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Kaolin: United States

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Industry Overview
Market Size and Trends | Market Segmentation | Trade | NAFTA Overview
Global Overview | Legal and Regulatory Overview

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Demand Forecasts
Market Environment | Market Forecasts

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Kaolin: United States

ABOUT THIS REPORT

Scope & Method


This report forecasts US kaolin demand in metric tons and US dollars at the
manufacturers level to 2017. Total demand in metric tons is segmented by market in
terms of:

paper
ceramics
refractories
paint
rubber
other markets such as pharmaceuticals, brick, and cement.

For the purposes of this report, kaolin is defined as a processed (eg, washed,
beneficiated) product derived from crude kaolin clay deposits. Production data therefore
represent the final weight of processed kaolin, not the weight of crude kaolin mined.
To illustrate historical trends, total demand in metric tons is provided in an annual series
from 2002 to 2012; the various segments are reported at five-year intervals for 2007
and 2012. Forecasts are developed via the identification and analysis of pertinent
statistical relationships and other historical trends/events as well as their expected
progression/impact over the forecast period. Changes in quantities between reported
years of a given total or segment are typically provided in terms of five-year compound
annual growth rates (CAGRs). For the sake of brevity, forecasts are generally stated in
smoothed CAGR-based descriptions to the forecast year, such as demand is projected
to rise 3.2% annually through 2017. The result of any particular year over that period,
however, may exhibit volatility and depart from a smoothed, long-term trend, as
historical data typically illustrate.
Key macroeconomic indicators are also provided at five-year intervals with CAGRs for
the years corresponding to other reported figures. Other various topics, including
profiles of pertinent leading suppliers, are covered in this report. A full outline of report
items by page is available in the Table of Contents.

Sources
Kaolin: United States is based on World Kaolin, a comprehensive industry study
published by The Freedonia Group in April 2014. Reported findings represent the
synthesis and analysis of data from various primary, secondary, macroeconomic, and
demographic sources including:

firms participating in the industry, and their suppliers and customers

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government/public agencies
national, regional, and international non-governmental organizations
trade associations and their publications
the business and trade press
The Freedonia Group Consensus Forecasts dated April 2013 and June
2013
the findings of other industry studies by The Freedonia Group.

Specific sources and additional resources are listed in the Resources section of this
publication for reference and to facilitate further research.

Industry Codes
The topic of this report is related to the following industry codes:
NAICS/SCIAN 2007
North American Industry Classification System

SIC
Standard Industry Codes

212324
212325

1455
1459

327992

Kaolin and Ball Clay Mining


Clay and Ceramic and Refractory
Minerals Mining
Ground or Treated Mineral and Earth
Manufacturing

3295

Kaolin and Ball Clay


Clay, Ceramic, and Refractory Minerals,
NEC
Minerals and Earths, Ground or Otherwise
Treated

Copyright & Licensing


The full report is protected by copyright laws of the United States of America and
international treaties. The entire contents of the publication are copyrighted by The
Freedonia Group, Inc.

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Table of Contents
Section

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About This Report ......................................................................................................................................... i


Highlights....................................................................................................................................................... 1
Industry Overview ......................................................................................................................................... 2
Market Size & Trends .............................................................................................................................. 2
Chart 1 | United States: Kaolin Demand Trends, 2002-2012 ............................................................. 2
Market Segmentation ............................................................................................................................... 3
Chart 2 | United States: Kaolin Demand by Market, 2012 .................................................................. 3
Paper. ................................................................................................................................................. 4
Ceramics. ............................................................................................................................................ 5
Refractories. ....................................................................................................................................... 6
Paint. ................................................................................................................................................... 6
Rubber. ............................................................................................................................................... 7
Other Markets. .................................................................................................................................... 7
Trade ........................................................................................................................................................ 9
Chart 3 | United States: Kaolin Trade (thousand metric tons) ............................................................ 9
NAFTA Overview ................................................................................................................................... 10
Chart 4 | NAFTA: Kaolin Demand by Country, 2012 ........................................................................ 10
Global Overview ..................................................................................................................................... 11
Chart 5 | World Kaolin Demand by Region, 2012............................................................................. 11
Legal & Regulatory Overview ................................................................................................................ 12
Demand Forecasts ...................................................................................................................................... 13
Market Environment ............................................................................................................................... 13
Table 1 | United States: Key Indicators for Kaolin Demand; 2007, 2012, 2017 (2005US$ bil) ........ 13
Market Forecasts ................................................................................................................................... 14
Table 2 | United States: Kaolin Demand by Market; 2007, 2012, 2017 (thousand metric tons) ...... 14
Paper. ............................................................................................................................................... 14
Ceramics. .......................................................................................................................................... 15
Refractories. ..................................................................................................................................... 15
Paint. ................................................................................................................................................. 15
Rubber. ............................................................................................................................................. 15
Other Markets. .................................................................................................................................. 15
Industry Structure ........................................................................................................................................ 16
Industry Composition & Characteristics ................................................................................................. 16
Company Profile 1 | Imerys SA......................................................................................................... 17
Company Profile 2 | KaMin LLC ....................................................................................................... 18
Company Profile 3 | Thiele Kaolin Company .................................................................................... 19
Additional Companies Cited................................................................................................................... 20
Resources ................................................................................................................................................... 21
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