Uses

 

Kaolin is a platy white clay that is chemically inert, nonabrasive and possesses a number of characteristics that make it desirable for use in a range of industries, including paper and paperboard, paints and coatings, plastics, wire and cable and in concrete among many others.

 

 

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Printing and Writing Paper

Kaolin helps improve paper performance by imparting gloss, enhancing opacity, and improving printability.

 

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Packaging

Packaging and Board

BASF offers a complete line of calcined and hydrous kaolin clays to meet the most stringent needs of the coated board industry.

 

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Specialty

Specialty Paper

Kaolins enhance specialty paper products including thermal paper, carbonless paper, label grades and ink jet paper.

 

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Coatings

Paint and Coatings

Consistency, performance and costs are the driving forces behind which kaolin's contributions to coatings.

 

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Wire and Cable

Using calcined and surface treated kaolin, BASF has helped improve electrical and physical performance even at high stress with elevated moisture and temperature levels.

 

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Rubber and Plastics

The bonds between the kaolin and the polymers provide enhanced mechanical strength, improved impact and flex strength, and a high degree of hydrophobicity.

 

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Construction

MetaMax is a highly reactive metakaolin product that exhibits pozzolanic properties, which leads to the increased strength in concrete and cement-based products.

 

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