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A Material of a Thousand Uses

A Glossary of limestone applications

Few people realize the importance of Calcium Carbonate in their day to day lives. Almost every common household product contains the material in one form or another — from pills and toothpaste to the adhesive holding up the bathroom tiles; from the tiles on the roof to the carpets on the floor; from the glass in the windows to the jars in the larder.

The calcium carbonate added to the land and to animal feeds finds its way through the food chain to the bones in our bodies. Its properties as a neutralizer and purifier are essential to the conservation of our natural environment, by nurturing agricultural land and maintaining its fertility.

Its benefits are immeasurable: among others, it balances acidity in the soil, improves drainage and aeration to increase crop yields, and purifies sulphur emissions from power stations.

This list shows some of the common uses for limestone.

Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC)

Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC)

Fine/Ultrafine Ground Coarse/Medium Ground
  • Adhesives & Sealants
  • Antacids (digestion)
  • Food & Drink
  • Household Products
  • Paper
  • Paint & Inks
  • Personal Care Products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plasters/Textured Finishes
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Agricultural liming
  • Animal & Pet Feeds
  • Asphalt Filler
  • Carpet-backing
  • Ceramics
  • Fertilizers
  • Mining
  • Precast Concrete
  • PVC Floor Tiles
  • Self-compacting Concrete (SCC)
  • Shower Trays
  • Waste & Water Treatment

Limestone Aggregates

Limestone Aggregates

Construction Aggregates Chemical Stone
  • Concrete
  • Drainage & Pitching
  • Landscaping
  • Pipe Bedding
  • Road Construction
  • Roof Chippings
  • Cement Manufacture
  • Chemical Production
  • Flue Gas Desulphurization
  • Glass Manufacture
  • Iron & Steel Production
  • Sugar-Refining

Lime (burnt lime)

  • Aerated Concrete Blocks
  • Biosolids
  • Calcium Silicate Bricks
  • Chemical Manufacture
  • Contaminated Land
  • Effluent Treatment
  • Flue Gas Desulphurization
  • Glass
  • Iron & Steel Production
  • Limewash
  • Lime Mortars
  • Motor Oil Additives
  • Plastics
  • Water Treatment