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Mordor Intelligence forecasts significant growth for the ball clay market through 2023.Demand is growing particularly rapidly for sanitaryware in the Asia-Pacific region (primarily in China and India) as a result of increasing populations and infrastructures.

The bentonite market is projected to surpass $1.9 billion by 2024, according to Global Market Insights. A booming steel industry in India, China and South Korea has boosted the iron pelletizing industry, which should promote growth of the bentonite market. The market for calcium bentonite in Germany is projected to register gains of 4% due to a strong focus on infrastructure and increasing construction. Refining applications will represent an opportunity for sodium bentonite in China; this application sector could represent $3 million by 2024.

A report from Grand View Research projects that the global kaolin market will top $9.8 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 8.8%. Increasing demand for ceramics and paints as a result of rapid infrastructure development, particularly in emerging economies such as India and China, is expected to contribute to growth. The increasing number of ceramic manufacturers in China has contributed to kaolin market growth over the past several years, and this trend is expected to continue.18

Domestically, production of clays (sold or used) was estimated to be 24.7 Mt (an increase of 4.7%) valued at over $1.5 billion in 2017 (see Table 2). Apparent consumption of all clays grew 3.4% to 21 Mt. Uses for specific clays included:

The U.S. imported 580,000 t of clays for consumption in 2017, an increase of 22.9%, including: 28,000 t of artificially activated clays and earths (up 7%); 480,000 t of kaolin (up 23.4%), and 76,000 t other (up 33.3%). Exports increased overall (by 5.3%) to 4 Mt. Specific exports included: 140,000 t of artificially activated clays and earths (down 2.1%); 84,000 t of ball clay (up 104.9%), 940,000 t of bentonite (up 17.4%); 240,000 t of clays not elsewhere classified (down 6.3%); 240,000 t of fire clay (up 30.4%); 77,000 t of fuller’s earth (down 10.5%); and 2.3 Mt of kaolin (relatively flat with a 0.4% increase).