Calcium Carbonate Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Type (Ground Calcium Carbonate and Precipitated Calcium Carbonate), Application (Raw Substance for Construction Materials, Dietary Supplement, Additive for Thermoplastics, Filler in Paper, Plastics and Paint, Component of Adhesives, Desulphurization of Fuel Gas, Neutralizing Agent in Soil, and Other Applications), End-user Industry (Paper, Plastics, Adhesives and Sealants, Construction, Paints 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)

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


7 %

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Market Overview

The calcium carbonate market is expected to register a healthy rate, with a CAGR of around 7% during the forecast period. Growing construction activities and demand from industries, such as paper and pulp, plastic, and construction in Asia-Pacific are driving the growth of the calcium carbonate market.

  • Asia-Pacific region, which includes the major consuming countries, such as China, India, and Japan, dominated the global market.
  • Health hazards associated with calcium carbonate are expected to hinder the market growth during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

The calcium carbonate market report includes:

Ground Calcium Carbonate
Precipitated Calcium Carbonate
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 & 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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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Paper Industry

  • Calcium carbonate is widely used in the paper mill as a filler material in the alkaline papermaking process. Growing demand for brighter and bulkier paper is the key driver behind the preference of calcium carbonate in the paper industry.
  • In the paper industry, calcium carbonate is valued worldwide for its high brightness and light scattering characteristics, and it is used as an inexpensive filler to make bright opaque paper. The filler is used at the wet-end of paper making machines, and calcium carbonate filler makes the paper bright and smooth.
  • Both types of calcium carbonate, i.e., ground calcium carbonate (GCC) and precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), are used in the paper industry. GCC filler material is used in alkaline wood-free papermaking process. The brightness of GCC is 86%-95%. However, PCC is preferred over GCC in paper mills, since it provides better gloss and opacity properties for the paper, and the brightness of PCC is 90%-97%. PCC is the most cost-effective mineral for producing high quality paper and paperboard via substitution of more expensive wood pulp, additives, or other minerals.
  • Currently, Asia-Pacific leads the market, in terms of the 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. The packaging demand is driven by rapid economic upticks and growing food consumption in the region. The tissue demand is driven by the population growth and improving hygiene standards.
  • All the aforementioned factors, in turn, are expected to increase the demand for the calcium carbonate during the forecast period.

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Asia-Pacific is Expected to Lead the Calcium Carbonate Market

  • Asia-Pacific is projected to lead the market for calcium carbonate, owing to the increasing construction activities in the region. Besides boom in construction activities, the demand for calcium carbonate is expected to be driven by the increasing economic activities, and new investment opportunities in the emerging economies, such as China, India, Indonesia, and other countries.
  • China is the largest pulp and paper producing country in the world, owing to large forest reserves (22.5% of the land area). The industry is modern, highly mechanized, and the labor is cheap. Forest cover is increasing in China, owing to the government afforestation initiatives. Meanwhile this is a positive sign, there are concerns regarding social and environmental issues.
  • China is the largest manufacturer and consumer of plastics, adhesives and sealants, rubber, and paints and coatings, globally. Majority of plastics, adhesives and sealants, and paints and coatings are consumed by the automotive and construction industry. Automotive industry is the major consumer of rubber.
  • Overall, with the demand increasing from various end-user industries in the region, the market for calcium carbonate is projected to increase at a high rate during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

Three key players in the calcium carbonate market, namely, Omya AG, Imerys, and Mineral Technologies Inc., covered about 50% of the market. The companies are following the strategy of inorganic growth ventures, with an aim to expand their businesses in the markets of diverse economies.

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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 Growth of the Packaging and Tissue Paper Market

      3. 4.1.3 Replacement of Kaolin by Calcium Carbonate in the 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 Consumers

      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


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Ground Calcium Carbonate

      2. 5.1.2 Precipitated Calcium Carbonate

    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 & 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. France

        4. Italy

        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 Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Calchem

      2. 6.4.2 Chemical & Mineral Industries Pvt. Ltd.


      4. 6.4.4 Gulshan Polyols Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 GLC Minerals, LLC

      6. 6.4.6 Huber Engineered Materials

      7. 6.4.7 Imerys

      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 Group

      16. 6.4.16 SCHAEFER KALK

      17. 6.4.17 Shiraishi Kogyo Kaisha Ltd

  7. *List Not Exhaustive

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

    2. 7.2 Emergence of Green Applications

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