Kaolin Market Leader & Key Revenue Pockets
The global kaolin market size is estimated at USD 3.1billionin 2020 and is projected to reach USD 4.1 billionby 2025, at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2020 to 2025. The growth of the market isprimarily driven by the rising demand for kaolin from end-use industries suchas paper, ceramics &sanitarywares, and paints & coatings. Rising demandfor paper packaging due to e-commerce activities has fueled the need for paper.High demand for ceramic tiles in the construction sector of highly populatedand emerging economies is driving the market for kaolin.
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Majorcompanies such asImerys S.A. (France), BASF SE (Germany), Ashapura Group(India), EICL Limited (India), SCR-Sibelco N.V. (Belgium), KaMin LLC (US),Thiele Kaolin Company (US), LASSELSBERGER Group (Hungary), Quarzwerke GmbH(Germany), Sedlecký kaolin a. s. (Czech Republic), I-Minerals lnc. (Canada), 20Microns Limited (India), Minotaur Exploration Limited (Australia), W. R. Grace& Co. (US), Shree Ram Group (India), KERAMOST, a.s. (Czech Republic) UmaGroup of Kaolin (India), Jiangxi Sincere Mineral Industry Co., Ltd. (China), andActive Minerals International, LLC (US)are key players in the global kaolinmarket.These players have been focusing on developmental strategies, such as Mergers& acquisitions, agreements, partnerships, expansions, investments, anddivestments, which have helped them expand their businesses in untapped andpotential markets.
Imerys S.A. is a leadingsupplier for kaolin in end-use industries such as paper, ceramics&sanitarywares, paints & coatings, rubber, and plastics. The companyhas worldwide business operations, including major countries such as the US,China, and the UK in the kaolin market. As a part of its key growth strategy, the company focuses on jointventures and acquisitions to gain a competitive edge over its peers in thekaolin market. The company also focuses on expanding its customer base andstrengthening its foothold in the emerging markets. In February 2019, KaopoliteInc, a subsidiary of Imerys S.A. and the world’s leading supplier of kaolins tothe auto care, hard surface cleaning, and personal care industries, formed adistribution partnership in Canada with Debro Inc. (Canada). This partnershiphelped the company expand and strengthen its market position in Canada.
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BASF SE isamong the key players in the kaolin market. In 1908, BASF began its kaolinoperations in McIntyre, Georgia. It is one of the largest global leaders incalcined kaolin, which is used in paints and coatings, plastics, and rubber, aswell as thermal paper and catalytic substrates. These segments are integral togrowing industries such as automotive and construction. Presently, the companyhas four operating plants in the US, which are engaged in the mining andprocessing of kaolin. The company’s products are used in industries such aspaper, plastics, rubber, construction, paints & coatings, and agriculture.The company has an extensive distribution and supply chain network acrossvarious regions to cater to the demand for kaolin products from end-useindustries. In February 2018, BASF SE invested approximately USD 200 million onits kaolin business for its infrastructure and process improvement in MiddleGeorgia, US. This has helped the company to meet the demand for kaolin risingfrom various end-use industries.
The globalkaolinmarket size is estimated at USD 3.1 billionin 2020 and is projected toreach USD 4.1billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2020 to 2025. Increase in demandfor kaolin from various end-use industries such as paper, plastics, ceramic&sanitarywares, rubber, fiberglass, paints & coatings and others.Moreover,the abundant availability of kaolin hasalso fueled the demand for kaolin.
Basedonthe end-use industry, the kaolinmarket has been segmented into paper,ceramic &sanitarywares, fiberglass, paints & coatings, rubber,plastics, and others.The papersegment is expected to lead the kaolin market. This is due to improvementin paper appearance, which is characterized by gloss, smoothness, brightness,and opacity. Kaolin also improves various other properties of paper such as inkabsorption and ink pigment holdout, low linting tendency, and roughness, which,in turn, enhance the printability of paper. Kaolin is combined with pigmentssuch as calcium carbonate, talc, or titanium dioxide to produce the desiredeffect in the coated paper during the process involved to produce paper
Basedon the process, the kaolin market has been segmented into includewater-washed, airfloat, calcined, delaminated, and surface-modified &unprocessed. The growth of thewater-washed segment can be attributed toincrease in demand for ceramicsfrom the building &the construction industry is among the most significantfactors projected to drive the water-washed kaolin market, as this kaolin ismajorly used in the manufacture of ceramic products. Advantage of using the water-washedprocess in the production of hydrous kaolin as this process helps to retainwater in the clay for about 12%-14%.
The kaolinmarketin the Asia Pacific region is projected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2020and 2025. China accounted for the major share of the Asia Pacific kaolinmarketin 2019. This can be attributed to industrial development in the country andits improving economic conditions. This region constitutes approximately 60% ofthe world’s population, resulting in the wide-scale use of kaolin in the paper,plastics, rubber, and ceramic &sanitarywares end-use industries.