Mineral Specialties division

Our Mineral Specialties division is a leading producer and distributor of sodium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate, sodium silicate and nabions™. Our key end-markets include pharmaceutical & healthcare, food & feed, environment, home care, automotive & construction.

The business division operates on a business model that practices cost leadership through the backward integration into captive raw materials and energy supply and downstream integration from sodium carbonate to sodium bicarbonate and sodium silicate.




The Mineral Specialties division includes 3 business units:

Novacarb is the European number 2 producer of sodium bicarbonate and the number 3 of sodium carbonate.

A major player in its field on the western scene, Novacarb puts customer satisfaction at the heart of its commitments. The Company offers natural and environmentally friendly products, which enable it to position itself in many end-markets, such as Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare, and food and feed. Read more about Novacarb



Novabion produces sodium silicate, a product derived from sodium carbonate obtained by the fusion of sand and sodium carbonate at high temperature in a furnace.

Its main markets are precipitated silica (green tires), soil consolidation, adhesives, paper de-inking, mineral paints and detergents. Nabion is a sodium carbonate / sodium silicates cogranule which acts as a sequestering agent (capturing magnesium and calcium) used in the formulation of powders or tablets for washing machines and dishwashers, replacing products that are near end-of-life such as phosphates and zeolites.  Read more about Nabions



Novabay is a new production unit in Singapore producing high-quality sodium bicarbonate.

Based on the Bianca technology successfully developed by Novacarb in France, this state-of the-art facility produce high-quality Sodium Bicarbonate grades to serve the growing Asian demand in pharmaceutical & healthcare, Dialysis, Personal Care, Food and other industrial applications. Novabay, a yearly production capacity of 70,000 metric tons, with a potential debottlenecking up to 120,000 metric tons. Read more about Novabay



Key figures :


380 employees


4 production sites


N°2 player on sodium bicarbonate in Europe

N°3 player on sodium carbonate in Europe