India Kaolin Market

2021 Analysis and Review: India Kaolin Market by Product Type – Crude Kaolin, Calcined, Hydrous, Surface Modified, Delaminated, and Levigated for 2021 – 2031

Key Highlights from Report

  • Which Is the Highest Grossing Pocket for Kaolin Sales in India?  

    West India is projected to remain a highly lucrative pocket for sales of kaolin in India. It is expected to account for over 32% of sales registered in the India kaolin market in 2021. The strong presence of industries such as cement, ceramics and sanitary, paints and coatings, refractories and insecticides, paper, rubber and glass, and others are anticipated seal West India’s dominance in the market.

  • Which is the Top-selling Product in the Kaolin market?

    Crude kaolin is anticipated to remain the top-selling product type in the kaolin market. It is also expected to account for about 36% of the overall kaolin sales in the country by 2031.

  • Which are some of the leading companies offering Kaolin?

    Some of the leading companies in the India market are EICL Limited, Ashapura China Clay Co., 20 Microns Ltd., Ashok Mineral Enterprises, Prash Minerals, Shree Ram Minerals and many others. As per FM analysis, over 49% of the kaolin market share in India is currently held by the top 8 players.

  • Who is the Leading End User of Kaolin in India? 

    The cement industry is expected to remain the leading end user of kaolin in India. It is expected to account for about 47% of the overall consumption Kaolin in the country.

Key Points Covered in India Kaolin Market Study

  • Market estimates and forecast 2016-2031
  • Key drivers and restraints impacting market growth
  • Segment-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  • Competition Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Brand share and Market Share Analysis
  • Key Product Innovations and Regulatory Climate
  • COVID-19 Impact on the India Kaolin Market and How to Navigate
  • Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies

2016-2020 Kaolin Market Outlook Compared to 2021-2031 Forecast

Expansion of various end-use industries has been crucial for fuelling the demand demand for kaolin in India. According to FMI, the India kaolin market registered a CAGR of 3% during the historical period 2016 and 2019.

The sudden drop in the demand for kaolin in the year 2020 can be attributed to the restrictions imposed amid COVID-19 outbreak. With mines and various industries staying shuttered during the nationwide lockdown, the market registered negative growth. However, sales are expected to recover as the economy gradually returns to normalcy.

The growing demand for cement, concrete & ceramics from the construction and infrastructure industries owing to the growing construction of residential and commercial buildings, airports, bridges, highways and roadways and other parts is expected to boost the demand of kaolin in the coming years. This is due to the use of kaolin in the production of cement, ceramics and concrete.

The growing demand of paints and coatings in India is also anticipated to benefit the consumption rate of kaolin since kaolin is used to improve the rheological and mechanical properties of the paints. The strong presence of kaolin mines in the Kutch region, makes West India a popular destination for the Kaolin manufacturers to set up their processing plants.

What Is the Impact of Increasing Demand of Cement and Glass on Kaolin market?

The expansion of the cement industry in India will create impressive growth opportunities. Rising investment in building and construction sector of the country also will increase the demand of cement since it is used in the construction of roads, highways, airports, bridges and other infrastructure.

Kaolin is used as a raw material in cement production, therefore, rising demand for cement will have positive impact on the market.

Increasing production of glass due to the rising demand from automotive, construction, and renovation industries will have a positive impact on the market.  Flat glass is increasingly used in buildings, window panels, and vehicles. Kaolin is used in the production of glass and fiberglass, thus hinging its demand to a certain extent on the glass consumption.

Moreover, container glass is used for food packaging, pharmaceutical packaging and fiberglass lining in reactors, fiberglass insulation, fiberglass tanks, and pipes. This also is projected to create traction in the market.

What Is the Impact Of COVID-19 Crisis On Kaolin Market?

The Pandemic crisis has resulted in the restricted operations across the mineral industries in the year 2020. This is due to the closure of mining activities in India during the nationwide lockdown amid pandemic.

The kaolin market in India also has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The decrease in demand from various industries and shut down of various construction projects have resulted in the decrease in the consumption of kaolin.

The growth rate will therefore be affected due to less demand for kaolin from cement, ceramic, refractories, glass, paints and coatings, and other industries.

Category-wise Insights

How is Demand from Cement Industry Contributing to Kaolin Sales in India?

Among end users, the cement Industry is anticipated to remain a key segment and is further estimated to account for about 47% of the overall kaolin consumption in India in 2021. Owing to the increasing application of cement in the construction and infrastructure sector, the demand of cement will consistently rise in the coming years. 

The expansion of the construction sector in response to the rising investment in the construction of buildings, hospitals, bridges, airports, roadways, highways, and other structures will fuel demand for cement. This in turn will increase scope for kaolin application.

Why Has Crude Kaolin emerged as the Top-selling Product?

Crude kaolin is anticipated to account for about 36% of the Kaolin market in India. Crude kaolin is used in the processing of kaolin which are used in various applications in several industries. Crude kaolin also is used in the production of refractories, cement, and insecticides.

Competitive Landscape

Companies operating in the Kaolin market of India are aiming to increase their production capacity and are focusing on increasing their mining capacity to expand their market presence.

  • For instance, during 2014 and 2015, Ashapura China Clay Company has acquired new mines with an estimate reserves of 2.5 million tons to 3.0 million tons of kaolin in Kerela to cater the growing demand of kaolin and to increase market footprint in the country.
  • During 2014 and 2015, 20 Microns Ltd. has installed a new plant with a production capacity of 33,600 Tons per annum. With the existing production capacity of 80,500 Tons per annum, the company has an installed capacity of about 114,000 tons per year.

Key market players are also focusing on strategic collaborations and partnerships with other players to increase their revenue and market presence.

  • For instance, in 2019, 20 Microns Ltd. has partnered with Dorfner GmBH, a German based kaolin company which is also an exclusive distributor of hydrous kaolin across the Europe, to increase its market footprint in the international market.

Some of the leading companies operating in the market are:

  • EICL Limited
  • MLA Group of Industries
  • Prash Minerals
  • M/S Garg Minerals & Chemicals
  • Ashok Mineral Enterprises
  • Ashapura China Clay Co. LLP
  • Shree Ram Minerals
  • Srinath Enterprises
  • Mona Exim Inc.
  • Vulcan Ceramics Co. Pvt. Ltd.
  • Kalpana Minerals Pvt. Ltd.
  • 20 Microns Ltd.
  • Kerela Ceramics Ltd.
  • Sudarshan Minerals & Industries 

*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report.

Scope of Report

Attribute

Details

Forecast Period

2021-2031

Historical Data Available for

2016-2020

Market Analysis

USD Million for Value, Kilo Tons for Volume

Key Regions Covered

North India, South India, East India and West India

Key Segments Covered

Product type, End Use and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • EICL Limited
  • MLA Group of Industries
  • Prash Minerals
  • M/S Garg Minerals & Chemicals
  • Ashok Mineral Enterprises
  • Ashapura China Clay Co. LLP
  • Shree Ram Minerals
  • Srinath Enterprises
  • Mona Exim Inc.
  • Vulcan Ceramics Co. Pvt. Ltd.
  • Kalpana Minerals Pvt. Ltd.
  • 20 Microns Ltd.
  • Kerela Ceramics Ltd.
  • Sudarshan Minerals & Industries 

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, Company Share Analysis, Competition Intelligence, DROT Analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, and Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Kaolin Market by Category

By Product Type

  • Crude Kaolin
  • Calcined
  • Hydrous
  • Surface Modified
  • Delaminated
  • Levigated

By End Use

  • Cement
  • Ceramics & Sanitary
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Paper & Glass
  • Pesticide & Refractory
  • Others

By Region

  • North India
  • South India
  • East India
  • West India

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