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.
Printing and Writing Paper
Kaolin helps improve paper performance by imparting gloss, enhancing opacity, and improving printability.
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.
Kaolins enhance specialty paper products including thermal paper, carbonless paper, label grades and ink jet paper.
Paint and Coatings
Consistency, performance and costs are the driving forces behind which kaolin's contributions to coatings.
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.
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.
MetaMax is a highly reactive metakaolin product that exhibits pozzolanic properties, which leads to the increased strength in concrete and cement-based products.