To be the leading provider of blasting expertise, superior services and products, partnering with our customers to fully unlock the potential of their operations.
Safety is at the core of everything we do
Behave in an honest, accountable and responsible manner
Deliver optimised solutions to solve operational challenges
People are the driving force behind our business
Leading changes for more efficient and dynamic solutions
To provide expert advice, superior services and products to the Quarrying, Mining and Civil Engineering industries.
Irish Industrial Explosives Ltd (IIE) founded in 1964 was later joined by Ulster Industrial Explosives Ltd (UIE) founded in 1973. Both companies are part of the EPC Groupe and have been serving the Mining, Quarrying & Civil Engineering Industries on the island of Ireland over this time. Providing customers with global safety standards and the very latest in explosive technology. In 2023, both companies rebranded to adopt a single identity, Kemek.
Irish Industrial Explosives Limited was founded
IIE factory opened manufacturing Frangex (Nitro-glycerine based explosive) and Ammogex (Anfo)
Merger with Imperial Chemical Industries PLC
Kemek Limited was founded
Ulster Industrial Explosives Limited (UIE) was founded
UIE begins manufacturing Energel (Watergel cartridge) product for Northern Ireland market
IIE begins manufacturing Kemegel (Watergel Cartridge) production for the Irish Market
Kemex emulsion product introduced, using Mobile Explosive Manufacturing Units (MEMU’s)
IIE’s Ballygiblin Depot, Co. Cork opens
Introduction of underground emulsion (Kemex-U) at the Lisheen Mine, Co. Tipperary
Frangex production ceases at IIE’s Factory
Introduction of Emugel (cartridge emulsion) production at IIE factory
UIE’s cartridge plant closes
IIE’s Kilkelly Depot, Co. Mayo opens
Emugel production ceases at IIE’s Factory
Head office is relocated to the IIE factory grounds
A forward focused outlook, continuously advancing to develop better business practices and meaningful impact
Safely manufacturing, transporting, delivering and using explosives is our number one priority.
Developing processes, services and opportunities with diversity and inclusion to promote equality for all
Working to improve sustainability across our operations and supply chains
Engaging with our communities to support local initiatives
Investing in operations and education to enhance skill sets, adapt behaviours and evolve processes and practices