The emergence of Afghanistan as a significant talc supplier

Published: Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Ian Wilson, consultant, UK, takes a look at the Asian talc market and discusses the sources of new talc in the market, including Afghanistan, where high-quality white talc is being exported to all continents, and even some to China.

Global talc production in 2010 was estimated at 6m tonnes with 18 companies, including nine from China, accounting for 75% of total output. Within the past few years, the two leading talc producers in the world have changed hands. Talc de Luzenac (Rio Tinto Group), the largest producer, was acquired...

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