Kaolin has a range of industrial applications, which are grouped in three main market areas; paper,ceramics and performance minerals. Demand is dominated by the paper industry, which accounts for about 70% of total sales. Japan is outstandingly important in use of high value kaolins, and around 85% of this is used in the papermaking industry in Japan. Fibreglass manufacturing in Taiwan has been also a very important consumer of imported kaolin, and it is only now that this is being stemmed, mainly by re-location of several major fibreglass producers to China.
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