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. Kaolin was first found in China. The name comes from two Chinese characters that mean "high hill" (Kao-Ling).
- Kaolin was formed in the Earth's crust by hydrothermal weathering of feldspar 80 to 100 million years ago.
- BASF has high quality secondary kaolin reserves in Middle Georgia that contain high proportions of kaolin and have inherent qualities important for our end applications.
- Our reserves are carefully managed to optimally utilize our crudes and manufacture the highest quality finished products.
- The chemical make up of kaolin can be seen in the image below.