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01/22/2010 added a new report on "World Kaolin" which gives demand and the factors influencing the growth of Kaolin market worldwide.

Online PR News – 22-January-2010 – – World Kaolin

Demand to reach 24.8 million metric tons in 2013
Global demand for kaolin is forecast to grow 1.7 percent per year to 24.8 million metric tons in 2013, exceeding the growth achieved between 2003 and 2008. Demand for kaolin in paper production is expected to improve, offsetting an expected slowdown in the ceramics market. In general, kaolin demand in advanced economies is projected to recover from the declines of the 2003-2008 period, while demand in the faster growing emerging markets will decelerate somewhat. Valued in dollars, the kaolin market is projected to grow nearly two percent per year to more than $3.4 billion in 2013, restrained by moderating increases in energy costs and reduced inflationary pressure. ( )

Developing Asian markets to drive most new demand
Developing countries are becoming increasingly important to global kaolin demand. Strong demand gains in China and other developing countries in Asia are expected to account for the majority of global kaolin demand in 2013, with China alone accounting for over one-half of the global gain. China is forecast to surpass the US as the largest market for kaolin by 2013, as its kaolin consumption continues to grow faster than that of any other major national market. China’s market for kaolin in paper is forecast to lead gains, driven by a rapidly expanding domestic paper industry. Imports into China are expected to grow especially fast, as the country’s kaolin consumption outpaces production.

Paper uses to rebound from recent declines
Demand for kaolin in paper -- the largest end use -- is forecast to rebound from its declines between 1998 and 2008. Over that period, kaolin suffered from competition with alternative materials (notably calcium carbonate), and that competition is expected to moderate in coming years. By 2008, much of the practical substitution of kaolin by calcium carbonate had already taken place. In addition, emerging markets such as China are expected to post strong gains as their paper industries expand.

Brazil to surpass US as leading kaolin exporter
International trade in kaolin is widespread, with approximately one-half of kaolin being consumed outside of its country of origin in 2008. This is in part due to the concentration of kaolin production in the US and Brazil. By 2013, Brazil is expected to surpass the US as the world’s leading exporter of kaolin, gaining market share in Western Europe and Asia at the expense of the United Kingdom and the US. Brazil boasts sizable deposits of high-quality kaolin, making it economical to produce kaolin there, despite the additional shipping costs.

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