World Kaolin Market

  • April 2014
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  • Freedonia
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  • 264 pages

World demand to rise 3.3% annually through 2017

Global demand for kaolin is forecast to rise 3.3 percent per year to 28.7 million metric tons in 2017, valued at $4.4 billion. Growth in kaolin consumption will accelerate as economic conditions improve worldwide, especially in recession-impacted North America and Western Europe. Advances in manufacturing activity will stimulate demand for kaolin in all key markets. However, gains will continue to be constrained by a relatively poor performance in the leading paper market, where kaolin usage continues to be affected by expanding competition from calcium carbonates.

Asia/Pacific region to be fastest growing market

The Asia/Pacific region held the largest demand for kaolin in 2012 and is projected to be the fastest growing through 2017. The world’s top four countries in projected growth rate for kaolin consumption through 2017 -- China, India, Malaysia, and Thailand -- are all located within the Asia/Pacific region. China will continue to be the
largest market for kaolin in the region, and recently overtook the US as the largest national consumer of kaolin. Gains in kaolin demand in the Asia/ Pacific region will be restrained somewhat by a poor performance from the large Japanese market. Demand for kaolin in Japan is forecast to be flat through 2017, as modest increases in manufacturing will be counteracted by a declining market share for kaolin in paper production.

Western Europe and North America -- the second and third largest regions for kaolin consumption in 2012, respectively -- will both post improved demand for kaolin through 2017, although gains will trail the global average in both regions. The US, which accounted for nearly 80 percent of North American kaolin consumption in 2012, will rebound from the decline it saw over the 2007-2012 period and remain the second largest national market for kaolin worldwide. Demand for kaolin in Western Europe is less concentrated, with Germany, Italy, and Finland each accounting for over 10 percent of regional demand in 2012. Each of these countries saw their kaolin markets contract between 2007 and 2012. Finland, whose importance in the global kaolin industry is almost entirely due to high domestic paper production, posted an especially poor performance, suffering the most severe contraction in kaolin demand of any major kaolin-consuming country worldwide. Demand for kaolin in Western Europe will grow through 2017 as manufacturing levels rise.

Ceramics market to post above-average growth

Paper and paperboard production represents the largest application for kaolin, accounting for 38 percent of global consumption in 2012. Gains in this market will trail the overall average as calcium carbonates are increasingly used in place of kaolin in paper production. In the fastest growing ceramics market, kaolin is used in a variety of ceramic construction materials, resulting in significant gains in demand associated with the construction boom in the Asia/ Pacific region. This market also includes
ceramic proppants, which were the single fastest growing application for kaolin between 2007 and 2012. Usage of ceramic proppants in hydraulic fracturing allowed this market to see fast growth in North America, propelled by a major increase in shale gas extraction in the United States. The ceramics market for kaolin is expected to continue to post above-average growth through 2017.

Study coverage

This upcoming industry study, World Kaolin Market, presents historical demand data (2002, 2007, 2012) with forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by market, world region, and for 21 countries. The study also considers key market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles nearly 30 global competitors.

Table Of Contents

INTRODUCTION ix

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4
General 4
World Economic Environment 4
Recent Historical Trends 5
World Economic Outlook 7
World Demographic Overview 10
Global Paper and Paperboard Production 12
World Manufacturing Overview 15
Legal and Regulatory Overview 18
Pricing Trends 21

III. OVERVIEW 25
General 25
Demand by Region 27
Demand by Market 31
Paper 33
Ceramics 37
Other Markets 39
Refractories 41
Paint 42
Rubber 44
All Other Markets 45
World Kaolin Production 47
International Trade 51

IV. NORTH AMERICA 54
General 54
Supply and Demand 55
Demand by Market 58
United States 60
Canada 65
Mexico 70

V. WESTERN EUROPE 74
General 74
Supply and Demand 75
Demand by Market 78
Germany 80
Italy 85
Finland 90
Spain 94
France 98
Sweden 102
United Kingdom 106
Other Western Europe 110

VI. ASIA/PACIFIC 116
General 116
Supply and Demand 117
Demand by Market 120
China 122
Japan 127
South Korea 132
India 137
Taiwan 141
Malaysia 145
Thailand 149
Other Asia/Pacific 153

VII. OTHER REGIONS 158
Central and South America 158
Brazil 162
Other Central and South America 166
Eastern Europe 171
Russia 175
Czech Republic 179
Other Eastern Europe 183
Africa/Mideast 187
Turkey 191
Other Africa/Mideast 195

VIII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 200
General 200
Industry Composition and Market Share 201
Mining and Manufacturing 205
Kaolin Reserves 207
Distribution 209
Marketing 210
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Industry Restructuring 211
Cooperative Agreements 212
Company Profiles 215
Advanced Primary Minerals, see Southeastern Primary
Minerals
Advanced Primary Minerals USA, see Morien Resources
AGS Mineraux, see Imerys
Amberger Kaolinwerke Eduard Kick, see Quarzwerke
Ashapura Group 216
BASF SE 218
CADAM, see KaMin
Caolines de Vimianzo, see Veneta Mineraria
C-E Minerals, see Imerys
Clean Age Minerals, see Daleco Resources
Daleco Resources Corporation 221
Eczaciba?i Holding Company 222
EICL Limited 224
English Indian Clays, see EICL
Esan Eczaciba?i Industrial Raw Materials, see Eczaciba?i
Goonvean, see Imerys
Gulf Alumina Limited 225
Imerys SA 226
I-Minerals Incorporated 233
Jiangxi Sincere Mineral Industry Group Company Limited 234
Kale Group 235
Kalemaden Endüstriyel Hammaddeler, see Kale Group
KaMin LLC 237
Kaolin AD, see Quarzwerke
Kerala Clays and Ceramic Products Limited 239
Lasselsberger GmbH 240
LB Minerals, see Lasselsberger
Longyan Kaolin Clay Company Limited 242
Minotaur Exploration Limited 243
Morien Resources Corporation 244
MOTA Soluções Cerâmicas SA 245
Motamineral Minerais Industriais, see MOTA Soluções
Cerâmicas
Quarzwerke GmbH 246
SCR-Sibelco NV 248
Sedlecký kaolin as 251
Societe Kaoliniere Armoricaine 252
SOKA, see Societe Kaoliniere Armoricaine
Southeastern Primary Minerals LLC 254
Stephan Schmidt KG 255
Thiele Kaolin Company 256
Unimin, see SCR-Sibelco
Vale SA 258
Veneta Mineraria SpA 259
Xatico Sarl 260
Additional Companies in the World Kaolin Industry 261

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region 10
2 World Population by Region 12
3 World Paper and Paperboard Production by Region 15
4 World Manufacturing Value Added by Region 18
5 World Average Kaolin Prices by Region and Market 23

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW
1 World Kaolin Demand by Region 30
2 World Kaolin Demand by Market 32
3 World Paper Market for Kaolin by Region 36
4 World Ceramics Market for Kaolin by Region 39
5 World Other Markets for Kaolin by Region 40
6 World Refractories Market for Kaolin by Region 42
7 World Paint Market for Kaolin by Region 43
8 World Rubber Market for Kaolin by Region 45
9 World All Other Markets for Kaolin by Region 47
10 World Kaolin Shipments by Region 50
11 World Kaolin Net Exports by Region 53

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA
1 North America: Kaolin Supply and Demand 57
2 North America: Kaolin Demand by Market 60
3 United States: Kaolin Supply and Demand 63
4 United States: Kaolin Demand by Market 65
5 Canada: Kaolin Supply and Demand 68
6 Canada: Kaolin Demand by Market 69
7 Mexico: Kaolin Supply and Demand 72
8 Mexico: Kaolin Demand by Market 73

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE
1 Western Europe: Kaolin Supply and Demand 77
2 Western Europe: Kaolin Demand by Market 80
3 Germany: Kaolin Supply and Demand 83
4 Germany: Kaolin Demand by Market 85
5 Italy: Kaolin Supply and Demand 88
6 Italy: Kaolin Demand by Market 89
7 Finland: Kaolin Supply and Demand 92
8 Finland: Kaolin Demand by Market 93
9 Spain: Kaolin Supply and Demand 96
10 Spain: Kaolin Demand by Market 97
11 France: Kaolin Supply and Demand 100
12 France: Kaolin Demand by Market 101
13 Sweden: Kaolin Supply and Demand 104
14 Sweden: Kaolin Demand by Market 105
15 United Kingdom: Kaolin Supply and Demand 108
16 United Kingdom: Kaolin Demand by Market 110
17 Other Western Europe: Kaolin Supply and Demand 113
18 Other Western Europe: Kaolin Demand by Market 115

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC
1 Asia/Pacific: Kaolin Supply and Demand 119
2 Asia/Pacific: Kaolin Demand by Market 122
3 China: Kaolin Supply and Demand 125
4 China: Kaolin Demand by Market 127
5 Japan: Kaolin Supply and Demand 130
6 Japan: Kaolin Demand by Market 132
7 South Korea: Kaolin Supply and Demand 135
8 South Korea: Kaolin Demand by Market 136
9 India: Kaolin Supply and Demand 139
10 India: Kaolin Demand by Market 140
11 Taiwan: Kaolin Supply and Demand 143
12 Taiwan: Kaolin Demand by Market 144
13 Malaysia: Kaolin Supply and Demand 147
14 Malaysia: Kaolin Demand by Market 148
15 Thailand: Kaolin Supply and Demand 151
16 Thailand: Kaolin Demand by Market 153
17 Other Asia/Pacific: Kaolin Supply and Demand 156
18 Other Asia/Pacific: Kaolin Demand by Market 157

SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS
1 Central and South America: Kaolin Supply and Demand 160
2 Central and South America: Kaolin Demand by Market 162
3 Brazil: Kaolin Supply and Demand 165
4 Brazil: Kaolin Demand by Market 166
5 Other Central and South America: Kaolin Supply and Demand 169
6 Other Central and South America: Kaolin Demand by Market 170
7 Eastern Europe: Kaolin Supply and Demand 173
8 Eastern Europe: Kaolin Demand by Market 174
9 Russia: Kaolin Supply and Demand 177
10 Russia: Kaolin Demand by Market 178
11 Czech Republic: Kaolin Supply and Demand 181
12 Czech Republic: Kaolin Demand by Market 182
13 Other Eastern Europe: Kaolin Supply and Demand 185
14 Other Eastern Europe: Kaolin Demand by Market 186
15 Africa/Mideast: Kaolin Supply and Demand 189
16 Africa/Mideast: Kaolin Demand by Market 191
17 Turkey: Kaolin Supply and Demand 194
18 Turkey: Kaolin Demand by Market 195
19 Other Africa/Mideast: Kaolin Supply and Demand 198
20 Other Africa/Mideast: Kaolin Demand by Market 199

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 World Kaolin Sales by Company, 2012 202
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 212
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 214

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 World Average Kaolin Prices by Market, 2002-2022 24

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW
1 World Kaolin Demand by Region, 2012 31
2 World Kaolin Demand by Market, 2012 33
3 World Kaolin Shipments by Region, 2002-2022 51

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA
1 North America: Kaolin Demand by Country, 2012 58

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE
1 Western Europe: Kaolin Demand by Country, 2012 78

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC
1 Asia/Pacific: Kaolin Demand by Country, 2012 120

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 World Kaolin Market Share, 2012 203

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