This report has been designed to provide a detailed analysis of the global kaolin market. It covers the most recent data sets of quantitative medium-term projections, as well as developments in production, trade, consumption and prices. The report also includes a comparative analysis of the leading consuming countries, revealing opportunities opened for producers and exporters across the globe. The forecast outlines market prospects to 2020.
The global exports of kaolin amounted to 1,696 million USD in 2015, fluctuating mildly over the period under review. A 26% drop in 2009 was followed by recovery over the next two years, until exports slightly dipped. They increased modestly in 2013 and 2014, ending 2015 with a 5% decline. Overall, there was an annual decrease of -1.7% from 2007 to 2015.
According to estimates, USA remained the dominant global exporter of kaolin. In 2015, the USA's kaolin exports totalled 562 million USD, which accounted for a 33% share in terms of global exports. Belgium, The UK, Brazil, and China were the other key global suppliers of kaolin in 2015, with a 45% combined share of global exports.
Belgium (+6.1% per year) and China (+4.6% per year) were the only major exporters that showed a positive rate of growth from 2007 to 2015. Belgium strengthened its position in the global kaolin export structure, growing its share from 7% in 2007 to 14% in 2015.
On the other hand, Japan (7.9%, based on value terms), Belgium (7.8%), Finland (6.5%), Germany (6.5%), and China (5.6%) were the leading destinations of kaolin imports in 2015. Imports to China grew the fastest, at a pace of +4.9% per year from 2007 to 2015. By contrast, Japan, Finland, and Germany contracted their imports of kaolin over the same period. None of the major importers saw significant changes to their import share size, with Japan displaying the largest share contraction of -4 percentage points.
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1. Introduction1.1 Report Description1.2 Research Methodology