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U.S. average price of kaolin 2007-2019

This statistic represents the average price of kaolin between 2007 and 2019. The average kaolin price is estimated to reach 158 U.S. dollars per ton by 2019. The main kaolin deposits in the United States are found in central Georgia.

Kaolin – additional information

Kaolinite is a clay mineral that is soft and usually white in color, although it can also be found in red, orange, and yellow tints. Kaolin, also called china clay, are rocks rich in kaolinite. The name was derived from the Chinese word, Kao-Ling, which references the high ridge where this particular type of clay was first discovered. As of 2016, there were almost 431 million tons of proved kaolin reserves in the Guangxi region in China. It is one of the most commonly occurring minerals in the world and occurs in abundance in soils in hot and moist climates. The price of kaolin worldwide has remained fairly stable over the last few years ranging from 137 U.S. dollars per ton in 2010 to 158 U.S. dollars per ton in 2019. Some 11,500 metric tons of kaolin was produced in Austria in 2014. In that year, in In India, some 4.85 million metric tons of kaolin was produced.

This material is used in for several different purposes, primarily in the paper industry. It is often used as a paper coating to improve the appearance of paper materials through brightening, smoothing, and adding a glossy finish. It is also used to reduce the need for tree-based resources. The United States imported 260,000 metric tons of kaolin for consumption in 2019. Kaolin is also commonly used in china and porcelains due to its hardness and coloring. Commercially used Kaolin is often transported as a dry powder, semi-dry noodle, or liquid slurry.

Average price of kaolin in the U.S. from 2007 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

2007 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The figures for 2007 through 2014 are taken from a previous editions of the publication; the figure for 2019 is an estimate.

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