Global Kyanite Market: Introduction
Kyanite is also known as disthene, rhaeticite, or cyanite. Kyanite is a blue- or cyan-colored alumino-silicate mineral, which is commonly found in aluminum-rich metamorphic pegmatites or sedimentary rocks. Kyanite in metamorphic rocks usually indicates pressures higher than four kilo bars. Kyanite is commonly found in quartz. It is potentially stable at low pressure and low temperature. Kyanite can be replaced by hydrous alumino-silicates such as muscovite, pyrophyllite, or kaolinite. Kyanite is a member of the aluminosilicate series, which also includes polymorph alusite and polymorph sillimanite. Kyanite is strongly anisotropic. Its hardness varies depending on its crystallographic direction. This anisotropism can be considered an identifying characteristic of kyanite. At temperatures above 1,150°C, kyanite decomposes into mullite and vitreous silica. Kyanite is employed as a semiprecious gemstone, which may display cat's eye effect or chatoyancy. However, this use is limited due to its anisotropism and perfect cleavage. Orange-colored kyanite has recently been discovered in Tanzania. The orange color is due to presence of small amounts of manganese [Mn3+] in the structure. Kyanite is one of the index minerals that are used to estimate the temperature, depth, and pressure at which a rock undergoes metamorphism.
Global Kyanite Market: Segmentation
The global kyanite market can be segmented based on type, application, and region. In terms of type, the market can be classified into blue kyanite and cyan kyanite. The blue kyanite segment is projected to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Blue kyanite is employed in refractory and ceramic products including porcelain plumbing and dishware. This is a major factor likely to drive the demand for kyanite during the forecast period.
In terms of application, the kyanite market can be classified into electronics, ceramics, casting, fireproofing, electric components, and refectory products. The electronics segment is projected to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Increasing digitization and automation is likely to drive the global electricals & electronics (E&E) industry in the near future. In this industry, kyanite is used as an abrasive in insulators and semiconductors. Increasing urbanization and industrialization is projected to augment the demand for ceramics and fireproofing products in the next few years. Kyanite is employed to manufacture these products. Thus, the demand for kyanite is estimated to increase during the forecast period.
Global Kyanite Market: Regional Outlook
In terms of region, the global kyanite market can be segmented into Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific is expected to continue to lead the global kyanite market during the forecast period. With increase in digitization, the demand for electronics in countries such as Taiwan and China is likely to increase in the near future. This is a key factor projected to drive the kyanite market in Asia Pacific during the forecast period. The kyanite market in South Africa is expected to expand at a sluggish pace compared to other countries in Middle East & Africa during the forecast period, due to undeveloped economy and lack of technological advancements in the country.
Global Kyanite Market: Key Players
The global kyanite market is fragmented. A large number of companies operate at the global and regional levels. Major companies include Kyanite Mining Corporation, Anand Talc, Alroko, Great Wall Mineral, Henan Tongbaishan, Henan Xinxiang Chemical, GDFCL, Tianjin Summit Chemical, Shandong Yanggu, Jiangbei Chemical, Taiqian County Hengda Chemical, Weifang Navi Trading, YSLJS Ltd., and Xingtai Xingguo. Most companies are planning to invest in R&D activities to develop innovative products and gain traction among consumers.
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