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Montmorillonite Clay (Bentonites) Consumption Market Report 2018-2023


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In this report, covers the present scenario (with the base year being 2017) and the growth prospects of global Montmorillonite Clay (Bentonites) market for 2018–2023.

The name bentonite was first suggested in 1898 for clay hosted by the Benton Shale in Wyoming. It was initially described as clay formed by the alteration of volcanic ash, but the most widely used commercial definition is that bentonite is clay consisting essentially of smectite minerals (usually montmorillonite) regardless of occurrence or origin.

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Most economic bentonite deposits are of Cretaceous age or younger and associated with marine shale and marl (Wyoming), calcareous sands and marls (Morocco), carbonaceous shales and coal (South Africa), sandstone and conglomerate (Australia), dacitic pyroclastics and tuffs (Milos), andesite (China) or rhyolite and obsidian/perlite (China and Mozambique).

Bentonite is characterised by exchangeable cations such as Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+ or Li+ which affect its designation and properties. For example, bentonite is typically described as either swelling or nonswelling bentonite. Swelling bentonite (also known as western bentonite) is sodium bentonite that swells in water and is generally used in its natural state. Non-swelling bentonite is calcium bentonite (also known as southern bentonite) that is used as mined, after treatment with soda ash to produce sodium-exchanged bentonite, or treated with acid to produce bleaching clay. Li-rich bentonite is known as hectorite and is commercially mined only in the US.

Natural bentonites occur in two main forms: Na-based and Ca-based. While Ca-bentonite is more common, Na-bentonite is a more effective binder. To boost the binding power of Ca-bentonite, it is subjected to a chemical reaction with soda ash to activate its outer and inner surfaces, which increases its ability to bind water.

United States is the largest producer and consumer, due to its rich reserves and strong demnd of bentonite. In North America, the market concentration in very high, most of bentonite is concentrated in Wyoming and developed by few manufacturers like Amcol, Bentonite Performance Minerals LLC (BPM), Wyo-Ben Inc, Black Hills Bentonite and Tolsa Group (acquired the assets of U.S. Bentonite in the end of 2014).

Over the next five years, projects that Montmorillonite Clay (Bentonites) will register a 4.2% CAGR in terms of revenue, reach US$ 1400 million by 2023, from US$ 1090 million in 2017.

This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares, and growth opportunities of Montmorillonite Clay (Bentonites) market by product type, application, key manufacturers and key regions.

To calculate the market size, considers value and volume generated from the sales of the following segments:

Segmentation by product type:

  • Sodium Bentonite
  • Calcium Bentonite

Segmentation by application:

  • Molding Sands
  • Iron Ore Pelletizing
  • Pet Litter
  • Drilling Mud
  • Civil Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Others

This report also splits the market by region:

  • Americas
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico

The report also presents the market competition landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/manufacturers in the market. The key manufacturers covered in this report:

  • Amcol (Minerals Technologies)
  • Bentonite Performance Minerals LLC(US)
  • Wyo-Ben Inc(US)
  • Black Hills Bentonite(US)
  • Tolsa Group (Spain)
  • Imerys (S&B) (France)
  • Clariant (Switzerland)
  • Bentonite Company LLC (Russia)
  • Laviosa Minerals SpA (Italy)
  • LKAB Minerals (Netherlands)
  • Ashapura (India)
  • Star Bentonite Group (India)
  • Kunimine Industries (South America)
  • Huawei Bentonite (China)
  • Fenghong New Material (China)
  • Chang’an Renheng (China)
  • Liufangzi Bentonite (China)
  • Bentonit Uniao (Brazil)
  • Castiglioni Pes y Cia (Argentina)
  • Canbensan (Turkey)
  • Ayd?n Bentonit (Turkey)
  • KarBen (Turkey)
  • G & W Mineral Resources (South Africa)
  • Ningcheng Tianyu (China)

In addition, this report discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key manufacturers and the market as a whole. It also analyzes key emerging trends and their impact on present and future development.

Research objectives

To study and analyze the global Montmorillonite Clay (Bentonites) consumption (value & volume) by key regions/countries, product type and application, history data from 2013 to 2017, and forecast to 2023.

To understand the structure of Montmorillonite Clay (Bentonites) market by identifying its various subsegments.

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Table of content

1 Scope of the Report
1.1 Market Introduction
1.2 Research Objectives
1.3 Years Considered

2 Executive Summary
2.1 World Market Overview
2.1.1 Global Montmorillonite Clay (Bentonites) Consumption 2013–2023
2.1.2 Montmorillonite Clay (Bentonites) Consumption CAGR by Region

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