Global Calcium Carbonate Market to Reach 108.5 Million Tons

Published: 09th February 2011
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Global Calcium Carbonate Market to Reach 108.5 Million Tons by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Asia-Pacific represents the largest regional market for calcium carbonate worldwide, as stated by the new market research report on calcium carbonate . Europe trails behind Asia-Pacific. Future growth in the market is expected to be driven by regional markets such as Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East. Latin American market for calcium carbonate alone is expected to post a CAGR of 3.6% over the analysis period. Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC) represents the largest type of calcium carbonate, while Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) is projected to witness fastest gains through 2015.

Paper industry constitutes the largest market for GCC, followed by the plastics industry. GCC continues to enjoy increasing demand from the paper industry in paper coating applications as well as fillers. 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 the more demanding applications. Consumption is likely to increase considerably in Asia, while North America and Europe would register a lackluster growth. In Latin America, the GCC industry 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 Europe and North America, 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. Within Asia, the largest production capacity of more than 70% of the total is concentrated in China. Meanwhile, growth in PCC consumption across Europe and North America 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 industry represents the largest end-use sector for PCC worldwide.

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

I’m not talking about that faux-classy plastic stuff that kinda looks convincing after you’ve knocked back 11 French 75s at the Hole In The Mole Club and staggered up to your parked Avenger Brougham Martha Stewart Edition LXXX in the fog. No, I mean pure cheeze, what Frank Zappa called "Cheepnis." We’re Americans, by God! Just knowing we can roll into a Chrysler showroom and then burn rubber off the lot with a machine dipped in polystryrene heraldic crests, glued-on chrome script, and NearlyOak™ paneling makes us feel better.

Right. These are the thoughts that run through my head when I see a Cordoba— say, for example, a ’78 like this one I found at a Denver self-service yard— at the end of its personal-luxury road.

The Cordoba was one of the many dead ends that Chrysler careened down during the Middle Malaise Era, chalk crusher whose semi-strong sales (at first) hid the financial precipice looming not far ahead. A few years later, the K-platform family saved Chrysler’s ass and Chrysler ditched rear-drivers entirely; the Cordoba hung on until 1983.

Sadly, this car does not have the optional Corinthian Leather interior. The chalk crusher will enjoy flavor.

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