The town of Bogou, located at the foot of Mount Tinguelin, around 15 kilometers from Garoua, capital city of the North Cameroon region, hosts an important deposit of feldspar. The information is revealed by the government paper Quotidien, which quotes the local director of the Mission for the Promotion of Local Materials (Mipromalo). Achille Balo Madi however did not specify the capacity of this deposit.
With this discovery, the manager of Mipromalo is dreaming of manufacturing toilets and floor and wall tiles locally, construction materials imported up until now. Indeed, a European Association of Feldspar Producers’ document states that this raw material “is the most important ingredient in the production of ceramics, after clay“.
As well as being used in the production of tiles, WCs, glasses, plates and other ceramic objects, feldspar we learn, is also used in the manufacture of welding electrodes and their coating, latex foam, and even aggregates for road surfacing.