Kaolin Overview


The basics behind where kaolin comes from


On the surface, it looks unremarkable. A platy soft white clay mined and processed by BASF in Georgia, kaolin can hide just how versatile and vital it is to a diverse list of industries by appearance alone.


First discovered in China, kaolin has been used in the making of porcelain and fine china for centuries. Today, however, kaolin is an important and cost-effective pigment in many paper and paperboard, paints and coatings, plastics, wire and cable and in concrete among many others.


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What is Kaolin

Kaolin is derived from the mineral Kaolinite which comes from the Earth's crust. It is an aluminum silicate represented as Al2O3-2SiO2-2H2O.


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Kaolin Uses

Kaolin is a platy white clay that is chemically inert, nonabrasive and possesses a number of characteristics that make it desirable for many applications.


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Middle Georgia

In 1908, kaolin operations began in McIntyre, Georgia and have grown over the years to yield Kaolin's 4 plants and numerous mines.


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Global Operations

Kaolin is a global business and operates around the world.


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BASF Kaolin plant

EHS and quality

Kaolin division is dedicated to safe operations and taking care of the used and surrounding environment.


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About Kaolin

Kaolin offers a diverse range of technologies, manufacturing materials and finished products.


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About BASF Corporation

Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society.


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On-Demand Course: Improving Concrete Durability and Aesthetics with High Reactivity Metakaolin (HRM)

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