"....the dominant share of the bentonite we extract is processed into the form of final products in Slovakia"
"bentonite is an ecological raw material, important and necessary for several branches of industry, environmental protection and human use"
"several hundred jobs are directly linked with the extraction of bentonite directly in the region of Žiar nad Hronom and its surroundings"
"the extraction and use of raw minerals can also be done in an ecologically acceptable and long-term sustainable way"
"the mineral wealth of a country and its sustainable use is in the interest of all citizens of Slovakia and its development"
The average annual statistically recorded need for bentonite per citizen is 11 kilograms? Bentonite is used indirectly in a great many production processes. Life without it would be hard to imagine.
Do you like a glass of good wine? Bentonite is necessary for each winegrower in the production of wines for eliminating proteins and for decanting wine.
Bentonite is used in pharmacies in the production of medicaments. Bentonite, thanks to its adsorption properties, is able to bind harmful substances in the body and at the same time has beneficial effects on intestinal microflora.
Do you have a car? Bentonite was used in its manufacture, too. Every foundry uses foundry sands and bentonite is necessary even in the pelletizing of iron ore.
Do you wash your hands with liquid soap? Bentonite is commonly among the ingredients of liquid soap as it ensures its good viscosity.
In the construction of waste dumps, sealant bentonite layers, or geogrids and geotextiles with bentonite, are used. Construction is a branch of industry where bentonite solves a number of complications; it is a part of special cements and is used for foundation of buildings and the construction of tunnels and roads.
Bentonite is used in the production of several types of paper.
Approximately 35% of bentonite used is recycled. Industrial solutions are being developed to further increase this share and make the use of this raw material even more efficient.
Bentonite is used in wastewater and sewage plant treatment, because it has an excellent ability to bind suspended matter in wastewater.
Bentonite flushing is essential in the carrying out of difficult deep and also horizontal drilling. In this respect, it is used in the laying of pipelines as well as in drilling operations on natural gas deposits to stabilize boreholes.
In the field of animal hygiene - such as cat litter - bentonite is the most commonly used material.
For ecologically orientated industry Slovak bentonite is an especially important contribution. The short transport distances to parts of Central Europe contribute to an improved situation in the field of carbon dioxide pollution. Otherwise, this important raw material would have to be imported from India, Turkey, Africa or other remote areas of the world