World Kaolin

World demand for kaolin, also known as China clay, will generally be driven by the expansion of manufacturing activity in developing countries. Advances will be con- strained by a contraction in the paper markets of North America and Western Europe, as the increasing digitization of media erodes demand for kaolin-intensive coated paper products.

Hydraulic fracturing drives kaolin in ceramics production

Ceramics production, which represents the second largest market for kaolin, grew at an above-average rate between 2010 and 2015. Gains in this market were supported by a boom in demand for ceramic proppants used in hydraulic fracturing applications, particularly in the US. A fall in global oil prices beginning in 2015 cast petroleum industries into a state of uncertainty, and fast gains for ceramic proppants are not expected to be repeated through 2020.

Digitization continues to damage the paper industry

The paper market will continue to represent the largest outlet for kaolin. However, the importance of the paper market has declined significantly since 2005, when it represented 46 percent of world kaolin consumption. Global paper and paperboard production grew between 2005 and 2015, but output of coated paper products, which consume kaolin more intensively than do uncoated products, declined. As a result, demand for kaolin in the paper market fell over this period. The performance of kaolin in paper filling applications has been eroded by competition from alternative materials, particularly calcium carbonates. Slow growth in coated paper production will limit advances for kaolin through 2020.

India, Malaysia & China show most rapid growth

Through 2020, growth in kaolin demand in the Asia/Pacific region is forecast to outpace the global average, with the fastest gains occurring in India, Malaysia, and China. The region accounted for the largest share of kaolin demand in 2015, thanks to the presence of China and several other major kaolin consumers, including Japan, India, and South Korea. However, regional growth will be restrained by a contraction in Japan, where kaolin consumption in the paper market is forecast to fall.

Study coverage

World Kaolin analyzes the global kaolin market. It presents historical data (2005, 2010 and 2015) plus forecasts (2020 and 2025) for supply and demand, as well as demand by market (paper, ceramics, paint, refractories, rubber, other) in 6 regions and 21 major countries. In addition, the study considers key market environment factors, assesses the industry structure and evaluates company market share.

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  1. World Kaolin

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    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

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    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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      1. Table | WORLD KAOLIN DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

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      1. 3.1 General

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      2. 3.2 World Economic Overview

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        1. 3.2.1 Recent Historical Trends

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        2. 3.2.2 World Economic Outlook

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          1. Table | WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION

      3. 3.3 World Demographic Overview

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        1. Table | WORLD POPULATION BY REGION

      4. 3.4 World Paper & Paperboard Production

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        1. Table | WORLD PAPER & PAPERBOARD PRODUCTION BY REGION

      5. 3.5 World Manufacturing Overview

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        1. Table | WORLD MANUFACTURING VALUE ADDED BY REGION

      6. 3.6 Legal & Regulatory Environment

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      7. 3.7 Pricing Trends

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        1. Table | AVERAGE KAOLIN PRICES BY REGION & MARKET

    4. 4 OVERVIEW

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      1. 4.1 General

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      2. 4.2 Demand by Region

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        1. Table | WORLD KAOLIN DEMAND BY REGION

        2. CHART III-1 WORLD KAOLIN DEMAND BY REGION, 2015

      3. 4.3 Demand by Market

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        1. Table | WORLD KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART III-2 WORLD KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET, 2015

        3. 4.3.1 Paper

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          1. Table | WORLD PAPER MARKET FOR KAOLIN BY REGION

        4. 4.3.2 Ceramics

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          1. Table | WORLD CERAMICS MARKET FOR KAOLIN BY REGION

        5. 4.3.3 Refractories

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          1. Table | WORLD REFRACTORIES MARKET FOR KAOLIN BY REGION

        6. 4.3.4 Paint

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          1. Table | WORLD PAINT MARKET FOR KAOLIN BY REGION

        7. 4.3.5 Rubber

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          1. Table | WORLD RUBBER MARKET FOR KAOLIN BY REGION

        8. 4.3.6 Other Markets

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          1. Table | WORLD OTHER MARKETS FOR KAOLIN BY REGION

      4. 4.4 Production by Region

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        1. Table | WORLD KAOLIN SHIPMENTS BY REGION

        2. CHART III-3 WORLD KAOLIN SHIPMENTS BY LEADING PRODUCER, 2005-2025

      5. 4.5 International Trade

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        1. Table | WORLD KAOLIN NET EXPORTS BY REGION

    5. 5 NORTH AMERICA

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      1. 5.1 North America: Economic Overview

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      2. 5.2 North America: Supply & Demand

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        1. Table | NORTH AMERICA: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. CHART IV-1 NORTH AMERICA: KAOLIN DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2015

      3. 5.3 North America: Demand by Market

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        1. Table | NORTH AMERICA: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      4. 5.4 United States

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        1. 5.4.1 United States: Economic Overview

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        2. 5.4.2 United States: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | UNITED STATES: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART IV-2 UNITED STATES: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 5.4.3 United States: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | UNITED STATES: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      5. 5.5 Canada

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        1. 5.5.1 Canada: Economic Overview

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        2. 5.5.2 Canada: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | CANADA: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART IV-3 CANADA: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 5.5.3 Canada: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | CANADA: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      6. 5.6 Mexico

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        1. 5.6.1 Mexico: Economic Overview

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        2. 5.6.2 Mexico: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | MEXICO: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART IV-4 MEXICO: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 5.6.3 Mexico: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | MEXICO: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

    6. 6 WESTERN EUROPE

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      1. 6.1 Western Europe: Economic Overview

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      2. 6.2 Western Europe: Supply & Demand

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        1. Table | WESTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. CHART V-1 WESTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2015

      3. 6.3 Western Europe: Demand by Market

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        1. Table | WESTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      4. 6.4 Germany

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        1. 6.4.1 Germany: Economic Overview

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        2. 6.4.2 Germany: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | GERMANY: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART V-2 GERMANY: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 6.4.3 Germany: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | GERMANY: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      5. 6.5 Italy

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        1. 6.5.1 Italy: Economic Overview

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        2. 6.5.2 Italy: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | ITALY: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART V-3 ITALY: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 6.5.3 Italy: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | ITALY: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      6. 6.6 Finland

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        1. 6.6.1 Finland: Economic Overview

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        2. 6.6.2 Finland: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | FINLAND: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART V-4 FINLAND: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 6.6.3 Finland: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | FINLAND: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      7. 6.7 France

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        1. 6.7.1 France: Economic Overview

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        2. 6.7.2 France: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | FRANCE: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART V-5 FRANCE: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 6.7.3 France: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | FRANCE: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      8. 6.8 Spain

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        1. 6.8.1 Spain: Economic Overview

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        2. 6.8.2 Spain: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | SPAIN: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART V-6 SPAIN: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 6.8.3 Spain: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | SPAIN: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      9. 6.9 Sweden

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        1. 6.9.1 Sweden: Economic Overview

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        2. 6.9.2 Sweden: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | SWEDEN: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART V-7 SWEDEN: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 6.9.3 Sweden: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | SWEDEN: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      10. 6.10 United Kingdom

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        1. 6.10.1 United Kingdom: Economic Overview

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        2. 6.10.2 United Kingdom: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | UNITED KINGDOM: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART V-8 UNITED KINGDOM: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 6.10.3 United Kingdom: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | UNITED KINGDOM: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      11. 6.11 Other Western Europe

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        1. 6.11.1 Other Western Europe: Economic Overview

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        2. 6.11.2 Other Western Europe: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART V-9 OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 6.11.3 Other Western Europe: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

    7. 7 ASIA/PACIFIC

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      1. 7.1 Asia/Pacific: Economic Overview

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      2. 7.2 Asia/Pacific: Supply & Demand

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        1. Table | ASIA/PACIFIC: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. CHART VI-1 ASIA/PACIFIC: KAOLIN DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2015

      3. 7.3 Asia/Pacific: Demand by Market

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        1. Table | ASIA/PACIFIC: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      4. 7.4 China

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        1. 7.4.1 China: Economic Overview

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        2. 7.4.2 China: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | CHINA: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VI-2 CHINA: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 7.4.3 China: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | CHINA: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      5. 7.5 Japan

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        1. 7.5.1 Japan: Economic Overview

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        2. 7.5.2 Japan: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | JAPAN: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VI-3 JAPAN: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 7.5.3 Japan: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | JAPAN: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      6. 7.6 India

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        1. 7.6.1 India: Economic Overview

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        2. 7.6.2 India: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | INDIA: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VI-4 INDIA: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 7.6.3 India: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | INDIA: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      7. 7.7 South Korea

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        1. 7.7.1 South Korea: Economic Overview

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        2. 7.7.2 South Korea: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | SOUTH KOREA: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VI-5 SOUTH KOREA: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 7.7.3 South Korea: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | SOUTH KOREA: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      8. 7.8 Taiwan

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        1. 7.8.1 Taiwan: Economic Overview

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        2. 7.8.2 Taiwan: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | TAIWAN: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VI-6 TAIWAN: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 7.8.3 Taiwan: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | TAIWAN: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      9. 7.9 Malaysia

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        1. 7.9.1 Malaysia: Economic Overview

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        2. 7.9.2 Malaysia: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | MALAYSIA: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VI-7 MALAYSIA: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 7.9.3 Malaysia: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | MALAYSIA: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      10. 7.10 Thailand

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        1. 7.10.1 Thailand: Economic Overview

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        2. 7.10.2 Thailand: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | THAILAND: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VI-8 THAILAND: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 7.10.3 Thailand: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | THAILAND: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      11. 7.11 Other Asia/Pacific

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        1. 7.11.1 Other Asia/Pacific: Economic Overview

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        2. 7.11.2 Other Asia/Pacific: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VI-9 OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

        3. 7.11.3 Other Asia/Pacific: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

    8. 8 OTHER REGIONS

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      1. 8.1 Central & South America

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        1. 8.1.1 Central & South America: Economic Overview

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        2. 8.1.2 Central & South America: Supply & Demand

          $148.00

          1. Table | CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

        3. 8.1.3 Central & South America: Demand by Market

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          1. Table | CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

        4. 8.1.4 Brazil

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          1. Table | BRAZIL: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VII-1 BRAZIL: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

          3. Table | BRAZIL: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

        5. 8.1.5 Other Central & South America

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          1. Table | OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VII-2 OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

          3. Table | OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      2. 8.2 Eastern Europe

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        1. 8.2.1 Eastern Europe: Economic Overview

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        2. 8.2.2 Eastern Europe: Supply & Demand

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          1. Table | EASTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

        3. 8.2.3 Eastern Europe: Demand by Market

          $147.00

          1. Table | EASTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

        4. 8.2.4 Russia

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          1. Table | RUSSIA: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VII-3 RUSSIA: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

          3. Table | RUSSIA: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

        5. 8.2.5 Czech Republic

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          1. Table | CZECH REPUBLIC: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VII-4 CZECH REPUBLIC: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

          3. Table | CZECH REPUBLIC: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

        6. 8.2.6 Other Eastern Europe

          $471.00

          1. Table | OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VII-5 OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

          3. Table | OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

      3. 8.3 Africa/Mideast

        $1,649.00

        1. 8.3.1 Africa/Mideast: Economic Overview

          $243.00

        2. 8.3.2 Africa/Mideast: Supply & Demand

          $171.00

          1. Table | AFRICA/MIDEAST: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

        3. 8.3.3 Africa/Mideast: Demand by Market

          $175.00

          1. Table | AFRICA/MIDEAST: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

        4. 8.3.4 Turkey

          $469.00

          1. Table | TURKEY: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VII-6 TURKEY: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

          3. Table | TURKEY: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

        5. 8.3.5 Other Africa/Mideast

          $589.00

          1. Table | OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: KAOLIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

          2. CHART VII-7 OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: KAOLIN DEMAND, 2005-2015

          3. Table | OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: KAOLIN DEMAND BY MARKET

    9. 9 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

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      1. 9.1 General

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      2. 9.2 Industry Composition & Market Share

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        1. Table | WORLD KAOLIN SALES BY COMPANY, 2015

        2. CHART VIII-1 WORLD KAOLIN MARKET SHARE, 2015

      3. 9.3 Mining & Manufacturing

        $300.00

      4. 9.4 Kaolin Reserves

        $254.00

      5. 9.5 Distribution

        $172.00

      6. 9.6 Marketing

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      7. 9.7 Mergers, Acquisitions, &Industry Restructuring

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        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      8. 9.8 Cooperative Agreements

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        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      9. 9.9 Participating Companies

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