Talc (Magnesium Silicate)

Scotia Talc Mine commenced operations in 1908 and today is a modern underground mining operation using drilling and blasting to extract talc ore. The ore is brought to the surface where it is crushed and milled to a sub 45 micron, 25 micron or 10 micron particle size using ball mills and air classification. The talc is separated by product whiteness into various grades. The plant produces some 7,000 tones per year of milled Industrial Grade Talc for local and export sales. The known reserves for this mine will keep it operational for a further 40 years at current production levels.  Talc is used mainly as a filler in paints, soap, vinyl tiles, body fillers, and fertilizers with a number of other uses such as insecticide carriers.  The talc is packed in bulk bags or 25 kg bags and can be palletized and stretch wrapped if required.