Imerys wins Industrial Minerals Association award for Imergard WP, its malaria-fighting perlite-based innovation

Paris, France
Receiving the IMA Award, Brussels, 4 October (left to right): Àngels Orduña Cao, SPIRE (jury member); Bo Wang; David Stewart; Peter Handley, EU Commission (jury member), Chief Innovation Officer Thierry Materne; and Dr Karen Hanghoj, EIT Raw Materials (jury member). Imerys' Rafael Navazo also attended the ceremony . Key team members David Gittins and Larisa Tihomirov were not present
October 5, 2018

On October 4, 2018, and for the third time in a row, Imerys received the Industrial Minerals Association award for Innovation. This year, the awarded product is Imergard WP, a malaria-fighting perlite-based innovation. It comes in the form of a wettable powder that is spray applied on walls, so as to kill the mosquitos that make contact with it. Its advantage over similar products is that insects are unlikely to become immune to its mode of action.

Annually, almost 450,000 people die from malaria, including 290,000 children under the age of 5. While traditional chemical insecticides have helped reduce this figure in recent years, mosquitos are becoming resistant to these treatments. With this in mind, Imerys’ Innovation team developed an award-winning product that could help the Group break into a tightly controlled sector, and bring a new performing solution to a major public health issue in sub Saharan Africa.

Imerys already received the Industrial Minerals Association award in 2016 for its product ImerCare P-Scrub, an environmentally friendly perlite-based alternative to plastic microbeads; and in 2014 for  ImerPlast, a mineral based solution which enhances the recycling rates for polymers.

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