U.S. - Bentonite - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights
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.
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 ton, 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 ton 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 ton), while the average price for exports to Canada ($131 per ton) 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 tons, 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 tons 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 tons) 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 tons), threefold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by China (3.8K tons), 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.
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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