Thiele Kaolin Company is among the world s leading sources of processed kaolin pigments. The company mines, processes, blends and delivers a full array of kaolin coating and filler pigments, tailored to meet the specific needs of individual applications. The ISO 9001:2000 certified company maintains facilities in North America and Europe. Established more than 50 years ago, Thiele's kaolin resources are extensive and carefully managed for the benefit of its customers, the environment and associated communities. The company is a pioneer in its attention to environmental preservation and its thorough approach to the reclamation of mined lands. Geological exploration and mapping are an ongoing component of Thiele s commitment to the pigment needs of the future. Thiele operates one of the largest research and development centers in the world, dedicated solely to pigment-related issues. In addition, Thiele operates a specialized paper coating laboratory in Sandersville, Ga., where it maintains its headquarters.