Bentonite Market Research Report - Forecast Till 2030

Bentonite Market Research Report Information By Product (Sodium Bentonite, Calcium Bentonite, Sulphur Bentonite, Others), By Application ( Foundry Sands, Cat Litter, Iron Ore Pelletizing, Refining, Drilling Muds, Absorbent/Adsorbent, Binder, Sealant, Civil Engineering, Others), by End-Use Industry (Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Construction, Oil And Gas, Food And Beverage, Paper And Pulp, Agriculture, Ceramics, Wastewater Treatment And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) - Forecast Till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/6424-HCR | 140 Pages | Author: Anshula Mandaokar | March 2024         

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Global Bentonite Market Overview


Bentonite Market Size was valued at USD  1.43  billion in 2021. The Bentonite market industry is projected to grow from USD 1.49 Billion in 2022 to USD 2.05 billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.12 % during the forecast period (2022 - 2030). The Rise in use of products across industries as groundwater barrier, the absorbing material used for pet litter and oil and grease, binders used for iron and steel manufacturing, and liquor are driving the market growth.


Bentonite Market Overview


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Bentonite Market Trends




  • Increasing demand for pharmaceuticals & cosmetics to boost the market growth




As the high-purity Bentonite meets the standards of the National Formula, Bentonite are widely used in cosmetic preparations as pigments binders and suspending agents and is thus driving Bentonite use in the pharmaceutical segment. Comparatively speaking, sodium bentonite expands more than calcium bentonite. Some of the main factors that are anticipated to fuel the need for sodium bentonite in the foundry and construction industry are expanding infrastructure development and rising demand for steel and iron ore across various industries. The market for bentonite is expected to expand at a faster rate due to rising demand for crude oil and natural gas.


Moreover, rapid growth in the foundry and metal casting industries is anticipated to have a significant impact on the market. The rapidly growing automobile and equipment manufacturing industries is expected to boost the demand for foundry and metal casting applications across the globe. The extensive usage of bentonite in these applications has resulted in the overall growth of the market. Furthermore, growth in pharmaceutical industry along with continuous extensive research by various key players across the globe is expected to offer ample opportunities to the market players.


Figure 1: US Bentonite export


US Bentonite export


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


The high usage of the product to grease the cutting head, remove drill cuttings and to close borehole walls, rise in the rate of applications across industries as groundwater barriers, binders in iron and steel manufacturing, absorbents for pet litter and oil and grease and liquor clarifiers and high drilling mud applications are the major factors driving the bentonite market. The increase in the usage of iron ore pellets in the manufacturing of steel, high demand from end-use applications such as cleansers in pharmaceuticals and rubber tires in the automotive industry and growing product popularity among end-user industries including cosmetics, food and automotive on account of its superior binding accelerate the bentonite market. The usage in wastewater treatment for the removal of organic substances, heavy metal and nutrients and increasing inclination towards the product owning to their low product price, ease of availability and high adsorption capabilities influence the bentonite market. Additionally, growth in awareness among users, expansion of various manufacturing industries, and surge in disposable income positively affect the bentonite market. Thus, the increasing demand in the bentonite for pharmaceutical market driving the growth of the Bentonite market revenue.


Bentonite Market Segment Insights


Bentonite Product Insights


The  Bentonite market segmentation, based on product, Sodium Bentonite, Calcium Bentonite, Sulphur Bentonite, and Others. The Sodium Bentonite segment held the majority share in 2021 contribution to around ~45-50% with respect to the  Bentonite market revenue. This is primarily owing to the rising demand of bentonite in foundry sand, and drilling muds across the globe. For instance, as per the US Mineral report statistics published in 2022, rising demand for bentonite.


December 2019: American Colloid Company, a subsidiary of Minerals Technologies Inc. announced that it will increase prices of all bentonite and bentonite-related products serving the foundry, household and personal care, oil and gas, and construction markets, due to significant inflation in input, raw material, and logistics costs.


October 2020: Tri-State Construction, a business based out of Belle Fourche, was recently purchased by company Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI). The sale happened in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020. American Colloid is the parent company to MTI.


Bentonite Application Insights


The  Bentonite market segmentation, based on application, includes  Foundry Sands, Cat Litter, Iron Ore Pelletizing, Refining, Drilling Muds, Absorbent/Adsorbent, Binder, Sealant, Civil Engineering, Others. The Foundry Sands segment dominated the market in 2021 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2022-2030. For the metal casting of brake drums, engine blocks, manhole covers, brass water fittings, transmission housing, and cast-iron pans, bentonite is becoming more and more in demand. Additionally, by keeping the surface impermeable, the product aids in retaining the mechanical shape of a mold. Hence, demand in different applications positively impacts market growth.


Bentonite End-Use Industry Insights


The Bentonite market data has been divided into Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Construction, Oil and Gas, Food and Beverage, Paper and Pulp, Agriculture, Ceramics, Wastewater Treatment. The Pharmaceuticals segment dominated the market in 2021 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2022-2030. Rising demand for personal care products and consumer care products such as toiletries and related products is projected to fuel the market growth. Bentonite is widely used as a raw material in the production of soaps and detergents due to its excellent bleaching property. Increasing application of bentonite in agriculture, water treatment, and filtration application. Bentonite is an ideal soil preserving natural materials that are used in organic farming to protect and maintain the quality of the soil. Also, it is excellent adsorbent as it can absorb nearly 75% – 80% impurities when mixed added with either zeolite or limestone with coagulants in water treatment and filtration process. Hence, expanding organic farming and rising numbers of water treatment plants around the globe are projected to propel the market growth of bentonite over the forecast timeframe.


July 2021: Minerals Technologies Inc. acquired Normerica Inc. (“Normerica”), a leading supplier of premium pet care products in North America. Its product portfolio consists primarily of bentonite-based cat litter products which are supplied from a network of strategically located manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States. This acquisition has further increased market share in the  Bentonite industry.


Figure 2:  Bentonite Market, by product, 2021 & 2030 (USD Billion)


Bentonite Market, by product


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Additionally, Sodium and calcium bentonites are utilized primarily in drilling mud and have high plasticity. In term of regional demand, North America was the largest consumer of bentonite in 2019 with U.S. having the lion’s share owing to large-scale drilling and exploration activities in the country.


Bentonite Application Insights


Based on application, the  Bentonite industry has been segmented into  Foundry Sands, Cat Litter, Iron Ore Pelletizing, Refining, Drilling Muds, Absorbent/Adsorbent, Binder, Sealant, Civil Engineering, and Others.  Drilling muds held the largest segment share in 2021, owing to the increasing demand for building & construction. The other segment is expected to bolster at a 4.23% CAGR during the assessed timeline.


Bentonite Regional Insights


By Region, the study segments the market into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. North America Bentonite market accounted for USD 0.50 billion in 2021 and is expected to exhibit a 4.14% CAGR during the study period. This is attributed to the shift in demand towards its viscosity and plasticity, bentonite is used in cement and mortars, and the region's expanding construction and building activities are driving up demand for cement and mortars and are anticipated to further propel market revenue growth. The OPEC+ alliance is still committed to its resolve to progressively expand Crude Oil output, which has kept market sentiment positive in the US domestic market.


Further, the major countries studied are The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 3:  BENTONITE MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2021 (%)


BENTONITE MARKET SHARE BY REGION


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Europe Bentonite market accounts for the second-largest market share due to the growing demand for the product from various applications, including the pharmaceutical and foundry sands industry. Further, the Germany Bentonite market held the largest market share, and the UK Bentonite market was the fastest growing market in the European region


The Asia-Pacific Bentonite Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.15% from 2022 to 2030. This is because of the region's increased emphasis on beauty and personal care routines, as well as the expanding demand for bentonite clay from the construction and agriculture industries in developing nations like China and India. Moreover, China Bentonite market held the largest market share, and the India Bentonite market was the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region


For instance, India Bentonite market is the favored destination for bentonite manufacturers due to the infrastructure projects. On the other hand, Japan is famous for the civil engineering industry. Hence, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to register the highest growth rate over the forecast period from 2022–2030.


Bentonite Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Major market players are spending a lot of money on R&D to increase their product lines, which will help the Bentonite market grow even more. Market participants are also taking a range of strategic initiatives to grow their worldwide footprint, including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations. Competitors in the Bentonite industry must offer cost-effective items to expand and survive in an increasingly competitive and rising market environment.


One of the primary business strategies adopted by manufacturers in the  Bentonite industry to benefit clients and expand the Bentonite market sector is to manufacture locally to reduce operating costs. In recent years, Bentonite has provided products with some of the most significant benefits.


Minerals Technologies Inc. (US) (MTI) is a  resource- and technology-based company that develops, produces, and markets a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. MTI serves the paper, foundry, steel, construction, environmental, energy, polymer, and consumer products industries. In July 2021, Minerals Technologies Inc. acquired Normerica Inc. (“Normerica”), a leading supplier of premium pet care products in North America. Normerica, a privately held company, was established in 1992 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Normerica has grown significantly since its inception, becoming a leading North American producer and supplier of branded and private label pet care products to a large customer base. Its product portfolio consists primarily of bentonite-based cat litter products which are supplied from a network of strategically located manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States.


Also, Wyo Ben Inc (Montana) is a developer and manufacturer of bentonite clay other established markets. Eikos' three bentonite processing facilities are in the Big Horn Basin region of North Central Wyoming and South-Central Montana. Company’s employees are focused on quality and continually look for new and innovative solutions to customers’ needs in the market.


Key Companies in the Bentonite market include



  • AMCOL International (U.S.)

  • Wyo Ben Inc (U.S.)

  • Midpoint Chemicals Company (U.S.)

  • M-I Swaco (U.S.)

  • Volclay International (U.S.)

  • Kemira (Finland)

  • Alfa Aeser (U.S.)

  • Charles B. Crystal Co. Inc. (USA)

  • Cimbar (U.S.)

  • Amsyn Inc. (U.S.)

  • Clariant AG

  • Black Hills Bentonite LLC, among others


Bentonite Industry DevelopmentsJanuary 2023: Bentoproduct, a Bosnian firm that manufactures bentonite-based goods, announced the start of a takeover bid for Nematali, a local mining organization, that would be available for thirty days from the date of the declaration.


September 2021: Wyo Ben Inc (US) is spending a huge sum of money on research and development to get an upper edge over its competitors. This will help the company in increasing its sales revenue.


July 2021: Minerals Technologies Inc. acquired Normerica Inc. (“Normerica”), a leading supplier of premium pet care products in North America. Its product portfolio consists primarily of bentonite-based cat litter products which are supplied from a network of strategically located manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States.


Bentonite Market Segmentation


Bentonite Product Outlook



  • Sodium Bentonite

  • Calcium Bentonite

  • Sulphur Bentonite

  • Others


Bentonite Application Outlook



  • Foundry Sands

  • Cat Litter

  • Iron Ore Pelletizing

  • Refining

  • Drilling Muds

  • Absorbent/Adsorbent

  • Binder

  • Sealant

  • Civil Engineering

  • Others


Bentonite End-Use Industry Outlook



  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Cosmetics

  • Construction

  • Oil And Gas

  • Food And Beverage

  • Paper And Pulp

  • Agriculture

  • Ceramics

  • Wastewater Treatment


Bentonite Regional Outlook



  • North America

    • US

    • Canada



  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Russia

    • Rest of Europe



  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • South Korea

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific



  • Latin America

    • Brazil

    • Mexico

    • Argentina

    • Rest of Latin America



  • MEA

    • GCC Countries

    • South Africa

    • Rest of MEA



Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2021 USD 1.43 billion
Market Size 2022 USD 1.49 billion
Market Size 2030 USD 2.05 billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 4.12 % (2022-2030)
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2022-2030
Historical Data 2019 & 2020
Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Product, End-Use Industry, Application, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and MEA
Countries Covered The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled AMCOL International (U.S.), Wyo Ben Inc (U.S.), Midpoint Chemicals Company (U.S.), M-I Swaco (U.S.), Volclay International (U.S.), Kemira (Finland), Alfa Aeser (U.S.), Charles B. Crystal Co. Inc. (USA), Cimbar (U.S.), Clariant AG, Black Hills Bentonite LLC
Key Market Opportunities Properties of better flowability, thermal stability, and compatibility for better quality production of castings increase the opportunities
Key Market Dynamics Increasing uses of cleansers in pharmaceuticals




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Bentonite market is USD 1.43 billion in 2021

The Bentonite market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.12%

North America held the largest market share in the Bentonite market

AMCOL International (U.S.), Wyo Ben Inc (U.S.), Midpoint Chemicals Company (U.S.), M-I Swaco (U.S.), Volclay International (U.S.), Clariant AG, Black Hills Bentonite LLC are the key players

Sodium Bentonite led the Bentonite market

Pharmaceutical had the largest market share in the Bentonite market

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