You might be surprised at all the places kaolin ends up
It's virtually impossible to look around and not see an example of kaolin in use. It's found in papermaking, where it is used in the coating process to enhance gloss and opacity as well as improve printability. It can also be used as a cost effective filler for many paper applications. In inks, paints and coatings, kaolin is used as a cost-effective pigment that provides functionality and also extends costly titanium dioxide. In cables, rubber and plastic, kaolin adds strength and durability to the final product while improving its looks. And in the construction industry, kaolin can improve the appearance of various types of concrete while increasing strength.
Wire and Cable
Using calcined kaolin, BASF has helped improve electrical and physical performance — even at high stress with elevated moisture and temperature levels.
Plastics and Rubber
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.
Paint and Coatings
Consistency, performance and costs are the driving forces behind which industrial coatings to invest in.
Kaolin is used in a variety of agricultural applications including seed coatings and pesticide formulations.
Kaolin provides thermal papermakers with insulation and wax absorption while also preventing head deposits.
Calcined Kaolin for Paper
BASF's calcined kaolin supports papermakers in their thermal, packaging and graphical applications.