China’s talc challenge

Published: Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Raw material availability and low cost prices have been the cornerstones in developing China’s talc industry for the last 30 years. However, these benefits are now weakening. Dr Jia Xiu Zhuang, one of China’s foremost talc experts, examines the challenges facing Chinese talc, and recommends solutions for its future prosperity

Looking back at the growth of the Chinese talc industry, Figure 1 shows the quantitative change of talc exports from 1970 to 2009 (see panel on Chinese talc trade).

This can be divided into three stages: the growth period before 1995; the declining period from 1996 to 1999; and the...

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