Making life better through our passion for minerals and chemistry

Thinking of Tomorrow

For 140 years, Omya has been using natural minerals and chemistry to improve life for current and future generations. Our products can be found in a broad range of everyday items, improving their functionality, appearance or sustainability. When you clean your teeth, open your window, read your book or turn on your tap, you touch our products.

Learn more about our history

Omya is a leading global producer of essential minerals and a worldwide distributor of specialty materials.

A trusted partner for global distribution

Omya partners with leading manufacturers of specialty materials to offer a full portfolio of pigments, binders and additives to customers worldwide.


We distribute engineered materials as well as specialty ingredients, supporting customers with technical advice and application development.

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Celebrating 140 years

In 1884, Emma Staufer and Gottfried Plüss formed a small business in Oftringen, Switzerland, to manufacture high quality window putty from chalk and linseed oil. Now 140 years later, Omya is a global company operating in diverse industries from polymers to paper, agriculture to personal care, construction to water treatment, among others.


Sustainability is key to our success and that of our customers

Omya’s approach to sustainability is twofold: we focus on our own performance in terms of social, environmental and economic measures, and we focus on helping our customers be more sustainable.


Our natural mineral solutions have a low carbon footprint compared with many of the materials they replace.

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Omya facts & figures

Omya takes a long-term approach to business.
  • CHF 4

    billion turnover
  • 160

  • 50

  • 9000

  • 17

    dedicated laboratories
  • 325

    patent families