Kaolin Market Size Worth $6.28 Billion By 2027 | CAGR: 3.5%

September 2020 | Report Format: Electronic (PDF)

Kaolin Market Growth & Trends

The global kaolin market size is expected to reach USD 6.28 billion by 2027, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., expanding at a CAGR of 3.5% from 2020 to 2027. The increasing popularity of high-grade kaolin within the cosmetics industry is anticipated to propel the growth of the market space over the forecast period.

The use of kaolin in the cosmetics industry has witnessed steady growth over the last few years. As per cosmetics industry experts, the absorbent properties exhibited by kaolin proved to be a key factor in the wide adoption of the product within this application segment. In addition, increasing consumer awareness pertaining to the use of natural ingredients, especially in cosmetic creams and lotions, propelled the adoption of kaolin in the global cosmetics market space.

The emergence of COVID-19 in the first quarter of FY 2020 has directly impacted the construction activities. The slowdown in the construction sector is projected to indirectly influence the dynamics of the global market space. The imposition of lockdown by many countries around the globe have stalled construction activities and caused a severe economic impact. The kaolin expansion projects initiated by market vendors at the start of 2019 have been stalled due to the scarcity caused by the emergence of COVID-19.

Despite the current downturn in economic conditions, the futuristic opportunities for marketspace look lucrative with larger demand coming from ceramics application. An increase in ceramics production is anticipated to positively influence the apparent consumption of the product over the forecast period. Wider adoption of ceramics, especially in décor and interior design, is likely to boost its prospects over the predicted timeline.

Most of the players in the market are focused on devising strategies to limit economic exposure caused due to the breakout of the pandemic and the subsequent slowdown in the demand for the product from key application segments. The market participants are inclined towards maintaining positive liquidity in order to sustain themselves during these unprecedented times.

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Kaolin Market Report Highlights

  • The paper application segment led the market and held over 37.0% share of the global revenue in 2019 owing to increasing demand for paper boards from the packaging industry

  • The ceramics application segment is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.9% in terms of revenue over the forecast period owing to increasing production of ceramic tiles to meet the growing demand from the construction industry, especially in the U.S., China, and India

  • The cosmetics application segment accounted for a volume share of 1.1% in 2019 and is expected to emerge as one of the fast-growing segments in terms of volume over the forecast period. The growth is attributed to increasing consumer disposable income, along with the rising demand for skincare products

  • Asia Pacific is anticipated to expand at the fastest CAGR in terms of volume as well as revenue over the forecast period, owing to the wide adoption of kaolin within the regional supply chain of the ceramics manufacturing marketspace

  • Europe is expected to register a CAGR of 2.3% in terms of volume over the forecast period. The economic disaster triggered by the breakout of the pandemic is likely to restrain the market growth in the region.

Kaolin Market Segmentation

Grand View Research has segmented the global kaolin market on the basis of application and region:

Kaolin Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

  • Paper

  • Ceramics

  • Paint & Coatings

  • Fiberglass

  • Plastic

  • Rubber

  • Pharmaceuticals & medical

  • Cosmetics

  • Others

Kaolin Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

  • North America

    • U.S.

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • U.K.

    • Russia

    • Turkey

  • Asia Pacific

    • China

    • India

    • Japan

    • South Korea

    • Australia

  • Central & South America

    • Brazil

  • Middle East & Africa

    • Saudi Arabia

List of Key Players of Kaolin Market



  • Sibelco N.V.

  • KaMin LLC

  • Thiele Kaolin Company

  • Imerys S.A.

  • I-Minerals, Inc.

  • Quarzwerke GmbH

  • Maoming Xingli Kaolin Co., Ltd.

  • Guangdong Highsun Yongye Group Co., Ltd.

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