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Global Kaolin Market: Growth, Future Prospects & Competitive Analysis, 2018 – 2026


Kaolin, commonly referred to as ‘China Clay’ is a white, soft, plastic clay belonging to a group of alumino silicates. Kaolin is obtained after the hydrothermal and weathering process of anhydrous aluminum silicates, found in feldspar rocks, such as granite. Properties of kaolin such as whiteness coupled with its plastic content makes kaolin an ideal material to be used as a filler, extender, raw material and pigment in refractories, fiber glass and cement industries.

Growing use of kaolin owing to its inertness over a wide range of pH along with its ability to provide smoothness, gloss, low abrasivity, paint absorbency and brightness to the paper surface is expected drive the market in the coming years. Kaolin toughens the fibers in plastic products such as in cars, boats, marines, aviation products, etc. Increasing demand for kaolin products such as ‘British Pharmacopoeia Light Kaolin’ (BPLK) and ‘Heavy Kaolin’ for human and veterinary medical products to treat digestion issues is another prime factor for market growth. Demand for kaolin as an excipient in personal care products as well as in Thalasso therapy for bath and skin treatments has further surged the market growth. Additionally, utilization of BPLK in the development of multiple dietary products, foot-powders along with its use in the specialized treatment of lung disorders is forecasted to catapult the market in the years to come. There has been a growing demand for the kaolin from the paints industry on account of its ability to improve gloss and color properties which has contributed to the growth of the industry.

By application, global kaolin market has been segmented into paper, ceramic, paint and adhesives, cement, rubbers, fiberglass, and others (cosmetic products, pharmaceutical products, etc.). In addition, escalating demand of kaolin from rubber, paints and coatings, fiber glass is expected to augment market development. Kaolin is widely used as a particulate mineral in filling and coating in the paper applications. Rubber is expected to witness the major growth potential over the forecast period owing to the use of kaolin as a filler to strengthen the base material and increase reinforcement properties.

Companies such as KaMin, Imerys, and Thiele Kaolin are majorly involved in exploration, extraction and supply of kaolin to major end use industries. Rapid industrialization in emerging economies of Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East along with re-emergence of construction sector is expected to enhance the demand for kaolin across copious applications during the overall period. Apart from this, steps taken by governments of developing regions of China and India to improve the rate of literacy in the country are expected to bring about high demand for paper consequently driving the global kaolin market. However, use of kaolin during hydraulic fracking is expected to increase in North America owing to large shale explorations in the region.

Rising energy costs has forced kaolin manufacturers to increase the price of their products since energy is consumed at each step starting from extraction to manufacturing the finished product. In addition, companies are increasingly focusing on advancements in technology as well as tapping unexplored applications such as printing inks.

Global Kaolin Market is segmented as below:

  • By Application
    • Paper
    • Ceramics
    • Paint and Adhesives
    • Cement
    • Rubbers
    • Fiberglass
    • Others (Cosmetic products, Pharmaceutical products, etc.)      
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Europe
      • U.K.
      • France
      • Germany
      • Spain
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • Rest of APAC
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Middle-East & Africa (MEA)
      • GCC
      • Rest of MEA

Key players across the Kaolin Market value chain are:

BASF SE, I-Minerals Inc., Imerys SA, Thiele Kaolin, KaMin LLC, LB Minerals Ltd., Quarzwerke GmbH, Ukrainian Kaolin Company, Kaolin AD and other notable players.

This report offers:

  • Assessment of Kaolin market trends for the period 2016-2026
  • Historical (past) information for 2016 & 2017 and projections with CAGRs from 2018 to 2026 considering 2017 as base year for the market
  • Market drivers, restraints, opportunities and competitive analysis (market positioning) of key market players
  • Overview of the Kaolin industry value chain
  • Company profiling with major information about the key players operating in Kaolin market
  • Estimation of market size in terms of value and volume
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Published Date:  Mar 2018
Category:  Chemicals
Report ID:   59017
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