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, concrete and agriculture among many others.
Kaolins enhance specialty paper products including thermal paper, carbonless paper, label grades and ink jet paper.
Calcined Kaolin for Paper
BASF's calcined kaolin supports papermakers in their thermal, packaging and graphical applications.
Kaolin is used in a variety of agricultural applications including seed coatings and pesticide formulations.
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.