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.



BASF's Ansilex calcined kaolin improves insulation, runnability and smoothness in thermal paper

Thermal Paper

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


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BASF calcined kaolins provide papermakers with smoother surfaces, and increased opacity

Calcined Kaolin for Paper

BASF's calcined kaolin supports papermakers in their thermal, packaging and graphical applications.


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Bags of BASF Kaolin stacked in warehouse


Kaolin is used in a variety of agricultural applications including seed coatings and pesticide formulations.


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BASF Kaolin bags in warehouse

Paint and Coatings

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


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BASF Calcined and surface treated kaolins improve electrical performance

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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BASF Kaolin provides superior toughness and improved processing efficiency in plastic and rubber applications.

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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BASF Kaolin's metakaolin provides concrete with strength, durability and resitance to chemical attack.


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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BASF Kaolin's MetaMax provides concrete with strength, durability and resitance to chemical attack.

American Institute of Architecture (AIA) CEU Course

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

Sponsored by BASF Kaolin


Credit: 1 AIA LU


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