World - Talc And Steatite - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights
Update: COVID-19 Impact
Plastic Industry to Keep Afloat the Talc and Steatite Market Stroked by the PandemicThe global talc and steatite market was hit severely by the pandemic, with the trade volume dropping twofold in May 2020 and failing to recover. The decreases in the printing and cosmetics industries challenge the talk market, partially offset by rising demand from the plastics industry. China appears to be less seriously hit by the pandemic than the rest of the world, which points out the Chinese downstream industries to buoy the global talc market's expected slight growth.
According to a new report published by IndexBox, the talc and steatite market totals approx. $3.3B worldwide. This product is widely used as fillers in plastic, cosmetics, ceramics, paper, and latex manufacturing. During the pandemic, talc and steatite consumption plummeted almost in all end-user industries except pharmaceuticals and plastics. The significant drop in printing paper and cosmetic production dealt a blow to the talc and steatite market.
Support for the global talc and steatite demand in 2020 came from the expanding plastics industry, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Assuming this factor could partially offset the drop in the paper industry, the talc market is expected to continue an upward consumption trend over the next decade, expanding with an anticipated CAGR of +0.1% to near 8.1M tonnes through to 2030.
Rising Demand from China to Buoy the Global Talc and Steatite Market
China consumes the highest volumes of talc and steatite (near 1.2M tonnes), with most of this produced domestically. In 2019, China manufactured 1.8M tonnes, 669K tonnes of which were exported.
China features the largest plastic and paper-consuming countries, backed up by rapid urbanization and relatively fast recovery from the pandemic-related lockdown. The World Bank estimates China to overcome 2020 with a GDP growth of near 2%, which is significantly higher than the global GDP fall of -4.3%.
In terms of talc consumption, China was followed by India (702K tonnes) and Brazil (655K tonnes), with a combined 32% share of the global market. Japan, the U.S., Turkey, South Korea, Germany, Canada, Thailand, France, Russia, and Spain lagged, together comprising a further 43%. From 2012 to 2019, the biggest increases were in Turkey, while talc and steatite consumption for the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth. (IndexBox estimates).
In value terms, the largest talc and steatite markets worldwide were Japan ($752M), China ($381M), and Brazil ($317M), together accounting for 44% of the global market.
The countries with the highest levels of talc and steatite per capita consumption were South Korea (9.58 kg per person), Turkey (6.07 kg per person), and Canada (5.77 kg per person).
Germany, the U.S., and Japan Remain the Largest Markets for Talc Suppliers
In 2019, talc and steatite's overseas purchases amounted to 3M tonnes, which equated to $966M. Germany (289K tonnes), Japan (272K tonnes), the U.S. (262K tonnes), the Netherlands (219K tonnes), South Korea (189K tonnes), Belgium (149K tonnes), Thailand (147K tonnes), Spain (132K tonnes), Italy (129K tonnes), Indonesia (106K tonnes), China (101K tonnes) and Austria (95K tonnes) represented roughly 69% of total imports of talc and steatite in 2019. Mexico (93K tonnes) held a minor share of total imports. (IndexBox estimates)
From 2012 to 2019, the most notable growth rate in terms of purchases amongst the key importing countries was attained by China, while imports for the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
In value terms, the largest talc and steatite importing markets worldwide were Germany ($115M), the U.S. ($100M), and Japan ($96M), together comprising 32% of global imports. These countries were followed by the Netherlands, Italy, Thailand, China, Spain, South Korea, Belgium, Mexico, Austria, and Indonesia, which accounted for a further 39%.
China saw the highest growth rate of imports among the main importing countries over the period under review, while purchases for the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
Source: IndexBox Platform
This report provides an in-depth analysis of the global talc and steatite market. 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 2025.
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