150 years leading in industrial minerals

150 years leading in industrial minerals

2022 is the 150th anniversary of the start of Sibelco. We are marking the occasion with a series of events across the company, joining with colleagues, customers and stakeholders worldwide to celebrate our rich industrial heritage and to look to the future.

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Over the past century and a half, Sibelco has grown from a local silica sand company into a global provider of material solutions with a clear strategy for the future.  We look back with pride at the past 150 years and look forward with optimism to the future. 

Our history

Sibelco was founded in 1872, initially supplying silica sand from deposits in Flanders to Belgium’s major glass producers. Over the past century and a half, we have grown into a global material solutions business, today operating 120 production sites in 31 countries with a team of over 5,000 people and a clear strategy through 2025 and beyond.

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My Sibelco story

From our founders back in 1872 to our global team today, people are the driving force behind Sibelco’s success. Read personal messages from some of our colleagues as they reflect on Sibelco’s 150th anniversary. 


Iratxe Mazón, Representative Business Services Spain

“Since 2006 I have been learning and working with fantastic people across the Sibelco family. I am proud that we, as Sibelco, provide minerals and solutions that improve people’s everyday lives.”


Hans Kuenen, Maintenance Manager The Netherlands

“The geological layer in Winterswijk was formed over 200 million years ago. This fascinating combination of geological & industrial history is just one of the reasons why I enjoy working at Sibelco”


Caio Froes, VP Operations South America

“It makes me happy that Sibelco continues to develop premium mineral resources and assets in South America. Building the Sibelco portfolio and business of tomorrow, together with customers and our people is an amazing path.”


Dorothy Tan, Administration Manager Singapore

“I have been with Sibelco since it started in Asia. Being part of its growth has been a unique experience. Throughout this journey what stands out most is our people who made the difference.”


Tjay Lay Tardja, Commercial Director Indonesia

“Sibelco has been a key part of my life for 24 years. Surrounded by people who share a deep commitment to a common purpose makes almost anything possible.”

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