Kaolin is naturally occurring clay commonly known as China clay having application in multiplicity of industry owing to particle size, colour, non-abrasiveness and softness. Growth in construction activities mainly in China and India owing to increase in migration of rural population to urban areas has led to increase in new houses construction, thus growing demand for ceramic tiles and ceramic wares, which is likely to promote product demand. Positive indicators towards use of kaolin in cosmetics products such as bath powers, mask, oil control creams, soaps and foundation cake makeup will further accelerate market growth.
Application potential of kaolin in paints & coating industry to replace expensive pigments such as titanium dioxide in pant formulation owing to cost effectiveness and similar particle size will drive industry growth. Key properties of kaolin includes water resistance, reduce viscosities, rapid dispersion, better suspension properties along with enhancing paint performance. Water washed kaolin is used in paints to remove mineral impurities and is chemically bleached with magnetic separation to improve colour and brightness.
Rising application scope of kaolin in paper industry will have positive impact on market growth. Paper industry accounts for over 60% of the U.S. kaolin usage. It is used as a filler and coater owing to low cost than pulp along with increase in demand for colour printing which requires coated paper. Kaolin improves ink pigment hold out and ink absorption along with enhancing paper printability. Rapid expansion in ecommerce industry is likely to increase demand for paper in packaging application, thus stimulating demand for kaolin in paper processing.
The report analyses the global kaolin market based on type, process, form, end user and geography.
Based on type global kaolin market is segmented into Natural, Synthetic. The natural kaolin segment is further divided into calcined and hydrous. By form the kaolin market is divided into liquid slurry, powder, semi-dry form. Powder form of kaolin has extensive application as dusting powder or wet dressing to use directly on skin to dry or soften skin.
The process segment is categorized in water-washed, airfloat, calcined, delaminated, surface-modified & unprocessed. Water washed clay are manufactured by subjecting crude clay to intensive process including grinding, sieving, centrifuging, chemically & magnetically treating, concentrating and dyeing to achieve desired purity, brightness, residue and particle size. These are hydrous kaolin processed to retain over 14% of water and have wide application scope in building and construction industry. Surface modified and untreated clay are produced by treating calcined clay with a chemical for specific application.
Furthermore, the major end users considered in the study are ceramics & sanitary ware, paper, fiberglass, paints & coatings, plastic, rubber. Ceramic and sanitary wear accounts for major share in kaolin market. Kaolin finds application in insulators, whiteware, and refractories. It comprise of accurate moulding property control, adds fire and dry strength, dimensional stability and smooth surface finish to the ware. Its excellent properties like chemical inertness and dielectrc properties which makes it suitable for porcelain insulators.
Geographically the kaolin market consists of North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. North America driven by Canada and U.S. will dominate kaolin market in 2019. Favourable regulatory norms regarding GRAS approval for kaolin considering it safe for human usage will positively favour market size. Asia Pacific emerged as a fastest growing region with owing to large scale manufacturing and exports growth in China, Japan and India supported by growing demand from end use industries such as paints & coatings and paper industry will accelerate industry growth in this region.
The key players in the kaolin market share are Imerys S.A., BASF SE, Ashapura Group, Scr-Sibelco N.V., Eicl Limited, Kamin LLC, W. R. GRACE & CO., MICRONS LIMITED, Thiele Kaolin Company, Lasselsberger Group, Sedlecký Kaolin, A.S., Active Minerals International LLC, I-minerals Inc, Prosco Resources Limited, Keramost, A.S, Shree Ram Group, Uma Group Of Kaolin, Jiangxi Sincere mineral industry co., ltd., Active Minerals International, LLC, KAOLIN (MALAYSIA) SDN. BHD., Kerala Clays & Ceramic Products Ltd.,Manek Group and Prosco Resources Limited. Major players in the competitive landscape are engaged in strategic partnerships, acquisition and collaboration.
The report analyses the global kaolin market based on type, process, form, end user and geography. Various type studied are segmented into natural, synthetic. The natural kaolin segment is further divided into calcined and hydrous. By form the kaolin market is divided into liquid slurry, powder, semi-dry form. The process segment is categorized in water-washed, airfloat, calcined, delaminated, surface-modified & unprocessed. Furthermore, the major end users considered in the study are ceramics & sanitary ware, paper, fiberglass, paints & coatings, plastic, rubber.
The global market is studied for the key regions such as, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. North America comprises of U.S., Canada and Mexico. Whereas, Europe covers UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Rest of Europe. The key countries included under Asia Pacific are China, India, Japan and Rest of Asia Pacific. The Rest of the world include Latin America and Middle East & Africa.
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