CERAMITEC 2018: Economic factors weigh on kaolin producers’ margins

By Michael Greenfield, Michael Greenfield
Published: Monday, 16 April 2018

Kaolin producers speaking at the Ceramitec 2018 conference outlined the cost pressures facing the upstream end of the market while consumers and retailers fight back against price increases in raw materials.

European kaolin producers are under pressure from increasing costs for human resources, coupled with inflation and currency devaluations in key kaolin-producing areas, with the result that profit margins are being squeezed.

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