IMERYS (FRANCE) - RHINO MINERALS, LIMPOPO
The Rhino Andalusite Mine belongs to IMERYS, a French company, with its head office in Paris, France. It is listed on the French stock exchange.
Majority of the andalusite produced at Rhino is exported to Europe and Asia, Europe being the biggest consumer. Small quantities are also exported to the USA, Australia and Turkey. World demand for andalusite is in the region of approximately 250,000 tons per annum.
Trollope Mining Services has been carrying out the mining of andalusite and waste at the Rhino Andalusite Mine since 1996. Approximately 160,000 tons of material is mined each month. The contract also includes the hauling of andalusite concentrate which is fed into the plant and is renewed on an annual basis.