Demand for Kaolin and Metakaolin as Ecofriendly Alternative to Traditional Materials Used in Construction Sector to Increase Considerably

The global kaolin and metakaolin market majorly gains its strength from the increasing construction activities worldwide. Kaolin in general finds usage in sanitary ware and white ware, besides which it also finds application across industries such as ceramics, paper, adhesives, and other specialty uses. Meanwhile, the use of metakaolin is increasing in cement applications to reduce carbon emission, thus creating an ecofriendly alternative for traditional materials.

According to Transparency Market Research, the global kaolin market is expected to report a CAGR of 4% between 2013 and 2019. Expanding at this rate, the market is poised to reach US$5.3 bn by the end of 2019. It had a valuation of US$4.0 in 2012. The global metakaolin market during the same forecast period is projected to rise at a CAGR of 4.40%. The market is stood at US$91.8 mn in 2012 and is expected to reach US$124.2 mn by the end of 2019.

Q: Which applications will create most lucrative opportunities for the kaolin and metakaolin market?

A: Kaolin witnesses reasonably high demand from applications such as building foundations, constructions, architectural structures, and pavements to satisfy various concrete and cement needs. Likewise, the kaolin market has gained a very lucrative market in the sanitary ware and ceramic tiles segment. The surging use of ceramic materials and their increasing visibility worldwide has opened up several industrial and commercial applications beyond the construction sector, for kaolin, thus augmenting the growth of the market. 

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In terms of application analysis, TMR projects the paper segment to hold the leading share in the global kaolin market. Due to the accelerated industrialization witnessed across Asia Pacific, the region is expected to emerge dominant in the global kaolin and metakaolin market. The market is also expected to gain from the recent research and development aimed at exploring newer applications of kaolin.

Q: What recent discoveries could bolster kaolin application in the near future?

A: Recently scientist have discovered the usability of kaolin in the development of whitefly populations in greenhouses. Kaolin has also shown a considerable effect on the physiological characteristics of bean crops. The results of these studies conducted revealed high efficacy on whitefly control in plants that are treated with 5% kaolin. The material provided by the American Society of Horticulture Science to the ScienceDaily, also revealed that foliar application of kaolin is capable of decreasing transpiration, thereby enhancing leaf chlorophyll without affecting yield.

Likewise, experts predict the application of metakaolin to considerably increase in cement, mortars, and concrete. According to researchers, the increasing applicability of using waste rubber as binding agent in structural applications, will create use for metakaolin. This is because supplementary cementing materials such as metakaolin can help compensate mechanical properties lost due to adding waste rubber in concrete. Such novel applications hold increased opportunities for kaolin and metakaolin producers to capitalize on in the forthcoming years.


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