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Report: Paper Industry Focus Shifts to Calcium Carbonate from Kaolin

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5 December 2011


Mike King

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The global market for Calcium Carbonate is forecast to reach 113.9 million tons by the year 2017. Increasing use of calcium carbonate in paper industries, growing demand for precipitated calcium carbonate and nano calcium carbonate, conversion of existing paper mills from acid-based process technology to alkaline-based process technology are few of the key factors influencing market growth. Going forwards, Asia is expected to spearhead growth for both PCC and GCC worldwide, fuelled by the significant increase in the number of paper mills and growth in plastics sector in the region over the recent years. Meanwhile, GCC continues to enjoy increasing demand from the paper industry in paper coating applications as well as fillers.

Calcium Carbonate is the principal inorganic mineral material, which is primarily used as commercial and functional filler in paper, rubber, plastic, architectural materials, coatings and light chemicals. Calcium Carbonate has been gaining ground over the years as an important inorganic mineral. Paper, paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, form some of the important end-uses of calcium carbonate. Along with talc and kaolin, the mineral (known as filler or body pigment) finds extensive usage in metalloid mineral applications. In addition, calcium carbonate has long been recognized as a useful additive for thermoplastics and in PVC for many applications.

According to Global Industry Analysts, Asia-Pacific represents the largest regional market for calcium carbonate worldwide. Europe and the US represent the other two important markets for Calcium Carbonate consumption, trailing behind Asia-Pacific. Future growth in the market is expected to be driven by Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East. Asia-Pacific market for calcium carbonate is forecast to post a CAGR of more than 7.0% over the analysis period. Segment-wise, Ground Calcium Carbonate represents the larger type, while Precipitated Calcium Carbonate is projected to witness faster gains over the analysis period.

Paper industry constitutes the largest market for Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC), followed by the plastics industry. In the paper industry, GCC competes with precipitated calcium carbonate and Kaolin, which are also used in coating applications. However, the brightness conferred by GCC and its high-quality performance in high-speed paper machines makes it superior to kaolin. Increasing use of GCC as a functional additive and process aid, in addition to its use as a filler, is expected to drive the demand for the much finely ground calcium carbonate. In the plastics industry, GCC is the most common filler used, although Alumina Trihydrate and Talc are the preferred minerals in more demanding applications. Consumption is likely to increase considerably in Asia-Pacific and other emerging markets, while North America and Europe would register a relatively slower growth. In Latin America, the GCC market witnessed scarcity in the supply of raw materials, however, demand is likely to sustain owing to the imports of raw materials, such as limestone.

The global consumption of Precipitated Calcium Carbonate is largely concentrated in Asia. Other major regions include North America and Europe, placed at distant second and third positions, respectively. Going forwards, Asia is expected to spearhead growth in the consumption of PCC worldwide, fuelled by the significant rise in number of paper mills and growth in plastics sector in the region over the recent years. Meanwhile, growth in PCC consumption across North America and Europe is expected to be sluggish, largely due to the closure of paper mills as a result of plummeting demand due to economic recession, and intensifying competition among domestic producers.

Paper represents the largest end-use market for PCC worldwide, followed by the plastics industry. However, plastics represent the fastest growing end-use market for PCC during the analysis period. Consumption of PCC in the paper industry is largely divided between the Asian (including Japan), North American, and European markets. Wood-free, uncoated paper, which accounts for almost 40% of the total writing and printing paper, is the largest end-use application of PCC fillers. Polypropylene, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Polyethylene, and Unsaturated polyesters are the four main resins, which account for a lion's share of the filler mineral consumption in the plastics industry. PCC is mostly utilized in rigid PVC, and to a lesser extent in flexible PVC.

Major players profiled in the report include Excalibar Minerals LLC, Huber Engineered Materials, Imerys, Maruo Calcium Co. Ltd., Minerals Technologies Inc., Mississippi Lime Company, Okutama Kogyo Co. Ltd., Omya AG, Schaefer Kalk GMBH & Co. KG, Shiraishi Kogyo Kaisha, Ltd., Solvay S.A., among others.

The research report titled Calcium Carbonate: A Global Strategic Business Report by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the overall calcium carbonate market, indepth analysis of the Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC) and Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) markets, current market trends, key growth drivers, overview of nano calcium carbonate market, new product introductions, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global as well as regional market participants. The report provides annual sales/consumption estimates and forecasts for calcium carbonate market for the years 2009 through 2017 for the following geographic markets - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America. Key product segments analyzed include Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC), and Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC). The GCC and PCC markets are analyzed by the following end-use segments - Paper, Paints and Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants, Plastics, and Others. Also, a six-year (2003-2008) historic analysis is provided for an additional perspective. Global Industry Analysts

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