Kaolin mining market includes mining of kaolin or china clay. It is distinguished from other industrial clays based on its fine particle size and pure colouring. Its ability to disperse in water make it an ideal pigment. The primary constituent in kaolin is the mineral kaolinite, a hydrous aluminium silicate formed by the decomposition of minerals such as feldspar.
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The global kaolin mining market was valued at $5 billion in 2017. Among regional markets, Asia Pacific was the largest geographic region in the market, accounting for more than one-third of the global market share.
The market in the report is segmented into: paper, ceramics, paint, fiberglass, rubber and others.
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The USA was the largest country in the market, accounting for more than one-sixth of the global kaolin mining market share. This can be attributed to the country’s large construction and chemical manufacturing industry driving the market for construction sand, industrial sand, chemicals and fertilizers. The USA was followed by China and France as the next largest countries in the market.
The top five competitors in the market are: IMERYS followed by Thiele Kaolin, I-Minerals, SCR-Sibelco and Sika Corporation. IMERYS S.A. is a French multinational company which specialises in the production and processing of industrial minerals. It is headquartered in Paris. IMERYS has operations in 50 countries and has more than 16,000 employees. It extracts and processes rocks and minerals on behalf of customers in the manufacturing and construction industries.
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