Modern Minerals: Ceresana Forecasts Growing Market for Fillers

Insoluble additives make engineering plastics suitable for demanding applications.
KONSTANZ, Germany - Feb. 26, 2024 - PRLog -- Innovative high-tech fillers can give materials amazing properties: Glass panes that become cloudy when exposed to sunlight and provide shade, 3D-printed components without heat distortion or, for example, paints that store light and emit it in the dark. The classic fillers remain indispensable for numerous industries, whether as powders, fibers or small spheres: Demand for natural calcium carbonate (GCC), precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), kaolin, talc, wollastonite, mica, carbon black and other fillers is expected to increase to almost 89 million tonnes by 2032. The latest, seventh edition of the Ceresana study on the global market for fillers expects average revenue growth of 3.6% per year.

Custom-made Functional Fillers

There would be no rubber and no car tires without carbon black or other additives: Elastomers are the largest application area for fillers, accounting for around 28% of global demand. For plastics, the second largest application, the current Ceresana market report expects demand for fillers to increase by 2.5% per year. Mineral fillers help make cars lighter, bioplastics more durable and wind turbines and solar systems more weatherproof. Fillers not only increase the volume of materials and reduce their costs - they also make it possible to specifically change the properties of materials. Mica, for example, is used for heat-resistant coatings; ground feldspar is used as an anti-blocking agent in packaging films; fine graphite powder reduces the friction of plastic surfaces. Paper becomes opaque, white and smooth thanks to fillers.

Calcium Carbonate and Carbon Black

The Stone Age is far from over: Natural calcium carbonate (ground calcium carbonate, GCC) has a market share of around 34%. Ceresana forecasts further growth of 2.6% per year for GCC until 2032. GCC is mainly used for plastics, paints, and paper. Precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) has many properties identical to GCC and is used primarily for paper production, as well as paints and varnishes. After these lime products, industrially produced carbon black is one of the best-selling fillers: Around 13.7 million tonnes of carbon black are used every year, primarily to reinforce tires and other rubber products.

New Market Study "Fillers – World":

Chapter 1 provides a description and analysis of the global market for fillers, including forecasts up to 2032. These product types are examined in detail: Ground calcium carbonate (GCC), Precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), Carbon black, Kaolin, Talc, other fillers. The application areas are investigated: Plastics, Elastomers, Paper, Paints and coatings, Adhesives and sealants. Chapter 2 analyzes demand for and revenues generated with fillers for the 29 largest national markets. Chapter 3 offers a useful directory of the 75 most important producers of fillers.
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