Kaolin is white and plastic clay, rich in kaolinite mineral also known as China Clay. Based on its key properties the whiteness, and plasticity it is widely used in applications such as filler, extender, and pigments. It is also used in refractory industries due to the high melting point and non-abrasiveness. The kaolin mining market consists of sales of kaolin or the use of china clay over different entities which mine kaolin or the china clay they are further distinguished from industrial clays based on fine particle size and pure coloring. It also has the ability to dispersing water making an ideal pigment.
According to study, “Kaolin Mining Global Market Report 2019” the key companies operating in the global kaolin mining market are BASF SE, Arcilla Mining and Land, English Indian Clays, Imerys, Howard Sheppard, KaMin, Uma Group of Kaolin, Quarzwerke, Thiele Kaolin, Sibelco, Ashapura Group. The key players are focusing on strategies associated with mergers & acquisitions, agreements, partnerships, expansions, investments, and divestments, helping them to substantially expand their business opportunities in the untapped and potential markets.
Based on the source, the kaolin mining market is segmented into natural and synthetic. Based on product type, the market is segmented into paper, paint, fiberglass, ceramics & sanitary wares, kaolin-rubber, and others. In addition, based on the end-user industry, the market is segmented into the paper industry, paint & coating industry, rubber industry, ceramic industry, and other industries. Kaolin improves paper appearance, characterized by gloss, smoothness, illumination, and opaqueness. Kaolin also improves ink absorption and ink pigment holdout, and roughness.
The wide-scale use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology giving miners greater assistance by adding insights related to working conditions for their equipment. The sensors on kaolin mining machinery further drive predictive maintenance which in turn reduces the likelihood of unplanned, unscheduled downtimes that leads to draining of resources of mining companies
The kaolin mining market is driven by a rise in the use of kaolin in the production of paper to improve the texture, smoothness, and gloss, followed by growth in per capita disposable income, increase in industrialization and rise in demand for kaolin in end-use industries, such as pulp & paper and ceramic. However, long term exposure to kaolin causes several lung-related diseases for instance chronic bronchitis and pulmonary emphysema may impact the market. Moreover, increase in the use of kaolin to produce white-ware products such as porcelain vessels and others is a key opportunity for the market.
Based on geography, the North-American region holds the major share in the kaolin mining market owing to the rise in demand from the pulp & paper industry in the region. Whereas, the North-American and European regions are estimated to exhibit substantial growth rate due to the increase in the use of kaolin in the production of fiberglass and ceramics materials parts in aerospace and aviation applications coupled the rising exports from the US over the forecast period. In the near future, it is anticipated that the market will be reached at a rapid pace as a result of the rise in demand from the ceramic industry during the forecast period.
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