With a market share of about 38%, the most commonly used filler on the European market is ground calcium carbonate (GCC). In 2018, about 22% of total European demand for GCC were utilized in Germany. The largest consumer of GCC is the segment plastics, which is likely to increase its demand for fillers even further. The segment paper ranked second, followed by the segment adhesives and sealants. Until 2026, Ceresana forecasts an annual increase of GCC at rates of 1.3%. The second largest fillers market is Kaolin with a total European demand of about 2.9 million tonnes. Germany is again the major consumer. The most important application area is the paper industry: Kaolin makes paper more opaque, whiter, and increases the bulk density. The filler also gives the paper a smoother surface as it fills the cavities between the fibers.
Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) is the third largest sales market. PCC has many properties that are similar to natural GCC, but offers, for example, a lower abrasive effect and a higher chemical purity. Various parameters of PCC can be adjusted to exact applications. PCC is mostly used for paper production, followed by paints and coatings. Positive Forecasts Market researchers at Ceresana expect a positive development for the European fillers market for the upcoming years. Until 2026, demand for fillers should increase by about 1.1% per year. Germany will presumably remain the most important sales market and the elastomer industry the most important application area for fillers in Europe. The Study in Brief: Chapter 1 provides a description and analysis of the European market for fillers – including forecasts up to 2026. For 22 European countries, demand in tonnes and revenues in euros are given. Furthermore, the European and country-specific demand per product type and application area is analyzed. The following filler types are examined in detail: Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC), Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC), Carbon Black, Kaolin, Talc and other fillers. The analyzed application areas are: paper, plastics, paints and coatings, elastomers adhesives and sealants. Chapter 2 analyzes the 22 most important countries and their filler revenues and demand. Demand is split by individual applications and product types; the demand of the particular product type split by applications is analyzed. Additionally, all important manufacturers of fillers are listed according to countries. Chapter 3 provides useful profiles of the largest manufacturers of fillers, clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, profile summary, and product types. In-depth profiles of 56 producers are given. Further information: www.ceresana.com/en/market-studies/chemicals/fillers-europe/
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