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Global Bentonite Market 2017-2021

About Bentonite

Bentonite is a sedimentary deposit; it is volcanic in origin and contains more than 50% montmorillonite. Bentonite is surface mined, dried, crushed, and sent through grinding mills to be sized based on customer requirements. Processed bentonite can also be chemically modified. Bentonite has a unique chemical structure that enables it to act as a sealant, binder, thickener, lubricant and absorption agent. Primarily, there are two types of natural bentonite: calcium and sodium.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global bentonite market to grow at a CAGR of 2.09% during the period 2017-2021.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global bentonite market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of bentonite in the global market.

The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA
Technavio's report, Global Bentonite Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
  • Ashapura
  • Cimbar Performance Minerals
  • IMERYS
  • Mineral Technologies
  • Wyo-Ben
Other prominent vendors
  • American Bentonite International (ABI)
  • Bentonite Performance Minerals
  • HI-TECH MINERALS & CHEMICALS
  • Kutch Minerals
  • MidPoint Chemicals Company
Market driver
  • Horizontal drilling: An innovation in oil and gas extraction
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market challenge
  • Competition from organic binders
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market trend
  • Organically modified bentonites: Increased use in geosynthetic clay liner system
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Key questions answered in this report
  • What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Bentonite Market 2017-2021

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global bentonite market: Ashapura, CIMBAR PERFORMANCE MINERALS, IMERYS, Mineral Technologies, and Wyo-Ben

Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: American Bentonite International, Bentonite Performance Minerals, Hi-Tech Minerals & Chemicals, Kutch Minerals, and MidPoint Chemicals Company

Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “Organically modified bentonite clay is used to improve the performance of clay for organic pollutants. Geosynthetic clay liners and geomembranes are widely used to control the migration of leachates from waste disposal facilities. Geomembranes possess many limitations and require well-constructed clay back up. Geosynthetic clay liners perform better and are easy to construct and reduce the volume of the lining system for disposal facilities. Geosynthetic clays have bentonite glued to geomembrane that helps in reducing permeability, improving their mechanical properties, and improving the retention capacity for various pollutants present in the leachates. However, bentonite has high retention capacity only with respect to inorganic ions. Thus, the clay needs to be organically modified to improve bentonite’s retention capacity for organic contaminants. The contents of organically modified bentonite and bentonite are chosen based on their geotechnical and sorption capacities.”

According to the report, technological advances in drilling technologies have revolutionized the oil and gas industry, and have enabled access to the most remote locations, unconventional formations, deep-water regions, and even the arctic. Such developments have played a key role in driving the consumption of bentonite for drilling. Horizontal drilling, coupled with hydraulic fracturing, has unlocked the unconventional potential of several regions such as the shale gas boom in North America and new discoveries in the offshore regions of Europe and Africa. In North America, horizontal drilling rigs constitute the largest share of the overall rig count, with 78%, whereas directional and vertical rigs account only for 11%, as of June 2015. Horizontal drilling allows the operator to drill long, lateral wells at sections of wellbores to access the entire reservoir. The growing adoption of lateral drilling techniques is estimated to boost the demand for bentonite, as it facilitates drilling of new reservoirs. These new drilling technologies also include hydraulic fracturing, which involves pumping water into underground reservoir rocks at high pressure to create fractures in the formation. This causes the trapped petroleum reserves, which can be extracted later, to be released. Hydraulic fracturing, when used in conjunction with horizontal drilling, provides drilling access to unconventional resources. This technique is widely used in new drilling activities, particularly in regions such as North America, APAC, Central and Latin America, and Africa, hence fueling the growth of the market.

Further, the report states that iron ore pelletizing from low-grade ores is a very important development in the beneficiation of iron ore. The quality of mined iron ore is decreasing globally. This has led to an increase in levels of silica in the concentrate. Bentonite is the most widely used inorganic binder in this industry. Bentonite improves the physical quality of pellet at all stages of agglomeration; however, it leads to high levels of silica. Bentonite assays have more than 50% SiO₂. Thus, in order to reduce or prevent the silica content while mining a lower grade ore, organic binders are preferred.

Companies Mentioned

Ashapura, CIMBAR PERFORMANCE MINERALS, IMERYS, Mineral Technologies, Wyo-Ben, American Bentonite International, Bentonite Performance Minerals, Hi-Tech Minerals & Chemicals, Kutch Minerals, MidPoint Chemicals Company.

  • Executive summary
  • Scope of the Report
  • Research Methodology
  • Introduction
    • Key market highlights
    • Overview
      • Table Relative properties of calcium and sodium bentonite
      • Table Bentonite production through mining 2015 (% share)
  • Market landscape
    • Global bentonite market
      • Table Global bentonite market
      • Table Global bentonite market 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Global bentonite market 2016-2021
  • Market segmentation by product form
    • Global bentonite market by product form
      • Table Global bentonite market by product form 2016 and 2021 (% share)
      • Table Global bentonite market by product form 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
    • Global sodium bentonite market
      • Table Global sodium bentonite market 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Global sodium bentonite market 2016-2021
    • Global calcium bentonite market
      • Table Global calcium bentonite market 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Global calcium bentonite market 2016-2021
    • Global others bentonite market
      • Table Global others bentonite market 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Global others bentonite market 2016-2021
  • Market segmentation by application
    • Global bentonite market by application
      • Table Global bentonite market by application 2016 and 2021 (% share)
      • Table Global bentonite market by application 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
    • Global bentonite market for foundry sand
      • Table Global bentonite market for foundry sand 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Global bentonite market for foundry sand 2016-2021
      • Table Global ferrous castings market 2015
    • Global bentonite market for iron ore pelletizing
      • Table Global bentonite market for iron ore pelletizing 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Global bentonite market for iron ore pelletizing 2016-2021
    • Global bentonite market for pet litter
      • Table Global bentonite market for pet litter 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Global bentonite market for pet litter 2016-2021
    • Global bentonite market for drilling mud
      • Table Global bentonite market for drilling mud 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Global bentonite market for drilling mud 2016-2021
    • Global bentonite market for civil engineering
      • Table Global bentonite market for civil engineering 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Global bentonite market for civil engineering 2016-2021
    • Global bentonite market for others
      • Table Global bentonite market for others 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Global bentonite market for others 2016-2021
  • Geographical segmentation
    • Global bentonite market by geography
      • Table Global bentonite market by geography 2016 and 2021
      • Table Global bentonite market by geography 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
    • Bentonite market in Americas
      • Table Bentonite market in Americas 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Bentonite market in Americas 2016-2021
      • Table Bentonite market in Americas by application 2016
    • Bentonite market in APAC
      • Table Bentonite market in APAC 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Bentonite market in APAC 2016-2021
      • Table Bentonite market by application in APAC
    • Bentonite market in EMEA
      • Table Bentonite market in EMEA 2016 and 2021 (million metric tons)
      • Table Bentonite market in EMEA 2016-2021
      • Table Bentonite market in Europe by application 2016
  • Market drivers
    • Horizontal drilling: An innovation in oil and gas extraction
    • Pet humanization: An uplifting concept in US and Europe
      • Table Pet ownership by key countries in North America
      • Table Pet ownership by key countries in Europe
    • India and China: Steel intensive markets
  • Impact of drivers
    • Table Impact of drivers
  • Market challenges
    • Competition from organic binders
    • Declining oil drilling activities
    • Challenges with edible sodium bentonite
  • Impact of drivers and challenges
    • Table Impact of drivers and challenges
  • Market trends
    • Organically modified bentonites: Increased use in geosynthetic clay liner system
    • Compacted sodium bentonite as backfill in radioactive waste repositories
    • Bentonite usage developments
  • Vendor landscape
    • Competitive scenario
      • Table Global bentonite market: Key vendors
    • Other prominent vendors
  • Key vendor analysis
    • Ashapura Group
      • Table Ashapura Group: Product offerings
    • CIMBAR PERFORMANCE MINERALS
      • Table CIMBAR PERFORMANCE MINERALS: Product offerings
    • IMERYS
      • Table IMERYS: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table IMERYS: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2015
    • Mineral Technologies
      • Table Mineral Technologies: Business segmentation 2015
    • Wyo-Ben
      • Table Wyo-Ben: Product offerings
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
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