The Sorptive Minerals Institute (SMI) was founded in 1970 to represent the absorbent clay industry. The six founding member companies envisioned a not-for-profit industry trade association that would serve as the marketing, promotion and research arm of the absorbent clay industry with the goal of enhancing long-range growth and profitability.
At the time of its founding, SMI members produced products that were being used in industrial oil & grease absorbents, cat litter, soil conditioners and carriers for pesticides used in farming. In the ensuing years many additional products have been developed, with applications as varied as cosmetics, filtration media and clumping cat litter.
Over the years the SMI Technical Committee, which is comprised of scientists from the member companies, has undertaken several projects related to the science and mineralogy of sorptive minerals. Their groundbreaking work in this area has been presented at conferences in the United States and abroad, garnering recognition from scientists from around the world.
Thanks to the energy and commitment of the members, SMI continues to be a proactive organization dedicated to the same ideals and the same vision that marked its founding in 1970.