Growth in the world kaolin market will total 2.1% annually through 2020 in volume terms. Advances will be fueled by expanding manufacturing activity in developing countries, particularly in the Asia/Pacific and Africa/Mideast regions. The continuing digitization of media will constrain demand for paper as well as the kaolin used in coated paper products.
This report segments the kaolin industry by Market and Region. Data is provided in thousand metric tons.
Paper will remain the largest of these through 2020. Fastest growth will be for ceramics, driven by economic advances in developing regions, which will bolster demand for kaolin used in sanitaryware and other ceramic goods.
World regions and countries covered in the study include:
•Central & South America
The Africa/Mideast and Asia/Pacific regions will see the strongest advances among world regions through 2020. China will see the fastest growth due to heightened demand for ceramic goods such as tableware.
Kaolin production is heavily concentrated, with the US and China accounting for nearly half of output. Leading kaolin producers include BASF, EICL, Imerys, Kale Group, KaMin, Lasselsberger, Longyan Kaolin Clay, Quarzwerke, and SCR-Sibelco.