Kaolin Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2030

Kaolin Market Research Report: Information By Grade (Calcined, Hydrous, Delaminated, Surface Treated and Structured), Application (Paper, Ceramics, Paints & Coatings, Rubbers & Plastics, Fiberglass and Others) and Region (Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Middle East & Africa) - Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/4409-CR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 150 pages

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Kaolin Market Overview

Kaolin Market outlook states that the market is anticipated to develop at a CAGR of 4.24% through the forecast 2021-2030.

The market for paper and ceramics has been emerging widely with innovations and research being made in terms of reducing environmental hazards related to the manufacturing of paper and the health concerns caused due to mining operations. To overcome these fundamental problems a new market has emerged reaping advantages out of the drawbacks associated with ordinary paper manufacturing techniques and creating its share. This market is the Kaolin market which has its roots in China and mainly deals with paper and ceramic products.

The Kaolin market is expected to rise at a steady pace due to the rising demand for paper and ceramic products and increasing awareness among people related to environmental hazards caused due to manufacturing of paper. Kaolin is widely accepted since it has various properties such as good ink receptivity, makes paper smooth, and has the perfect opacity which is suitable for manufacturing in the paper industry.

In the ceramics industry too, Kaolin has gained a significant market share due to its molding properties, strength, and dimensional stability which makes them apt for usage in the manufacturing of whiteware products, insulators, and refractories, etc.

The global Kaolin market size and share have been experiencing upward growth and the market is expected to grow continuously with a CAGR of around 4.3% and is expected to reach a value of around $4.1 billion by 2025. The Asia Pacific region is expected to contribute a significant portion of the market share due to the rising demand for kaolin in this region. The application-based segment is expected to provide maximum returns covering a share of around 40%.

COVID 19 Analysis:

The novel coronavirus or the Covid 19 pandemic has negatively impacted the kaolin market value since the demand for ceramics and paperbacks has reduced significantly and the companies have faced shortages in personnel, accumulated stocks, and forced shutdowns. Due to the lockdowns in various countries, the demand for kaolin manufacturing equipment and the production buildings has reduced significantly and marked the slow growth rate of the kaolin industry.

Due to the Covid 19 effect, it has been observed that a large number of producers have been forced to shut down their production units and lay off employees but it is assumed that the market will soon pick up the pace and the demand would increase. It is expected that the post-lockdown period would be a great success for the kaolin market revenue. The segment by application is expected to provide maximum returns with more investments being made towards the development of low-cost and highly resistant kaolin.

Competitive Landscape:

The competitive landscape in terms of the kaolin market has been immense and nail-biting with new players easily entering the market and the existing players making huge investments in this segment. Some of the key manufacturers are:

  • Imerys S.A. (France)

    • BASF SE (Germany)

  • Ashapura Group (India)

  • EICL Limited (India)

  • SCR-Sibelco N.V. (Belgium)

  • KaMin LLC (US)

  • Thiele Kaolin Company (US)

  • LASSELSBERGER Group (Hungary)

  • Quarzwerke GmbH (Germany)

  • Sedlecký kaolin a. s. (Czech Republic)

  • I-Minerals inc. (Canada)

  • 20 Microns Limited (India)

  • Minotaur Exploration Limited (Australia)

  • R. Grace & Co. (US)

  • Shree Ram Group (India)

The key players in the market are more focused on developing future strategies and set themselves as joint ventures to increase the kaolin market share and size.



The kaolin market has been experiencing a steady growth in the global market due to many key drivers acting in favor of kaolin and boosting the demand for kaolin manufactured products. The main usage of kaolin can be seen in the paper industry where the demand for kaolin has been on a rise due to its advanced properties and diversified uses which makes kaolin to be used as coating of paper and also offers a smooth texture and has suitable opacity.

Secondly, kaolin has been used in the ceramics industry where it has been most popular for its molding properties and is used in the manufacture of hardware, sanitarywares, tiles, and has been significantly used as a direct substitute against the traditional method of cement.

In recent times, kaolin has also been used in the cosmetics industry and has emerged as an upcoming trend in the kaolin market since the demand of the millennials has shifted to naturally derived products which have boosted the market for kaolin.


Though the kaolin market trends have been experiencing a major acceptance throughout the world there are some key factors that are hindering the kaolin market share, one of which is the digitization and the developments of the internet which have negatively impacted the kaolin market since the demand for paper and products have reduced significantly which has created an upset for the most of the large scale manufacturers.

Secondly, there have been claims that mining of kaolin results in various environmental and health hazards which has created a negative impression in the minds of people relating to the use of kaolin and has led to the shift of consumers to other substitutes. The high cost associated with the manufacture and procurement of kaolin has also led to a decreased market share and acts as a hindrance to the growth of the kaolin industry.

Technology Analysis:

Kaolin manufacturing is a traditional process that has been used in China for the development of paper and ceramics and the technology used in modern kaolin manufacturing includes the development of a sequential flow of sheets to remove unwanted impurities and to obtain such properties of the developed material which is suitable in terms of smoothness, texture, brightness, opacity, and other suitable characteristics that make a high-quality end product to be used in the manufacturing of paper and other applications.

Modern-day technology in manufacturing kaolin includes crushing, bunging, screening, centrifugation techniques, magnetic separations, etc. to remove various kinds of impurities from kaolin and to device its properties suitably to ensure smoothness in the paper quality and durable ceramic products.

Study Objectives:

  • To analyze the kaolin market trends that are prevalent in the global market regions and players that will dominate the global trends and lead the market operations towards growth figures that have been predicted by the prominent leaders in the international kaolin market and key experts for the ongoing forecast period that ends in 2028.

  • To understand the scale of functioning of the global kaolin market segments that are prevalent through their ability to meet the vibrant needs of the target audience for market products and services.

  • To draw a competitive scale amongst the global kaolin market players producing the kaolin and to understand the recent developments of the key market players in the recent past that promise great results to the kaolin market for the ongoing forecast period and kaolin market trends that end in 2028.

Segment Overview: The kaolin market has been segmented as follows:

Based on Process:

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

Based on the end-use industry:

●     Ceramics & Sanitarywares
●     Fiberglass
●     Paints & Coatings
●     Rubber
●     Adhesives & Sealants
●     Plastics
●     Others (Personal Care & Healthcare, and Agriculture)

Based on the region:

●     Asia Pacific
●     Europe
●     North America
●     Middle East & Africa
●     South America

Regional Analysis:

The global kaolin market has been divided into four regions where each region has been contributing significantly in terms of its capabilities and population demands. However, among the four nations, the Asia Pacific region has been accounting for the major kaolin market share whereby the key drivers towards the growth of the kaolin industry are developed here, and the population is attracted towards innovation in new products.

The major kaolin market revenue is expected to come from countries like China, Japan, Korea, and India. The kaolin statistics indicate that the population along with the disposable incomes of people of these countries has been increasing which has led to shifts in lifestyles and changing demands.

The European region is also experiencing steady growth where the kaolin equipment and tools are used significantly in indoor farming and kaolin at home. The North American region is also experiencing vast growth in kaolin market shares as a recent study indicates that a major portion of kaolin in the USA is being used in the manufacturing of paper and more developments are being made towards use in the ceramics and paints industry.

Recent Developments

October 2021: Industrial and vital minerals such as kaolin and rare earths are the focus of exploration activities by ASX newcomer iTech Minerals, and for very good cause. Unlike some other newbies to the market, the company's suite of assets is the consequence of acquiring all of Archer Minerals' exploratory properties in order to focus on its materials technology plan. As a result, iTech Minerals' properties have all been subjected to some level of work, which is assisting the company in advancing its Eyre Peninsula kaolin project. At the Ethiopia prospect, work has found the potential for ionic adsorption clay-hosted rare earths mineralisation.

October 2021:
Corella announced "exceptionally high" average brightness findings from its Tampu kaolin project in Western Australia. An study of drill core samples revealed an average ISO brightness of 85%, with a maximum of 89 %. Corella thinks that this demonstrates the project's status as a world-class deposit with a competitive edge in the market for high-purity alumina. The brightness data will be used to finalize the company's initial resource estimate, which is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Dec 2020
KaMin LLC and CADAM SA declared that it would raise prices for their performance minerals in its international markets 4 - 9% effective January 1, 2021, or as markets and contracts permit. These increases will vary contingent on product, packaging, and delivery conditions. This price increase is essential to offset growing operational and mining expenses, logistics expenses, and the increasing environmental charges and international product compliance obligations.

Dec 2020 Latin Resources Ltd has kicked-off it's maiden aircore drilling of the Noombenberry Halloysite-Kaolin Project in Western Australia. This comes after primary reconnaissance searching along strike confirmed bright white kaolinite dams a projected 15 kilometers to the northeast inside the company's new tenement applications. Noombenberry which hosts kaolin and halloysite presents a particularly compelling chance for Latin Resources as halloysite is an internationally rare commodity with robust demand drivers. The global market for quality kaolin products is very conventional, kaolin being essential to making paper, paint, porcelain, cement, ceramics, and polymers.

Nov 2020 Andromeda Metals (ADN) has declared a revised mineral resource approximation for its joint venture Great White Kaolin Project. ADN owns a 75 % stake in the project based in South Australia, with Minotaur Exploration maintaining the outstanding stake. Andromeda has upgraded the resource to 34.6 million tonnes of bright white kaolinised granite with an ISO Brightness cut-off of 75 following a series of drilling campaigns. This new resource signifies an upsurge of 8.6 million tonnes or 33% over the earlier resource approximation.

Nov 2020 Suvo Strategic Minerals, a West Australian kaolin and silica sand resource company, will devote USD 2 million to obtain Australia's only important wet producing kaolin operation from French multinational proprietor Imerys SA. The assets entail of three mining leases and a 40,000 tonne per annum processing plant situated in the town of Pittong, from where Imerys has been manufacturing and vending kaolin products since 1972.

Report Overview:

The Global report helps the investors to gain meaningful information about the kaolin market and make decisions wisely. The report discusses the steps taken by the kaolin market leaders to boost the market growth and inflate market valuation for their good. The report fully summarises the ongoing market scenario in the kaolin market which would help the intended audience to seek more information about the market. The objective of the report was to fully summarise the key players in the market and their role in boosting the kaolin market value. The report also discusses the future growth prospects and the competitive landscape in the kaolin industry and lays down the expected growth rate of the market along with the hindrances it might have to face.

Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2030: Significant Value
  CAGR   4.24% (2021–2030)
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2021-2030
  Historical Data   2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Grade, Application and End-Use
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   BASF SE (Germany), Imerys (France), Sibelco (Belgium), Thiele Kaolin Company (U.S.), LB MINERALS, Ltd (Czech Republic), Ashapura Group (India), KaMin LLC (U.S.), EICL Limited (India), SedleckΓ½ kaolin a.s. (Czech Republic)
  Key Market Opportunities   Widening Scope In The Cosmetic And Pharmaceutical Industries
  Key Market Drivers

  • Extensive Use Of Kaolin In The Paper Industry.\r\n
  • Increased Demand For Ceramic Products

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

    The kaolin market is predicted to grow at a 4.24% CAGR between 2021-2030

    The Asia-Pacific region is expected to have a high growth rate and market share in the kaolin market.

    The key manufacturers who hold a dominant position in the kaolin market are Imerys S.A., BASF SE, Ashapura Group, EICL Limited, SCR-Sibelco, N.V., KaMin LLC, etc.

    The segment based on end-use industries is expected to provide maximum growth due to its wide applications and uses in a variety of manufacturing purposes.

    Growing demand in pulp & paper and ceramic industry and increasing use as a filler is boosting market growth.