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Dublin, Jan. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Kaolin Market – Global Industry Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities and Forecast, 2018-2028 Segmented by Process (Water Crops, Calcined, Surface Modified, Other), By Application (Paper, Ceramics, Paint & Coatings, Other), By Region and Competition” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.coms to offer.

The kaolin market is expected to grow significantly through 2028 due to increasing demand from the paint and coating industry. The average kaolin price in the United States in 2021 was USD 160 per ton.

Kaolin is widely used in the paint and coating industry and offers better suspension properties, rapid dispersion, corrosion resistance, superior water resistance and reduced viscosity. Kaolin is a fine soft white clay that is the result of the natural decomposition of other clays or feldspar. In addition, due to its excellent chemical properties, kaolin is an important component of many medicines, including mouthwashes, wound dressings, desiccants and temporary acne creams.

In addition, kaolin, with favorable properties including solid color, strength, clarity and grit, is used in ceramic and refractory applications. These characteristics drive demand for the materials used to make ceramic goods such as plates, mugs and other household items. In addition, kaolin is used in the commercial processing of plastics and polymers through blocking, grinding, centering, molding, blasting and chemical treatment. These applications are expected to drive the growth of the market.

Moreover, the increasing demand of paper, automobiles and others are the crucial factors driving the growth of the market.

Increasing demand from the paper industry

This market is propelled by the rising demand from the paper industry for filler. This fabric offers improved paper coverage, printability, clarity and long fibers. The expansion of the paper industry in emerging countries is expected to boost the market. In September 2022, the production of processed paper and board in China was about 11.5 million tons. This expansion is due to the growing demand for paper for printing and packaging applications. In addition, it helps improve the printability of paper by increasing ink absorption, retaining ink pigment, reducing fading tendency and increasing roughness. The strength of paper filled and coated with this substance is increased by the reduction in particle size. Thus, the above factor will drive the expansion of the market over the projected period.

Global increase in construction activity

Increasing rural-urban migration and increased investment in infrastructure have both contributed to an increase in construction activity in developing countries. The kaolin market is growing due to the rising demand for products from home renovation activities in many countries, such as the consumer trend in the US to switch from wood floors to ceramic tiles. A rapid pace is also expected in Europe due to the increasing ceramic production and consumption there. Thus, the global kaolin market is expected to experience substantial growth in the coming years.

Washing with water will continue to be an important process

The reduced impurity levels and improved clarity of the kaolin achieved through this method are responsible for the expansion of the segment. The water-washed method is often used in making hydrous kaolin because it helps retain about 12%-15% water in the clay. The most popular method of converting raw kaolin into finished kaolin products is washing with water.

Recent developments

  • In July 2022, Thiele Kaolin Company announced a price increase of 9% across all product categories due to the current global economic climate, resulting in higher costs for manufacturing operations worldwide. For the company, these cost increases have impacted energy, chemicals, labor, mining, maintenance and other inputs required to produce quality products.

  • The deal to buy BASF SE’s kaolin material division was reached in November 2021 by KaMin LLC and CADAM SA. BASF’s Performance Chemicals division is home to the kaolin minerals industry. This significantly expands the company’s kaolin business worldwide.

Report scope:

Kaolin Market By Process:

  • Water crops

  • Calcined

  • Surface modified

  • Others

Kaolin Market By Application:

  • Paper

  • Ceramics

  • Paints & Coatings

  • Others

Kaolin Market, By Region:

  • North America

  • United States

  • Mexico

  • Canada

  • Europe

  • France

  • Germany

  • United Kingdom

  • Italy

  • Spain

  • Asia Pacific

  • China

  • India

  • South Korea

  • Japan

  • Indonesia

  • Australia

  • South America

  • Brazil

  • Argentina

  • Colombia

  • Middle East & Africa

  • South Africa

  • Saudi Arabia

  • UAE

  • Egypt

  • Turkey

Main topics:

1. Product overview

2. Research Methodology

3. Summary

4. Voice of the customer

5. Global Kaolin Market Outlook

6. Kaolin Market Outlook in North America

7. European kaolin market prospects

8. Asia-Pacific Kaolin Market Outlook

9. South American kaolin market prospects

10. Kaolin market prospects in the Middle East and Africa

11. Market Dynamics

12. Market Trends & Developments

13. Global Kaolin Market : SWOT Analysis

14. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

15. Competitive landscape

16. Strategic Recommendations

Mentioned companies


  • I-Minerals Inc.

  • Microns Ltd.

  • Imerys SA

  • EICL Ltd.

  • SCR-Sibelco NV

  • Sedlecky Kaolin AS

  • Quartzworks GmbH

  • Thiele Kaolin Company

  • LB Minerals BV

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