High-performance minerals: Ceresana publishes new report on fillers

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Without stones, there’s no energy transition: mineral fillers help make cars lighter, bioplastics more durable, and wind turbines and solar plants more weatherproof. Insoluble additives make many materials, especially engineering plastics, cheaper and suitable for a use in demanding applications. Ceresana has analyzed the filler industry for the sixth time already: Demand for natural calcium carbonate (GCC), precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), kaolin, talc, wollastonite, mica, carbon black and other fillers is expected to reach a volume of more than 80 million tonnes by 2030.

Functional fillers for plastics

High-performance fillers can specifically change material properties, such as improving strength and stiffness, but also, for example, make packaging films easier to remove, increase the thermal conductivity of adhesives, regulate the temperature of acrylic glass sheets or store light in colors and release it again in the dark. A filler trend: highly-filled compounds with tailor-made properties are increasingly being produced for specific customers. The most important sales market for fillers is plastics. This area currently accounts for around 28% of global consumption. Ceresana expects steady growth in demand of 3.1% per year for elastomers, which comes in as the second-largest application area due to vehicle tires. Despite digitalization, the paper industry also remains a major customer: fillers make paper opaque, white and smooth.

Calcium carbonate for the global market

Lime dominates the global filler market: Natural calcium carbonate (GCC) is the most commonly used filler with a market share of around 35%. Ceresana expects an annual growth rate of 2.3% for GCC until 2030. The plastics industry is the largest consumer of GCC by far, followed by paints, coatings and paper. Another top-selling filler is precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), which has many properties identical to GCC. PCC is most commonly used in the production of paper, followed by its use in paints and coatings. Carbon black (industrial carbon black) is the second most widely used filler, with global demand at 11.4 million tonnes, behind GCC and before PCC. The most important customer for carbon black is the rubber industry, which uses carbon black as a reinforcing filler that significantly increases the abrasion resistance of tire rubber, for example.

Carbon Black for China

There are clear regional differences in the sales markets for fillers: While in Western Europe, the paper industry accounts for 31% of total filler consumption, in Asia, it is only 18%. Conversely, manufacturers of elastomer products in Asia achieve a filler market share of around 31% – in Western Europe, it is only 18%. In this new market study, Ceresana examines the regional and country-specific characteristics of the demand for fillers for different application areas in detail.

Current analysis of the filler industry

Chapter 1 of Ceresana’s new market report provides a description and analysis of the global filler market – including forecasts up to 2030: demand and revenues of fillers are outlined for each region of the world. These product types are examined in detail: Natural calcium carbonate (GCC), Precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), Carbon black, Kaolin, Talc and other fillers. Furthermore following application areas are analyzed: plastics, elastomers, paper, paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants. Chapter 2 analyzes revenues and demand of fillers for the 16 largest national markets. Demand is broken down into individual applications and product types; the demand of the specific product types is also examined per application area. Chapter 3 provides useful company profiles of the most important filler manufacturers, arranged according to contact details, financial data, product range, production sites, brief profile and product types. Detailed profiles are provided by 113 manufacturers.

About Ceresana
As one of the world’s leading market research institutes, Ceresana specializes in the chemicals, plastics, packaging and industrial goods sectors, with a focus on automotive / mobility. Since 2002, companies have benefited from high-quality industry analyses and forecasts. Over 200 market studies provide more than 10,000 clients around the world with the knowledge base for sustainable success.