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Σάββατο, 28 Οκτωβρίου 2017

In.mat-Lab: the Industrial Minerals specialized Lab (Greece)

In.mat-Lab  (Innovative Insulating & Inorganic Materials Laboratory) was established in 2016 with the aim to offer innovative solutions to the industrial, mineral and construction materials producers.

An independent laboratory covering the whole value chain of services in industrial minerals sector. In.mat-Lab is located in Athens, Lavrio Technological and Cultural Park (LTCP)
Based on a 25 years professional experience in QC/QA and as well as industrial R&D, in different sectors of mining, construction and ceramics, Dr A. Ekonomakou (Managing Director) and A. Amanatidis, ICGB® (Senior Technical Consultant) have founded an SME covering the whole value chain of services in the sector of industrial minerals and their applications (highly specialized on perlite and bentonite applications). The services provided include Consulting, Technical Support and R&D all over the world.

Furthermore, they have already installed a specialized laboratory for perlite which has a multi-task lab furnace for perlite expansion targeting to provide analytical data regarding perlite’s properties and characteristics for its use and possible applications. The specific perlite lab section is unique for Europe (as an independent lab) and most probably worldwide.

Raw materials characterization:


Based on specific analytical schemes we can characterize various ore qualities on basic properties:

Perlite: In.mat laboratory with a multi-task expansion furnace can provide targeted data regarding perlite’s properties such as expandability, strength and physical performance.

Bentonite: Facilities and expertise to characterize and evaluate bentonites in terms of their basic properties, such as montmorillonite content, required soda for activation etc.

Vermiculite: The optimum expansion temperature can be determined either in a conventional or a vertical expansion furnace. The applied protocols are either derived by literature survey or based on our long expertise.
Services provided:

Mining sector. With  long lasting experience in different minerals (industrial minerals like perlite, bentonite and zeolite, as well as magnesite, bauxite etc) and a network of experts and collaborating laboratories In.mat-Lab provides services for the whole value supply chain from exploration, resource development, production and commercial settlement through to recycling and wastes minimization.

Construction materials. With several years of participating in QC/QA of construction materials (cements & concrete, bricks, roof tiles etc) and different R&D projects concerning from mortars and plasters through to insulating and photocatalytic materials,  founders of In.mat-Lab can support SMEs to develop, produce, certify and launch their products to international markets. 

Agriculture / Horticulture. With laboratory facilities and the expertise in application properties of the different minerals they can also  investigate and define the appropriate substrate for soil enhancement and/or replacement in collaboration with other geoscientists.

From laboratory testing to regulatory compliance and beyond, in.mat-Lab's laboratory testing services support the quality, performance, regulatory compliance, safety, bench marking, evaluation, validation, analysis, and other requirements not only for the initial raw materials but for the final products as well.

I would like to congatulate the founders of In.mat-Lab for their contibution in promoting RM sector in Greece and worldwide.

[by P. Tzeferis]