Kaolin’s shifting end markets
Published: Thursday, 22 October 2015
Paper, the largest consumer of kaolin, has seen declining demand in recent years in developing nations, owing to the increase of e-media. However, there are still growth opportunities for the clay mineral in a number of consuming industries, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, finds.
The kaolin industry has undergone a number of changes in the
past few years as the mineral’s use in paper has
declined to make way for the increased uptake of electronic
devices in developed nations, while kaolin production continues
to undergo ownership consolidation.
According to BASF, the Germany-headquartered...