mineral called wollastonite. Also known as calcium metasilicate, wollastonite is a white, non-metallic mineral with a needle-like structure that improves the strength and quality of automotive and consumer plastics, coatings, adhesives, sealants, brake components, construction materials, ceramics, mold fluxes and many other applilcations.
The history of NYCO dates back to 1953, when The Godfrey L. Cabot Co. of Boston, Massachusetts purchased the mineral rights from the Willsboro Mining Company. The initial 20,000 ton per year production facility produced products for the ceramic and refractory industries. The company remained with Cabot until 1969 when Interpace Corporation of Parsippany, New Jersey bought the company to utilize wollastonite as an additive for their dinnerware and ceramic tile businesses.
By the mid 1970’s, wollastonite’s non-hazardous characteristics and high melting point were recognized as a key ingredient in the replacement of asbestos, especially for fire resistant construction board and friction materials. These new applications doubled the demand for wollastonite while driving the company’s name and brand recognition into the international marketplace. In 1977, NYCO further ventured into new markets and purchased the chemical modification technology which is applied to the surface of thw wollastonite substrate to allow improved mechanical properties especially as plastic parts were becoming more prevalent in automobiles to make them lighter for improved fuel efficiency. The chemically modified wollastonite was also found to be a key additive in industrial and marine coatings to extend traditional corrosion inhibitor pigments.
In 1979, Interpace sold the company to a division of Canadian Pacific who renamed the company NYCO Minerals Inc. The growing demand for higher performance let further plant expansions and the commissioning of a separate facility strictly focused on the production of chemical modified wollastonite products. From 1950 to the 1990’s, plant capacity reached 120,000 tons per year.
Fording Coal, the division of CanadianPacific that managed NYCO, purchased a wollastonite deposit in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. In 1997, a plant was commissioned with capacity to produce over 200,000 metric tons per year of wollastonet making it the world’s largest wollastonite production facility. The business was managed by Fording Coal in the early 90’s until it was sold in June of 2007 to Resource Capital Funds, a private equity firm based in Denver, Colorado. RCF specializes in acquisitions of mining operations throughout the world. On September 14, 2012 S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. acquired Rolling Rock Minerals Inc. and subsidiaries from Resource Capital Funds Fund IV and minority shareholders. Rolling Rock Minerals Inc. was the parent company of NYCO Minerals Inc.
On February 27, 2015, S&B is acquired by IMERYS.
At NYCO, what drives us forward is always the next challenge: Yours.
As NYCO has grown over more than 60 years in operation, so too has our internal culture of innovation closely linked to our customers’ needs. We are not satisfied to simply provide the highest quality minerals to the market. Our industry-leading chemical modification technology allows us to customize our products to suit a variety of precise client needs and provide a range of benefits—including cost savings—over traditional reinforcements. In the increasingly competitive world of modern manufacturing, this can provide the edge our customers need.
NYCO’s chemical modification technology enables our minerals to bond with a range of different polymer systems used by our clients. The chemical bridge that is formed between NYCO wollastonite and our customers’ resin systems provides enhanced mechanical properties and improved material handling among a number of other benefits.
Chemical modification can also aid in a variety of production processes, permitting higher filler loadings and improving dispersion, powder flow characteristics and flow during mixing and molding in compounding systems. NYCO is even equipped to bond two chemical modifications to the surface of wollastonite or other minerals to meet a customer’s requirements that cannot be met with a single additive.
New developments are underway to create the next generation of products with specialty chemical modifications to offer compounders weight reduction, improved scratch resistance and surface aesthetics. With complete control of the mining, milling and chemical modification process at our facilities, NYCO is not only able to ensure the highest quality wollastonite, we can also customize the chemical modification on a batch by batch basis to best meet our customers’ individual requirements.
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