US Industrial Clays Demand to Rise Less Than 1.0% Annually in Volume Terms to 2022


Cleveland, OH, November 28, 2018 — US demand for industrial clays is forecast to rise less than 1.0% annually in volume terms through 2022, according to Industrial Clays: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Rising construction activity and building products manufacturing will drive advances, particularly for common clay. Expanding output of paints and coatings will stimulate sales of kaolin and other clays used as fillers, extenders, and binders. However, continued adoption of alternative materials for filler and extender applications, such as calcium carbonate, will limit gains.

In the leading building products market, suppliers are expected to benefit from rising levels of building construction activity and the resulting gains in building products output. The pace of demand growth for industrial clays in building products will nevertheless underperform real US building products shipments over the forecast period. Clay will continue to maintain a strong foothold as a necessary input for products such as brick and cement, but builders will continue a long-term trend of specifying non-clay products over clay.

These and other key insights are featured in Industrial Clays: United States. This report forecasts to 2022 US industrial clays demand and production in metric tons. Total demand is segmented by product in terms of:

  • common clay
  • kaolin
  • bentonite
  • fuller’s earth
  • ball clay
  • fire clay

Total demand is also segmented by application as follows:

  • building products
  • fillers, extenders, and binders
  • absorbents
  • ceramics
  • refractories and other applications such as drilling mud, foundry sand bond, and iron ore pelletizing

To illustrate historical trends, total demand, total production, the various demand segments, and trade are provided in annual series from 2007 to 2017.

This report excludes clay used for such purposes as construction fill, landfill caps, and landscaping that is mined by companies that do not operate mills or plants.

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