Global China Clay Market To Grow At A CAGR Of 4.1% By 2028

23-Nov-2022 | Zion Market Research

The global China clay market size was worth around USD 4.3 billion in 2021 and is predicted to grow to around USD 5.7 billion by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 4.1% between 2022 and 2028.

China clay, commonly known as kaolin, is a white-colored loose, dense, fine, flaky, earthy aggregate material found in the earth's crust. The word Kaolin comes from the raw material kaolinite, which is a clay mineral. Impurities change the color of china clay, making it reddish, brownish, or bluish. This affects the product's commercial worth. Purity, brightness, glossiness, viscosity, and abrasiveness are some of the qualities that determine its commercial utility.

The rising demand for kaolin is propelling market growth in a variety of end-use industries, including paper, ceramics, paints and coatings, and rubber. Construction activities are increasing around the world to meet the needs of an expanding population, driving increased demand for this business.

The growing demand for China clay or kaolin in the paper sector, where it is largely used as a filler, is driving the global China clay market. This rise is due to the rising demand for paper from a variety of end-use industries, including packaging and printing. Furthermore, China clay, which is used in the production of sanitary ware and ceramic tiles, is expected to grow in demand.

The global China clay market is segmented based on the process, application, industry vertical, and region.

The global market is divided into water-washed, airfloat, calcined, delaminated, and surface-modified & unprocessed segments based on the process. During the projected period, the water-washed sector will increase at the fastest CAGR. Water-washed kaolin is subjected to a rigorous process of slurring, crushing, grinding, sifting, sorting, centrifuging, chemically and perhaps concentrating, drying, and magnetically treating to achieve particle size, purity, residue, and brightness.

Water-washed kaolin maintains 14% of the hydration-bound water found in crude kaolin, making it hydrous kaolin. Calcined kaolins are made by subjecting water-washed kaolin to heat treatment, also known as calcination. The end product dictates the choice of water-washed feed kaolin for processing. Calcined kaolin is anhydrous, which means that 14% of the hydration-bound water in crude clay was eliminated during the calcining process.

Calcined kaolin is widely used in glazes for ceramics, but it can also be used to modify the shrinkage and plasticity of slips (engobes) used on wet or leather hardware. Calcined kaolin softens around cone 35 and is a refractory material. Refractory castables and furnishings, low expansion bodies, thermal insulation bodies, investment casting, and permeable ceramic compositions are among its applications.

The market is divided into applications such as paper coating & filling, insecticide, feedstock treatment, pharmaceuticals & cosmetics, paints & coatings, and others. The paper coating and filling category had the highest revenue share in 2021 and is predicted to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. Kaolin is a white clay mineral that enhances the appearance of paper by making it glossy, brilliant, flowing, and opaque. It improves paper printability by increasing other paper qualities like tincture absorption, pigment holdouts, and a low inclination to lint and roughness. Because whiteness is a major determinant of the finished paper product price, paper qualities with higher whiteness are more expensive than those with lower whiteness.

The global market is classified into industry verticals, which include the paper industry, ceramic industry, agriculture sector, paints industry, pharmaceutical industry, and others. Because of the rising usage of paper and paper-based goods in many sectors and institutions, the paper industry is predicted to hold the biggest market share during the projection period. Furthermore, for the printing of books, ledgers, and notebooks, publishers and bookies rely largely on high-quality papers of diverse kinds.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the use of kaolin-based paper for food packaging. Growing environmental concerns, as well as a shift toward eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging, are expected to boost demand for mineral-coated paper and revenue growth over the forecast period.

The market for China clay is divided into five regions based on geography: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. The Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. Economic expansion and fast industrialization have fueled the growth of the Asia Pacific kaolin market. During the forecast period, the region is expected to increase at the fastest rate. Countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, and South Korea are expected to contribute significantly to the expansion of regional marketspace.

The global China clay market is dominated by players like Imerys S.A., BASF SE, EICL Limited, KaMin LLC, Minotaur Exploration Limited, I-Minerals, Inc., LB MINERALS, Ltd., 20 Microns Ltd., SCR-Sibelco NV, and Active Minerals International, LLC, among others.

Recent Development:

  • In November 2020, Andromeda Metals (ADN) released a revised mineral resource estimate for its joint venture, the Great White Kaolin Project. ADN holds 75% of the South Australian project, while Minotaur Exploration controls the other 25%. Andromeda's resource has been increased to 34.6 billion tonnes of dazzling white kaolinized granite with an ISO Brightness cut-off of 75 after a series of drilling operations. This new resource represents a 33% increase above the previous estimate of 8.6 billion tonnes.

This review is based on a report by Zion Market Research, titled China Clay Market By Process (Water-washed, Airfloat, Calcined, Delaminated, and Surface-modified & Unprocessed), By Application (Paper Coating and Filling, Pesticide, Feedstock Treatment, Medicines and Cosmetics, Paints & Coatings, and Others), By Industry Vertical  (Paper Industry, Ceramic Industry, Agricultural Industry, Paints Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry, and Others) and By Region - Global and Regional Industry Overview, Market Intelligence, Comprehensive Analysis, Historical Data, and Forecasts 2022 – 2028.”- Report at

The global China clay market is segmented as follows:

By Process

  • Water-washed
  • Airfloat
  • Calcined
  • Delaminated
  • Surface-modified & Unprocessed

By Application

  • Paper Coating and Filling
  • Pesticide
  • Feedstock Treatment
  • Medicines and Cosmetics
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Others

By Industry Vertical

  • Paper Industry
  • Ceramic Industry
  • Agricultural Industry
  • Paints Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France
    • The UK
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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