Industrial Clay Market Size Report, Industry Share, Analysis, Growth, 2030

Industrial Clay Market

Industrial Clay Market By Application (Rubber, Paints, Catalyst, Cement, Ceramics, Refractories, and Others), By Type (Chlorite, Illite, Smectite, Kaolin, and Others), and By Region - Global and Regional Industry Overview, Market Intelligence, Comprehensive Analysis, Historical Data, and Forecasts 2023 – 2030

Category: Chemical & Materials Report Format : PDF Pages: 217 Report Code: ZMR-7267 Published Date: Jun-2023 Status : Published
Market Size in 2022 Market Forecast in 2030 CAGR (in %) Base Year
USD 5.12 Billion USD 7.84 Billion 5.64% 2022

Industrial Clay Industry Prospective:

The global industrial clay market size was worth around USD 5.12 billion in 2022 and is predicted to grow to around USD 7.84 billion by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 5.64% between 2023 and 2030.

The report analyzes the global industrial clay market drivers, restraints/challenges, and the effect they have on the demands during the projection period. In addition, the report explores emerging opportunities in the industrial clay industry.

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Industrial Clay Market: Overview

Industrial clay is also known as industrial minerals or clay minerals. It is a group of naturally occurring minerals that exhibit specific properties and are used extensively in several industrial applications. Primarily, they are composed of hydrated silicates of aluminum along with other minerals such as quartz, feldspar, and mica. Industrial clay is formed through the process of decomposition or weathering of rocks, especially granite and other forms of feldspar-rich rocks. Some of the main minerals included in the group are kaolinite, montmorillonite, illite, and bentonite. They vary in physical properties, chemical composition, and industrial uses. Industrial clay offers excellent plasticity. It can be easily molded when mixed with water thus making it a crucial component in several applications such as the manufacturing of bricks, tiles, pottery, and other ceramic products. The industrial clay industry is expected to grow at a steady rate during the forecast period.

Key Insights:

  • As per the analysis shared by our research analyst, the global industrial clay market is estimated to grow annually at a CAGR of around 5.64% over the forecast period (2023-2030)
  • In terms of revenue, the global industrial clay market size was valued at around USD 5.12 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 7.84 billion, by 2030.
  • The industrial clay market is projected to grow at a significant rate due to the increasing construction rate
  • Based on application segmentation, ceramics was predicted to show maximum market share in the year 2022
  • Based on type segmentation, kaolin was the leading type in 2022
  • On the basis of region, Asia-Pacific was the leading revenue generator in 2022

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Industrial Clay Market: Growth Drivers

Increasing construction rate to drive market growth

The global industrial clay market is projected to grow owing to the rising rate of construction across the globe. In recent times, the construction sector has witnessed tremendous growth propelled by several factors and the primary being the increase in infrastructure development projects in developed and developing nations. As of 2023, several countries are looking to upgrade regional architecture which includes activities undertaken by government agencies and private companies. With the changing global political dynamics, several emerging nations have leveraged previously unexplored opportunities for their benefit. The currently active Belt and Road Initiative by China is a global infrastructure development project passing through several countries. Industrial clay is used extensively in the construction sector while it is used to manufacture bricks, tiles, and cement production. This trend is expected to help the industry reach new heights during the forecast period.

Industrial Clay Market: Restraints

Growing environmental concerns to restrict the market growth

The global industrial clay industry is expected to come across certain growth restrictions owing to the growing concerns over the environmental impact of industrial clay production. For instance, mining operations are proven to disrupt ecosystems. These activities impact water bodies and lead to soil erosion. In addition to this, the disposal of clay waste products and the subsequent release of fine particles during processing directly affects the environmental quality. As the world is demanding sustainable solutions, market players may invest in eco-friendly alternatives to industrial clay.

Industrial Clay Market: Opportunities

Emerging applications and green initiatives to provide growth opportunities

The global industrial clay market players are exploring additional applications of industrial clay. This is related to product portfolio expansion and diversification. For instance, clay minerals are receiving extreme attention from the research community to explore the application of clay minerals in water purification technologies and energy storage systems along with pharmaceutical formulations. Furthermore, industrial clay can be considered an environment-friendly substitute for synthetic materials used in the packaging sector.

Industrial Clay Market: Challenges

Price volatility to challenge market expansion

One of the primary challenges that greatly impact the global sales volume is the price sensitivity and volatility of industrial clay. The prices of the raw materials used in the production of this form of clay can vary depending on factors such as supply-demand dynamics, transportation costs, and global economic conditions. As the price fluctuates, it directly impacts the profitability of the industrial clay business giving rise to extreme competitiveness. Furthermore, the availability of high-grade industrial clay deposits differs geographically which further impacts the industrial clay industry growth rate.

Industrial Clay Market: Segmentation

The global industrial clay market is segmented based on application, type, and region.

Based on application, the global market segments are rubber, paints, catalyst, cement, ceramics, refractories, and others. The industry growth was led by the ceramics segment in 2022. It includes a wide range of products used for everyday purposes and in residential or commercial establishments. Some examples are tiles, sanitary ware, and tableware. The clay exhibits unique properties, the primary being plasticity and its ability to retain shape. These factors make it a highly preferred product in the ceramics segment. Furthermore, it is also resistant to high temperatures. As the demand for ceramic products across settings is on the rise with increasing interior decoration projects, the rising construction sector, and surging investments in infrastructure development projects, the demand for industrial clay is likely to grow simultaneously. The Indian ceramic tiles market is currently over 1.13 billion square meters.

Based on type, the industrial clay industry is divided into chlorite, illite, smectite, kaolin, and others. The highest CAGR was observed in the Kaolin segment in 2022. It is known for its white color, fine particle size, and high purity. As compared to its counterparts, kaolin possesses good binding properties, excellent plasticity, and low shrinkage when fired. These aspects make it highly suitable for a wide range of applications. It is used extensively in the ceramics industry during the production of porcelain, fine China, and other ceramic products. It also acts as a key ingredient in paper manufacturing where it performs the function of coating and filler material which ultimately improves the smoothness, brightness, and printability of paper. Rubber, paints and coatings, plastics, adhesives, and cosmetics use kaolin to a great extent. A single Shelley Lincoln teacup was recently sold at USD 1200.

Recent Developments:

  • In March 2023, Materrup and Vicat announced a joint venture. The companies will work together toward industrializing the production and accelerating marketing activities for the former’s Clay Cement 1 (MCC1) raw clay cement. As per reports by the Le Moniteur newspaper, the technology used in the production is based on an activator and precursor mixture which aids in the removal of clay calcification
  • In December 2022, Clay Craft India, one of India’s largest ceramic tableware companies, inaugurated its manufacturing unit at Manda in Rajasthan. Currently, the new facility has a production capacity of 50,000 pieces per day but when it will be completely operational, the capacity range may go up to 200,000 pieces per day
  • In May 2022, Society for Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA) and JK Lakshmi Cement announced a partnership aiming to integrate calcined clay technology with its operations to ensure the production of limestone calcined clay cement (LC3)

Industrial Clay Market: Report Scope

Report Attributes Report Details
Report Name Industrial Clay Market Research Report
Market Size in 2022 USD 5.12 Billion
Market Forecast in 2030 USD 7.84 Billion
Growth Rate CAGR of 5.64%
Number of Pages 217
Key Companies Covered Imerys SA, KaMin LLC, BASF SE, Sibelco, Thiele Kaolin Company, Ashapura Group, LB Minerals Ltd., EP Minerals, LLC, I-Minerals Inc., Active Minerals International LLC, Quarzwerke Group, Lhoist Group, SCR-Sibelco NV, Old Hickory Clay Company, Daleco Resources Corporation, Wyo-Ben, Inc., Bentonite Performance Minerals LLC, Burgess Pigment Company, Ashapura Minechem Ltd., Brazilian Mining & Mineral Processing Company (BMM), Eczacibasi Holding, Thiele Kaolin Company, Arcilla Mining & Land Company, LLC, G&W Mineral Resources, and Ashapura China Clay Co.
Segments Covered By Application, By Type, and By Region
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America, Middle East, and Africa (MEA)
Base Year 2022
Historical Year 2017 to 2021
Forecast Year 2023 - 2030
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Industrial Clay Market: Regional Analysis

Asia-Pacific to register the highest growth

The global industrial clay market is expected to witness the highest growth in Asia-Pacific driven by countries such as South Korea, India, China, and Japan. These countries are registering a rampant rate of industrialization, urbanization, and infrastructure development which has caused higher demand for industrial clay. Furthermore, Asia-Pacific has a robust ceramic industry with several products being exported to other parts of the world. The regional governments are focusing on improving their strengths and this could lead to better exports rate in terms of ceramic products.

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China is the world’s largest producer of ceramic and its products. North America is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR due to the expansion of its construction sector along with growing applications of industrial clay in the paper and packaging industry. Latin America has a growing industrial clay market, with countries like Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina being key players.

Industrial Clay Market: Competitive Analysis

The global industrial clay market is led by players like:

  • Imerys SA
  • KaMin LLC
  • BASF SE
  • Sibelco
  • Thiele Kaolin Company
  • Ashapura Group
  • LB Minerals Ltd.
  • EP Minerals LLC
  • I-Minerals Inc.
  • Active Minerals International LLC
  • Quarzwerke Group
  • Lhoist Group
  • SCR-Sibelco NV
  • Old Hickory Clay Company
  • Daleco Resources Corporation
  • Wyo-Ben Inc.
  • Bentonite Performance Minerals LLC
  • Burgess Pigment Company
  • Ashapura Minechem Ltd.
  • Brazilian Mining & Mineral Processing Company (BMM)
  • Eczacibasi Holding
  • Thiele Kaolin Company
  • Arcilla Mining & Land Company LLC
  • G&W Mineral Resources
  • Ashapura China Clay Co.

The global industrial clay market is segmented as follows:

By Application

  • Rubber
  • Paints
  • Catalyst
  • Cement
  • Ceramics
  • Refractories
  • Others

By Type

  • Chlorite
  • Illite
  • Smectite
  • Kaolin
  • Others
  • Chloroprene Rubber
  • Polyurethane
  • Synthesized Rubber

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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FrequentlyAsked Questions

Industrial clay is also known as industrial minerals or clay minerals. It is a group of naturally occurring minerals that exhibit specific properties and are used extensively in several industrial applications.

The global industrial clay market is projected to grow owing to the rising rate of construction across the globe.

According to study, the global industrial clay market size was worth around USD 5.12 billion in 2022 and is predicted to grow to around USD 7.84 billion by 2030.

The CAGR value of the industrial clay market is expected to be around 5.64% during 2023-2030.

The global industrial clay market is expected to witness the highest growth in Asia-Pacific driven by countries such as South Korea, India, China, and Japan.

The global industrial clay market is led by players like Imerys SA, KaMin LLC, BASF SE, Sibelco, Thiele Kaolin Company, Ashapura Group, LB Minerals Ltd., EP Minerals, LLC, I-Minerals Inc., Active Minerals International LLC, Quarzwerke Group, Lhoist Group, SCR-Sibelco NV, Old Hickory Clay Company, Daleco Resources Corporation, Wyo-Ben, Inc., Bentonite Performance Minerals LLC, Burgess Pigment Company, Ashapura Minechem Ltd., Brazilian Mining & Mineral Processing Company (BMM), Eczacibasi Holding, Thiele Kaolin Company, Arcilla Mining & Land Company, LLC, G&W Mineral Resources, and Ashapura China Clay Co.

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