The original parent company, Resource Refineries Ltd, was formed in 1992 by Mr Paul Tidmarsh to process, primarily aluminium dross from secondary smelters in New Zealand.
In 1998 the zeolite deposit, process facility, brands, and markets owned by Fernz Corporation, were purchased. The resultant expanding business continued to trade under the name of Resource Refineries Ltd, with the zeolite arm being known as NZ Natural Zeolite.
The aluminium dross plant was sold to an Australian interest.
First commercial samples of perlite shipped.
This was the year significant volumes of perlite began to be shipped to South East Asia, equating now to more than 300 containers annually. The end use for the perlite has been split between two distinctively different applications - foundry and petrochemical industry applications.
Entry into the Australian cat litter market occurred in 2011. Since then, between 400 and 500 containers per year are shipped to Australia.
2014 - 15
Recent investment has involved upgrading BPM’s quarrying equipment and quarry storage facilities, an expansion of current buildings and the addition of the 4,500 square metre building to house the new zeolite processing plant. Production is expected to double to over 2000 container movements each year of zeolite and perlite. The new plant processes solely zeolite. This is only 1km south of the “north site” which now processes solely perlite.
1995 - 8
Paul Tidmarsh (owner) and Dave Hill (Managing Director) joined forces in 1995, initially exploring areas south of Rotorua looking for zeolite deposits with characteristics that suited specific market requirements. Two mining permits were issued as well as an exploration permit looking at a number of other prospective sites.
BPM bought land in Ngakuru. Put up storage sheds and developed the start of the quarry that enabled BPM to begin extraction to service the demand from zeolite markets. Since then BPM have invested in additional storage sheds and have a fully developed quarry with all the requisite, associated mobile machinery.
Paul and Dave set their sights on broadening the company’s single mineral focus on zeolite to include the mineral perlite. Perlite was found at a site 22 kilometres south of Tokoroa where BPM has developed a quarry and has long-term access rights to that forestry land.
Blue Pacific Minerals (BPM) was born. It has thrived to become New Zealand’s largest processor of zeolite and perlite.
2008 - 9
BPM bought the site in Tokoroa which now houses the offices and new plant. BPM moved to Tokoroa in 2009.
BPM purchased a company called Central Excavations Ltd, which was essentially a StockRock (crushed zeolite) contracting and sales business. StockRock has since become a strong and growing part of BPM’s business.
Official opening of new South Plant Processing facility.