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Article Publishing Date: Jun 19, 2022

Downward Pressure on U.S. Betonite Market Prices

IndexBox has just published a new report: 'U.S. - Bentonite - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights'. Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

What is betonite?

Bentonite is an absorbent clay that is used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications. The most common use for betonite is as a drilling mud in the oil and gas industry. Betonite can also be used as a foundry sand, as a binding agent in ceramic production, or as a sealant in landfill construction.

Market overview

The U.S. betonite market is currently under downward pressure, with prices falling in recent months. This is largely due to increased competition from overseas suppliers, as well as weak demand from key end-use industries such as drilling and foundry operations.

As a result of these factors, betonite producers in the United States have been forced to lower their prices in order to stay competitive. This has put downward pressure on the overall market, and it is expected that prices will continue to fall in the near term.

Despite the challenges facing the U.S. betonite market, there are still some positive factors to consider. For instance, the recent surge in oil and gas exploration activity in North America has created new demand for betonite-based drilling muds and other products.

In addition, there are several large betonite deposits located in the United States that could be developed into new mines or quarries. This could provide a boost to the domestic industry, helping to offset some of the losses caused by imports and weak demand.

U.S. Bentonite Export Prices

In Apr 2022, the average bentonite export price amounted to $226 per tonne, declining by -8.3% against the previous month. Overall, the export price saw a noticeable shrinkage. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in Jan 2022 an increase of 17% month-to-month. Over the period under review, the average export prices attained the maximum at $260 per tonne in Apr 2021, and then declined in the following month.

Prices varied noticeably by the country of destination: the country with the highest price was Taiwan (Chinese) ($561 per tonne), while the average price for exports to Canada ($131 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From Jan 2021 to Apr 2022, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was recorded for supplies to Taiwan (Chinese) (+37.9%), while the prices for the other major destinations experienced more modest paces of growth.

Exports from the U.S.

In Apr 2022, bentonite exports from the United States dropped to 70K tonnes, falling by -14.1% against the previous month. In general, total exports indicated a strong increase from Jan 2021 to Apr 2022: its volume increased at an average monthly rate of +8.3% over the last fifteen months. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on Apr 2022 figures, exports increased by +46.1% against Feb 2022 indices. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in Mar 2022 when exports increased by 70% month-to-month. Over the period under review, the exports hit record highs at 98K tonnes in Nov 2021; however, from Dec 2021 to Apr 2022, the exports failed to regain momentum.

In value terms, bentonite exports declined significantly to $16M (IndexBox estimates) in Apr 2022. The total export value increased at an average monthly rate of +4.9% over the period from Jan 2021 to Apr 2022; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded in certain months. The growth pace was the most rapid in Mar 2022 when exports increased by 84% against the previous month. As a result, the exports reached the peak of $20M. From Apr 2022 to Apr 2022, the growth of the exports failed to regain momentum.

Exports by Country

Canada (39K tonnes) was the main destination for bentonite exports from the United States, with a 55% share of total exports. Moreover, bentonite exports to Canada exceeded the volume sent to the second major destination, Japan (13K tonnes), threefold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by China (3.8K tonnes), with a 5.4% share.

From Jan 2021 to Apr 2022, the average monthly rate of growth in terms of volume to Canada stood at +20.1%. Exports to the other major destinations recorded the following average monthly rates of exports growth: Japan (-0.1% per month) and China (-26.0% per month).

In value terms, the largest markets for bentonite exported from the United States were Canada ($5.1M), Japan ($3M) and China ($1.4M), with a combined 59% share of total exports. Mexico, South Korea and Taiwan (Chinese) lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 13%.

Among the main countries of destination, South Korea, with a CAGR of +53.8%, recorded the highest growth rate of the value of exports, over the period under review, while shipments for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox Platform

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the bentonite market in the U.S.. Within it, you will discover the latest data on market trends and opportunities by country, consumption, production and price developments, as well as the global trade (imports and exports). The forecast exhibits the market prospects through 2030.


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1. INTRODUCTION

Making Data-Driven Decisions to Grow Your Business

1.1
REPORT DESCRIPTION
1.2
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND AI PLATFORM
1.3
DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
1.4
GLOSSARY AND SPECIFIC TERMS
2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A Quick Overview of Market Performance

3. MARKET OVERVIEW

Understanding the Current State of The Market and Its Prospects

3.1
MARKET SIZE
3.2
MARKET STRUCTURE
3.3
TRADE BALANCE
3.4
PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION
3.5
MARKET FORECAST TO 2030
4. MOST PROMISING PRODUCTS

Finding New Products to Diversify Your Business

4.1
TOP PRODUCTS TO DIVERSIFY YOUR BUSINESS
4.2
BEST-SELLING PRODUCTS
4.3
MOST CONSUMED PRODUCT
4.4
MOST TRADED PRODUCT
4.5
MOST PROFITABLE PRODUCT FOR EXPORT
5. MOST PROMISING SUPPLYING COUNTRIES

Choosing the Best Countries to Establish Your Sustainable Supply Chain

5.1
TOP COUNTRIES TO SOURCE YOUR PRODUCT
5.2
TOP PRODUCING COUNTRIES
5.3
TOP EXPORTING COUNTRIES
5.4
LOW-COST EXPORTING COUNTRIES
6. MOST PROMISING OVERSEAS MARKETS

Choosing the Best Countries to Boost Your Exports

6.1
TOP OVERSEAS MARKETS FOR EXPORTING YOUR PRODUCT
6.2
TOP CONSUMING MARKETS
6.3
UNSATURATED MARKETS
6.4
TOP IMPORTING MARKETS
6.5
MOST PROFITABLE MARKETS
7. PRODUCTION

The Latest Trends and Insights into The Industry

7.1
PRODUCTION VOLUME AND VALUE
8. IMPORTS

The Largest Import Supplying Countries

8.1
IMPORTS FROM 2012–2021
8.2
IMPORTS BY COUNTRY
8.3
IMPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
9. EXPORTS

The Largest Destinations for Exports

9.1
EXPORTS FROM 2012–2021
9.2
EXPORTS BY COUNTRY
9.3
EXPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
10. PROFILES OF MAJOR PRODUCERS

The Largest Producers on The Market and Their Profiles

LIST OF TABLES
Table 1:
Key Findings In 2021
Table 2:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2012–2021
Table 3:
Market Value, 2012–2021
Table 4:
Per Capita Consumption In 2007-2021
Table 5:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2012–2021
Table 6:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2012–2021
Table 7:
Import Prices, By Country Of Origin, 2012–2021
Table 8:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2012–2021
Table 9:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2012–2021
Table 10:
Export Prices, By Country Of Destination, 2012–2021
LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2012–2021
Figure 2:
Market Value, 2012–2021
Figure 3:
Market Structure – Domestic Supply vs. Imports, In Physical Terms, 2007-2021
Figure 4:
Market Structure – Domestic Supply vs. Imports, In Value Terms, 2007-2021
Figure 5:
Trade Balance, In Physical Terms, 2007-2021
Figure 6:
Trade Balance, In Value Terms, 2007-2021
Figure 7:
Per Capita Consumption, 2007-2021
Figure 8:
Market Forecast To 2030
Figure 9:
Products: Market Size And Growth, By Type
Figure 10:
Products: Average Per Capita Consumption, By Type
Figure 11:
Products: Exports And Growth, By Type
Figure 12:
Products: Export Prices And Growth, By Type
Figure 13:
Production Volume And Growth
Figure 14:
Exports And Growth
Figure 15:
Export Prices And Growth
Figure 16:
Market Size And Growth
Figure 17:
Per Capita Consumption
Figure 18:
Imports And Growth
Figure 19:
Import Prices
Figure 20:
Production, In Physical Terms, 2012–2021
Figure 21:
Production, In Value Terms, 2012–2021
Figure 22:
Imports, In Physical Terms, 2012–2021
Figure 23:
Imports, In Value Terms, 2012–2021
Figure 24:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2021
Figure 25:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2012–2021
Figure 26:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2012–2021
Figure 27:
Import Prices, By Country Of Origin, 2012–2021
Figure 28:
Exports, In Physical Terms, 2012–2021
Figure 29:
Exports, In Value Terms, 2012–2021
Figure 30:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2021
Figure 31:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2012–2021
Figure 32:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2012–2021
Figure 33:
Export Prices, By Country Of Destination, 2012–2021
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