GVR Report cover Calcium Carbonate Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Calcium Carbonate Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Paper, Plastics, Adhesives & Sealants), By Region (APAC, Europe, North America, Central & South America, MEA), And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: May, 2021
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-296-9
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2017 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 101

Report Overview

The global calcium carbonate market size was valued at USD 39.17 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% from 2020 to 2028. Increasing demand for paper from packaging applications and hygiene-related products like tissue paper is a major growth driver for the market. However, the product demand witnessed a decline in 2020 owing to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The pandemic caused widespread shutdowns across the globe, which significantly impacted the economy worldwide in the first half of 2020. With the ease in restrictions in the second half of the year, companies are putting in extra efforts to resume their operations, which is a positive sign for the market growth.

The U.S. calcium carbonate market size

The U.S. has been a prominent destination for the product considering high demand from industries including paints & coatings, adhesives & sealants, and paper manufacturing. Paper is the largest application segment of the market and the U.S. is amongst the world’s largest paper manufacturers. Despite the pandemic that majorly impacted the country’s economy, the demand for calcium carbonate continues to persist, especially in the paper production sector owing to a growing emphasis on cleanliness.

According to the American Forest & Paper Association, the U.S. paper and wood products industry recorded high levels of tissue production in February and March 2020. The U.S. mills produced around 700 kilotons of tissue in March. Factors like lockdown and extra hygiene concerns led to panic buying and stockpiling of tissues and other cleaning products, thereby, benefitting the market growth.

Despite the demand for calcium carbonate in the paper segment, the market witnessed a dip in 2020 owing to restricted transportation, a halt in manufacturing operations for non-essential industries, and the shutdown of mines across various regions. Several market players reported negative sales and profits for the first half of 2020.

For instance, LafargeHolcim, an integrated player in the market, reported a 14% profit fall in Q1 of 2020 as the pandemic caused building sites to shut down around the world. The company mines limestone produces calcium carbonate and uses it to manufacture cement, which is further catered to the construction industry. The company had to stop its mining activities in March 2020 in Meghalaya, India due to lockdown; however, the operations resumed after a couple of months as mining activities were allowed by the state government with the enforcement of social distancing norms and proper hygiene conditions.

Application Insights

Paper emerged as the largest application segment in 2020 and accounted for a revenue share of more than 50%. Calcium carbonate is added as a filler to the paper pulp or is applied as a coating pigment. Its addition enhances the brightness and opacity of the paper. Although the internet did impact the print media market, it did not restrict the demand for paper in other applications, such as packaging and tissue paper.

The current pandemic has compelled manufacturers to ramp up their production to cater to the rising consumer needs. For instance, in August 2020, Celulosa Argentina announced an increase in its production for paper packaging by 30%. The company’s focus was on the food industry as the demand surged in this sector. With a rise in the e-commerce sector and growing usage of tissue papers, the paper application segment is anticipated to continue its dominance over the forecast period.

Paints & coatings segment was the second-largest application segment. The product is used in several applications in the paints & coatings sector; it acts as an agent for reducing or enhancing gloss, as an extender, a rheology modifier, and as an additive for increasing density. Despite the many uses, the product demand was impacted in this application segment in 2020 owing to a halt in the manufacturing operations, which disrupted the entire production & supply chain of the paints & coatings industry.

Although the production has resumed with ease in restrictions, the rising cases of COVID-19 and operations at minimal capacity are still matters of concern for the market players. Certain companies have adopted strategies to cope with this scenario. For instance, Asian Paints a leading player in Asia, has launched a new range of products in the health and hygiene segment. The company is running a “Safe Painting Campaign” to boost their sales. In addition, the company has also begun a “San Assure” service for sanitizing homes, workplaces, and shops. Such initiatives are anticipated to increase the demand for paints & coatings, thereby leading to market growth.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the global market and accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 37% in 2020. The region is anticipated to expand further at a steady CAGR from 2020 to 2028 due to rising investments in the infrastructure development and manufacturing sector. However, due to the pandemic, the manufacturing operations and supply chain have been immensely impacted. Apart from China, all other major Asian countries have reported negative GDP growth for the second quarter of 2020.

Economies are putting in extra efforts for the proper functioning of operations in different sectors by maintaining essential protocols required during the pandemic. As the operations resume, certain industries have reported positive news; for instance, automotive sales in India went up in the past two months. Also, the demand for paints & coatings and vehicles is anticipated to increase, which, in turn, will augment the demand for calcium carbonate.

Global calcium carbonate market share

North America was the second-largest regional market. Though the region has been severely impacted by the pandemic, the end-use industries of the market have begun their operations at minimal capacity considering the rise in consumer demand. Industries including medical, packaging, and DIY are boosting the demand for products such as adhesives and paper, which is a positive sign for the calcium carbonate market.

The U.S. held the largest share in the North America regional market and is expected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. Considering the product demand in the country, companies are engaged in boosting their production capacities and expanding their presence in the country.

For instance, in March 2020, Anglo Pacific Group PLC announced about entering into a financing agreement with Incoa Performance Minerals LLC for funding the construction of a calcium carbonate mine and infrastructure associated with it in the Dominican Republic. In addition, a processing facility will be constructed in Mobile, Alabama, the U.S. Incoa Performance Minerals LLC shall manufacture high-quality GCC for catering to the U.S. market for various end-use applications including adhesives & sealants, rubber, and food & pharmaceutical products.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is highly competitive as various players are integrated across the value chain with their presence in mining operations, processing facilities, and also in the application sector. Merger & acquisition is amongst the key strategic initiatives adopted by most of the players to sustain their leadership and market share. For example, in November 2019, Imerys acquired three manufacturing facilities from EDK (a leading Brazilian producer of GCC). The acquisition aimed at expanding the former’s footprint in South America and boost product portfolio for paints & coatings applications. The competitive scenario turned out to be quite intense post-2019 with the outbreak of coronavirus, with various players reporting losses in their sales. Some prominent players in the global calcium carbonate market include:

  • AGSCO Corp.

  • Carmeuse

  • Blue Mountain Minerals

  • Carmeuse Lime & Stone Company

  • GCCP Resources

  • GLC Minerals, LLC

  • Greer Limestone Company

  • Gulshan Polyols Ltd.

  • ILC Resources

  • Imerys

  • J.M. Huber Corp.

  • LafargeHolcim

  • Midwest Calcium Carbonates

  • Mineral Technologies

  • Mississippi Lime

  • Mountain Materials, Inc.


  • Omya

  • Parchem Fine & Specialty Chemicals

  • The National Lime & Stone Company

  • United States Lime & Minerals, Inc.

Calcium Carbonate Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 42.5 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 60.7 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.6% from 2020 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion, volume in kilotons, and CAGR from 2020 to 2028

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, company market positioning, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Germany; U.K.; France; China; India; Japan

Key companies profiled

AGSCO Corp.; Carmeuse; Blue Mountain Minerals; Carmeuse Lime & Stone Company; GCCP Resources; GLC Minerals, LLC; Greer Limestone Company; Gulshan Polyols Ltd.; ILC Resources; Imerys; J.M. Huber Corp.; LafargeHolcim; Midwest Calcium Carbonates; Mineral Technologies; Mississippi Lime; Mountain Materials, Inc.; NALC, LLC; Omya; Parchem Fine & Specialty Chemicals; The National Lime & Stone Company; United States Lime & Minerals, Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global calcium carbonate market report on the basis of application and region:

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2028)

    • Paper

    • Paints & Coatings

    • Plastics

    • Adhesives & Sealants

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

    • Middle East & Africa

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