Bleaching Clay Market - Snapshot

Bleaching clay is widely utilized in the edible oil refinement since the 19th century. As bleaching clay is extensively utilized in the refinement and processing of edible oils, the developments in the production of oilseed crop is likely to exert a positive influence on the global bleaching clay market.

Bleaching clay refers to a clay adsorbent that is blended with oil under certain conditions so as to decolorize and refine the oil through removal of contaminants and coloring bodies.

Promotion of Non-conventional Fuels Bolsters Demand in the Market

The bleaching clay is generally made of three types of clay, which are

  • Attapulgite
  • Bentonite
  • Sepiolite

Activated clay is made from bentonite clay that comes with very high quantity of montmorillonite. It is then chemically processed to augment its bleaching characteristics. Activated bleaching clay is utilized in the refinement and decolorization  of  vegetable and mineral oils, waxes, and animal fats, thanks to its property of high absorption. In accordance with the findings of United States Geological Survey (USGS), the production of bentonite worldwide was calculated at 16 million tons in the year 2015. China and the US account for the considerable chunk of the total production in the world.

The global initiatives for the promotion of non-conventional fuels coupled with increasing concerns for the environment is likely to increase the adoption and use of biodiesel across the globe. Biodiesel is expected to account for a sizeable chunk of the global bleaching clay market in the years to come. Bleaching clay is utilized in the refining procedure of biodiesel, as such the expansion of the biodiesel industry is likely to spell growth for the global bleaching clay market over the tenure of assessment.

In addition, various mineral oils such as lubricants and hydrocarbons are processed through treatment with bleaching clay. The mineral oil industry across the globe is estimated to witness rising demand owing to its rising applications in the manufacturing of various lubricants and grease, food preparation, thermic fluid, biomedicine, waxes, and cosmetics and health care products. All these factors are likely to encourage the growth of the global bleaching clay market in the years to come.

Bleaching Clay Market: Overview

Bleaching clay refers to a category of clay which has relatively high adsorption power for decolorizing and refining oils and fats. The primary source material for bleaching clay is montmorillonite which can also be referred as hydrated aluminium silicates, which imparts indispensable adsorption characteristics to bleaching clays. Since the early 19th century, natural bleaching clays have been used for the refining of edible oils and fats, however, the activation process further enhances its properties which includes its adsorptive, acid, catalytic and ion exchange capacities. Vegetable and Mineral oil contains a variegated range of impurities like carotenes, chlorophylls, coupled with other complex impurities such as soaps, oxidation products and metals. Activated bleaching clay can effectively remove these impurities, and imparts improved appearance and flavours to these oils. The global bleaching clay competitive landscape also includes companies which are indulged in mining activities to ensure complete control over supply chain. The rising demand for edible and mineral oil has led these companies to increase their capacity in recent years.

The global bleaching clay market is expected to expand in proportion to demand for edible and mineral oil, and is anticipated to expand with a decent CAGR over the forecast period.

Global Bleaching Clay Market: Drivers and Restraints

The prime factor driving demand for bleaching clay is the increasing demand for refined vegetable oil, as bleaching clay plays an integral role in its manufacturing process. Moreover, advancement in optimizing the yield of oilseeds is expected to drive more production of variegated oil seeds, thus translating into more demand for bleaching clay for its refining purposes. Apart from this, demand for fully refined oils with ffa content of less than 0.1% is driving further demand for highly activated bleaching clays. Bleaching clay often finds application in industrial sector particularly in the production of Industrial triglycerides, linseed oil, castor oil, biodiesel, fatty acids, etc., many of which are an integral part of manufacturing of paints, vanishes, soaps, etc.. Due to rising living standards across the globe, demand for these products are bound to increase, thus fuelling more revenues in the global bleaching clay market. Apart from this, rising consumption of mineral oil due to its wide adoption in cosmetics, lubricants and grease, is also expected to further boost consumption of bleaching clay for mineral oil refining and processing.

Global Bleaching Clay Market: Segmentation

On the basis of Product type,

  • Fullers Earth
  • Activated Clays
  • Activated Bauxite

On the basis of application area,

  • Vegetable Oil and Animal Fats
  • Mineral Oil and Waxes
  • Industrial Oil

On the basis of end use industry,

  • Nutrition (Food and Beverage)
  • Chemical Processing
  • Cosmetics
  • Others

Global Bleaching clay Market: Region Wise Outlook

The global bleaching clay market is segmented into the seven key regions: North America, Latin America, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ), Japan and Middle East and Africa (MEA). North America and Asia Pacific are anticipated to dominate the global bleaching clay market throughout the forecast period. This can be attributed to rising production of edible oil in major Asian countries such as China and India. Moreover, rising government incentives for production of biofuels and various agricultural benefits being offered in North America, the region is expected to maintain its dominance for the demand of bleaching clay over the next decade. Western Europe and Latin America are expected to be the next prime markets for the consumption of bleaching clay, amid increasing inclination towards low cholesterol oils, thus fuelling more demand for bleaching clay from the region. Along with, increasing production of oil seeds from prime Latin American countries is expected to drive the growth in the region at an even faster rate. Contrary, MEA and Japan is anticipated to account for a smaller market share in the global bleaching clay market.

Global Bleaching clay Market: Key Players

  • Taiko Group of Companies
  • Clariant International AG
  • Oil-Dri Corporation of America
  • BASF SE
  • Musim Mas Holdings, W Clay Industries
  • Ashapura Group of Companies
  • AMC (UK) Ltd.
  • Refoil Earth Pvt. Ltd.
  • HRP Industries
  • AMCOL Specialty Minerals

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