RPMinerals Group includes the following companies
Egypt Mining & Drilling Chemicals Company (EMIDC)
Founded in 1988 by Atef Rasheed Abou Morra, EMIDC specializes in the mining and processing of bentonite for primarily the drilling fluids market. EMIDC’s plant operation is located in Borg El Arab Industrial Development Zone. Bentonite is mined locally from deposits (se Mineral Operations) controlled by Rasheed Performance Minerals 65 km southwest of Borg El Arab.(back to top)
Egypt Bentonite & Derivatives Company (EBDC)
By 1995, EMIDC’s business reached processing capacity. Because of land constraints at EMIDC, Rasheed Performance Minerals built another processing facility at a nearby location in Borg El Arab Industrial Development Zone. The new facility operated as Egypt Bentonite & Derivatives Company (EBDC). EBDC focused on new growth opportunities in the foundry industry and the civil engineering industry. To broaden product application capability EBDC began to import bentonite from sources outside Egypt to complement its local bentonite resource. EBDC began to import Wyoming bentonite from its new minority partner, Volclay International (a subsidiary of AMCOL International). Volclay International has a minority stake in EMIDC as well. EMIDC Website(back to top)
ICEMCO Trading Company
Founded in 1997, ICEMCO Trading Company is Rasheed Performance Minerals’ company located in the Amreya Free Trade Zone near Alexandria, Egypt. ICEMCO Trading Company specializes in the distribution of chemical and mineral products primarily to the oilfield for use in water-base and oil-base drilling fluids or commonly referred to as drilling mud Drilling Fluid Additives or Product Information for a list of products available from ICEMCO.
ICEMCO Trading Company is an authorized distributor of Fann® Testing Equipment. ICEMCO Trading Company will become an authorized service center for the maintenance, repair, and calibration of Fann® testing equipment and will open a new service center in the Amreya Free Trade Zone near in early 2011. (See www.fann.com for a complete list of Fann® testing equipment, testing chemicals, and equipment replacement parts) ICEMCO Website(back to top)
Egypt Nano Technologies Company
EMIDC and EBDC continued to prosper and by 2001, additional processing capacity was needed to support the continued growth and expansion into new markets. In 2002, Rasheed Performance Minerals built another processing facility at a nearby location in Borg El Arab Industrial Development Zone. The new facility operates as Egypt Nano Technologies Company (NANO). NANO specializes in the processing of bentonite products for use in paper making, civil engineering, and oilfield markets. Processing includes chemical and mechanical activation of bentonite, blending, milling and packaging.
NANO offers customized products to meet specific performance requirements by utilizing bentonites from a variety of sources combined with its core Egyptian bentonite and incorporating precise and accurate blending and treatment capability and state-of-art milling capacity. (back to top)
Alexandria Mining Company (AMCO)
AMCO was acquired by Rasheed Performance Minerals in 2000 to provide additional milling capacity for bentonite and barite. Also located in Borg El Arab Industrial Development Zone, AMCO has recently increased its milling capacity with the addition of a “ball mill” to mill barite for drilling fluids and clinker for oilfield-grade cement production.(back to top)
IDIC Specialty Drilling Chemicals (IDIC)
IDIC was founded in 2005 by Ahmed Atef Rasheed. IDIC specializes in the manufacturing of organophilic bentonites under the tradename BENTOIL™ and organophilic lignites under the tradename LIGNOIL™. These products are used as drilling fluid additives in oil-based drilling fluids. IDIC also private label these products.
IDIC have developed a patented process for manufacturing organophilic bentonites (BENTOIL) and organophilic lignites (LIGNOIL) to ensure optimal raw material balance yielding the most effective performance. The manufacturing process is adaptive to effectively control raw material balance and process conditions to meet specific customer requirements.
IDIC supply Gilsonite® form the USA under the trademark RP GLM gilsonite (360°F - 380°F softening point) and RP GHM (400°F+ softening point).
IDIC supply a primary emulsifier (WINOIL PE), a secondary emulsifier (WINOIL SE), and a wetting agent (WETOIL)(back to top)