Calcium Carbonate Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Calcium Carbonate Market is Segmented by Type (Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC) and Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC)), Application (Raw Substance for Construction Material, Dietary Supplement, Additive for Thermoplastics, Filler and Pigment, Component of Adhesives, Desulphurization of Fuel Gas, Neutralizing Agent in Soil, and Other Applications), End-user Industry (Paper, Plastic, Adhesive and Sealants, Construction, Paint and Coatings, Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Agriculture, Rubber, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments in volume (kilotons).

Calcium Carbonate Market Size

Calcium Carbonate Market Summary
Study Period: 2017-2027
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: > 3 %

Major Players

Calcium Carbonate Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Calcium Carbonate Market Analysis

The global calcium carbonate market is expected to reach over 154,750 kilotons by the end of the current year, and it is projected to register a CAGR of over 3% during the forecast period.

The outbreak of COVID-19 and resultant lockdowns and social distancing norms led to the complete shutdown of various industries in the automotive, construction, and other manufacturing segments. However, the market is currently estimated to have reached pre-pandemic levels.

  • Over the medium term, major factors driving the global calcium carbonate market are growing construction activities in the Asia-Pacific region and the replacement of kaolin with calcium carbonate in the paper industry.
  • Health hazards associated with calcium carbonate are expected to hinder the market's growth during the forecast period.
  • The emerging importance of green applications is expected to provide new opportunities for the market studied.
  • The Asia-Pacific region, which includes the major consumption countries, such as China, India, and Japan, dominates the global market.

Calcium Carbonate Industry Segmentation

Calcium carbonate is a naturally occurring substance found in rocks such as minerals aragonite and calcite. Calcium carbonate is insoluble in water and generally appears as an odorless white powder. 

The market is segmented by type, application, end-user industry, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into ground calcium carbonate and precipitated calcium carbonate. By application, the market is segmented into raw substances for construction materials, dietary supplements, additives for thermoplastics, filler and pigment, components of adhesives, desulphurization of fuel gas, neutralizing agents in soil, and other applications. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into paper, plastic, adhesive and sealants, construction, paint and coatings, pharmaceutical, automotive, agriculture, rubber, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the size and forecasts for the calcium carbonate market in 17 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (kilotons).

Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC)
Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC)
Raw Substance for Construction Material
Dietary Supplement
Additive for Thermoplastics
Filler and Pigment
Component of Adhesives
Desulfurization of Fuel Gas
Neutralizing Agent in Soil
Other Applications
End-user Industry
Adhesives and Sealants
Paints and Coatings
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Australia and New Zealand
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Calcium Carbonate Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Calcium Carbonate Market according to our research experts:

Paper Sector to Dominate the Market

  • Calcium carbonate is one of the essential ingredients considered for applications in the paper industry, as it is employed as fillers and for coating purposes. The working qualities of CaCO3, like opacity, brightness, and smoothness, make it an ideal component for the manufacturing of writing, printing, and packaging-grade paper.
  • It is a mineral filler, which substantially reduces the production cost of paper. As the minerals are easier to be dried than fibers, it also reduces the cost of basic materials. Calcium carbonate is also used in paper coating, as it brings out the brightness and smoothness on the surface of printing paper.
  • In the present scenario, CaCO3 is dominant over other papermaking filler materials. The main reason behind the preference for calcium carbonate is the demand for brighter and bulkier paper. There are significant advantages to the use of CaCO3 in the alkaline papermaking process.
  • In the paper industry, calcium carbonate is used as a replacement for kaolin. Since the synthesized precipitated calcium carbonate is brighter and whiter than kaolin, many manufacturers have been using it for paper filling and coating purposes. It offers better opacity, gloss, high brightness, surface finishing, and improves printability.
  • Calcium carbonate is not only used as a substitute for kaolin but also for wood pulp and additives. In the alkaline papermaking process, calcium carbonate is used in a paper mill as a filler material. Calcium carbonate amounts for 32% of the total share of filler and pigments used in paper production.
  • Currently, the Asia-Pacific leads the market demand for calcium carbonate in the paper industry, with China being the leading consumer. Increasing demand for paper packaging and tissue products is expected to drive the market in the Asia-Pacific region. According to the Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA), the Indian paper industry accounts for about 4% of the world’s production of paper. The estimated turnover of the industry is INR 70,000 crore (~USD 8,474.56 million) (domestic market size of INR 80,000 crores (~USD 9,685.21 million)), and its contribution to the exchequer is around INR 5,000 crore (~USD 605.33 million).
  • The packaging demand is driven by rapid economic upticks and growing food consumption in the region. The tissue demand is driven by population growth and improving hygiene standards.
  • All the aforementioned factors are expected to boost the demand for calcium carbonate during the forecast period.
Calcium Carbonate Market, Volume CAGR (%), by End-user Industry, Global, 2022-2027

Asia-Pacific Expected to Dominate the Global Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is projected to lead the market for calcium carbonate owing to increasing construction activities in the region.
  • Along with the growing construction industry in the region, the demand for calcium carbonate is expected to be driven by increasing economic activities and new investment opportunities in emerging economies, such as China, India, and Indonesia, among others.
  • China is the largest pulp and paper producing country in the world, owing to large forest reserves, which amount to 22.5% of the land area. The industry is modern and highly mechanized, and labor is cheap. Forest cover is increasing in China owing to the government’s afforestation initiatives.
  • China is globally the largest manufacturer and consumer of plastics, adhesives and sealants, rubber, and paints and coatings. The majority of plastics, adhesives and sealants, and paints and coatings are consumed by the automotive and construction industries. The automotive industry is the major consumer of rubber.
  • The Indian government's ‘Housing for All by 2022’ scheme is also a major game-changer for the industry. Additionally, the Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a USD 3.58 billion alternative investment fund (AIF) in order to revive around 1,600 stalled housing projects across the top cities in the country.
  • According to the Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA), even though India’s pulp and paper market has been growing around 6-7% per annum, the industry witnessed a drop in production over the past three years. This contrasts with the consumption, which is exhibiting a steady rise.
  • Overall, with the demand increasing from various end-user industries in the region, the Asia-Pacific market for calcium carbonate is projected to dominate the global market.
Calcium Carbonate Market - Growth Rate by Region, 2022-2027

Calcium Carbonate Industry Overview

The calcium carbonate market is partially consolidated in nature. Some of the major players in the market include Omya AG, Mineral Technologies Inc., Imerys, Shiraishi Group, and Sibelco, among others.

Calcium Carbonate Market Leaders

  1. Omya AG

  2. Mineral Technologies Inc.

  3. Imerys

  4. Shriraishi Calcium Kaisha

  5. Sibelco

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Calcium Carbonate Market Concentration

Calcium Carbonate Market News

  • August 2022: Cimbar Resources Inc. announced that it had completed acquisitions of Imerys Carbonates USA Inc.'s calcium carbonate manufacturing assets in Sahuarita, Arizona, United States, in a bid to broaden its portfolio and to support its goal of providing a variety of products to customers from multiple locations.
  • May 2022: Omya Inc. and its affiliates announced that it would increase prices on all calcium carbonate products by a minimum of 9%, effective November 1, 2022. This price increase is a result of cost escalation in energy, quarrying, and chemicals that the company experienced in the United States and Canada throughout 2022.
  • April 2022: Imerys announced plans to expand its calcium carbonate production capacity at the Sylacauga plant, North America, as a part of its three-year site plan to support the growing demand for ground calcium carbonate (GCC) products.

Calcium Carbonate Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growing Construction Activities in the Asia-Pacific Region

      2. 4.1.2 Rapidly Increasing Packaging and Paper Industry

      3. 4.1.3 Replacement of Kaolin with Calcium Carbonate in Paper Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Health Hazards Associated with Calcium Carbonate

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC)

      2. 5.1.2 Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC)

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Raw Substance for Construction Material

      2. 5.2.2 Dietary Supplement

      3. 5.2.3 Additive for Thermoplastics

      4. 5.2.4 Filler and Pigment

      5. 5.2.5 Component of Adhesives

      6. 5.2.6 Desulfurization of Fuel Gas

      7. 5.2.7 Neutralizing Agent in Soil

      8. 5.2.8 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Paper

      2. 5.3.2 Plastic

      3. 5.3.3 Adhesives and Sealants

      4. 5.3.4 Construction

      5. 5.3.5 Paints and Coatings

      6. 5.3.6 Pharmaceutical

      7. 5.3.7 Automotive

      8. 5.3.8 Agriculture

      9. 5.3.9 Rubber

      10. 5.3.10 Other End-user Industries

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Australia and New Zealand

        7. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Russia

        6. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Chemical & Mineral Industries Pvt. Ltd


      3. 6.4.3 GLC Minerals

      4. 6.4.4 Gulshan Polyols Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 Huber Engineered Materials

      6. 6.4.6 Imerys

      7. 6.4.7 Kemipex

      8. 6.4.8 Lhoist

      9. 6.4.9 Maruo Calcium Co. Ltd

      10. 6.4.10 Minerals Technologies Inc.

      11. 6.4.11 Mississippi Lime Company

      12. 6.4.12 Newpark Resources Inc.

      13. 6.4.13 OKUTAMA KOGYO CO. LTD

      14. 6.4.14 Omya AG

      15. 6.4.15 Provale Holding SA

      16. 6.4.16 SCHAEFER KALK GmbH & Co. KG.

      17. 6.4.17 Shiraishi Kogyo Kaisha Ltd

      18. 6.4.18 Sibelco

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Rising Demand from the Plastic and Rubber Industry for Nano-calcium Carbonate

    2. 7.2 Emerging Importance of Green Applications

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Calcium Carbonate Market Research FAQs

The Calcium Carbonate Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Calcium Carbonate Market is growing at a CAGR of >3% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Omya AG, Mineral Technologies Inc., Imerys , Shriraishi Calcium Kaisha, Sibelco are the major companies operating in Calcium Carbonate Market.

Calcium Carbonate Industry Report

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