Kaolin’s shifting end markets

By Kasia Patel
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...

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