Ball clay has high plastic nature and has a higher binding power than kaolin. Furthermore, the tensile strength and shrinkage is better than other clays used for various pottery and ceramic application.This research report analyzes this market on the basis of its market segments, major geographies, and current market trends.
Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/15/2017 -- Global Ball Clay Market: Overview
The demand for ball clay is rising in response to its increasing use in pottery and ceramic application, Ball clay constitute three dominant materials, quartz, kaolin, and mica. Additionally, a few carbonaceous material, which are derived from ancient plants, and other accessory materials are also present in ball clay. Physical properties present in ball clay aid in their increasing application across various industries.
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The report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) presents an in-depth analysis of the various factors driving the global ball clay market. It analyzes the growth drivers and lists the various limitations hindering the market's trajectory. For an in-depth analysis, the effect of Porter's five forces is gauged as well. The report segments the market based on various parameters to identify the sectors raking highest profits for the global ball clay market.
Global Ball Clay Market: Opportunities and Key Applications
Ball clay exhibits a higher plastic nature and binding power than kaolin, which is a chief driver of the global ball clay market. Furthermore, the demand for ball clay is expected to increase as it has better tensile strength and shrinkage than other clays. This is the key reason behind its increase use in ceramic and pottery applications. It is important to note here that ball clay can be used only after missing it with non-plastic clay. It is only then that it provides the desired plasticity in porcelain, pottery, and refractory materials. Additionally, ball clay also helps in the preparation of enamels and glaze. Considering its diverse applications, ball clay is also used for impacting a dense vitrified body.
Ball clay therefore finds extensive application in tableware, sanitary-ware, glaze and engobes, floor and wall tiles, construction ceramics, electrical porcelain insulators, and in refractory purposes. As the use of ball clay increases in agriculture, amenity, and construction industry, the market for the same will exhibit strong growth. Moreover, with the use of ball clay as extenders and fillers increasing in sealants, adhesives, polymers, fertilizers, plastics, and insecticides the opportunities for the market seem quite lucrative in the coming years.
Global Ball Clay Market: Regional Outlook
Regionally, Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World constitute the key market segments. The report gauges the growth drivers and restraints impacting the market's trajectory across these regional segments and also identifies the opportunities prevalent therein. As per TMR, the increasing industrial applications of ball clay for instance in the tile manufacturing industry holds immense opportunities for its market.
In addition, the increasing demand in the Middle East and Asia Pacific will also propel its growth in the near future. In South America, the production of ball clay has persistently risen in the past few years and the trend is likely to continue over the course of the forecast period. The report also foretells the opportunities for the ball clay market to rise significantly in countries such as Thailand, China, Vietnam, and Malaysia among others,
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Global Ball Clay Market: Competitive Landscape
Some of the most prominent companies operating in the global ball clay market are G&W Mineral Resources, Imerys Minerals Ltd, WBB Minerals Ltd., and Ashapura Minichem Ltd. The report uses SWOT analysis on these companies to study their strengths and weaknesses. The analysis also provides insights into the threats and opportunities that these companies could face over the course of the forecast period. The impact of policies adopted by the companies profiled on the overall market is also studied at length in the report, which thus compiled ample information to help stakeholders gain an in-depth overview of the global ball clay market.