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Ball Clay Market, By Form (Stone, Powder, Shredded, Others), By Application (Ceramic, Non-Ceramic) & Forecast, 2024 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI10083
  • Published Date: Jul 2024
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Ball Clay Market Size

Ball Clay Market was valued at approximately USD 433.1 million in 2023 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of 3.4% between 2024 and 2032, with increasing demand in the ceramics industry. Ball clay is a key element in many ceramic products, such as tiles, dinnerware, sanitary ware, and technical ceramics. This clay is valued for its unique characteristics that make it ideal for ceramics.

Ball Clay Market

Ball clay is strong yet flexible, can withstand high temperatures during firing, and helps create smooth, even surfaces in ceramics. As demand for ceramic items rise due to the ceramics boom, so does the demand for ball clay.

The booming ceramic sector causes a domino effect, resulting in an increase in demand for ceramic items and, eventually, ball clay, the element that brings them to life. Hence, the development of the market is inevitably connected to the expansion of the ceramic sector.


While the ball clay industry is growing, it faces significant challenges in terms of availability and sustainability. All natural resources, including ball clay, are finite. Excessive mining in specific areas might cause depletion, making it impossible to supply future demand. This is an obstacle for the industry since easily available, high-quality ball clay deposits are not uniformly spread around the world. Furthermore, unethical/unsupervised mining activities can compound the issue and cause environmental harm in regions where ball clay is mined.


Developing a sustainable method to mine and process ball clay is pivotal. This might include implementing stringent laws to ensure ethical mining operations, investigating alternate mining processes with lower environmental effect, and expanding recycling efforts for certain purposes. However, stricter rules and more sustainable practices may incur higher costs.

Ball Clay Market Trends

Sustainability has become increasingly important in the manufacturing sector, and the ball clay operations are no exception. Companies are using environmentally friendly strategies such as reducing water usage during processing and minimizing energy consumption during mining & refining. Furthermore, there is a rising emphasis on using recycled packaging materials and adherence to ethical waste management techniques.

The ball clay industry is embracing digitization, employing digital technologies to trace ball clay from the mine to the manufacturing plant, ensuring ethical sourcing and responsible practices throughout the supply chain. Additionally, digital technologies may be utilized to optimize mining operations and increase processing and transportation efficiency.

Ball Clay Market Analysis

Ball Clay Market Size, By Form, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

Based on the form segment of ball clay industry it is segmented into stone, powder, shredded and others. The powder segment holds the maximum share in the market with around 175.8 million in 2023 and is anticipated to grow at CAGR of 3.7% in the forecasted years. The powder segment is the most widely used form of ball clay. The air-dried clay lumps are processed into a fine powder by grinding and milling. The powdered ball clay offers better consistency and ease of use in industrial production processes. It is used in a wide range of applications, from ceramics and tiles to fillers in paints and plastics.

Furthermore, the choice of form depends on several factors including specific applications, production processes, and transportation & storage.

Ball Clay Market Revenue Share, By Application, (2023)

Based on application segment of the ball clay market it is segmented into ceramic and non-ceramic where the ceramic segment holds around 75.3% of the total market share and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% in the forecast years.

In the market, ceramics play a crucial role due to the specific properties as well as applications, which include sanitary ware, tiles, tableware, refractory applications, and technical ceramics. The usage of ceramics in these applications makes ball clay an essential material in the market.

Ball Clay Market Size, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

Asia Pacific region plays a significant role in the global ball clay market with a revenue of around 179.4 million in 2023 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.1% in the forecasted years. The region has significant supply and production, the trade and export and others. Countries, such as China and India, are prominent suppliers of ball clay as these countries have extensive clay deposit and established mining industries. The region offers a wide variety of ball clays known for their fine particle size, high plasticity, and strength, which are essential for various industrial applications.

Additionally, the Asia Pacific region is a critical player in the global ball clay industry is driven by robust production capabilities and high demand from the ceramic industries and favorable economic conditions.

North America: In terms of country, the U.S. dominated the ball clay market with a revenue of around USD 68.2 million in 2023 and is expected to reach around USD 90.6 million by 2032. In the U.S., there are notable producers of ball clay, benefiting from the rich deposits and established mining operations. This market is crucial for supplying high quality clay needed for advanced ceramic applications. However, it is increasingly influenced by environmental regulations and the need for sustainable mining practices.

Canada's support for ceramic products continues to bolster the market. However, the market encounters challenges including competition from alternative materials and the necessity for ongoing technological advancements to enhance extraction efficiency. Nevertheless, the ball clay industry retains its strength, buoyed by sustained industrial demand and economic stability in the country, pointing towards a positive outlook.

Europe: In 2023, the Europe ball clay market witnessed a steady growth at a CAGR of approximately 2.4%. This market segment is a significant part of the global ceramics and mineral industry owing to Europe's abundant clay deposits, robust ceramics sector, and advanced industrial infrastructure. Stringent environmental regulations in Europe that promote sustainable & eco-friendly mining practices also drive market growth.

In this region, Germany generates a sizable demand for ball clay, owing to the advanced ceramic industry that produces high-quality tiles, sanitary ware, and technical ceramics. The country emphasizes sustainable and efficient mining practices, aligning with rigorous environmental standards.

Asia Pacific: The Asia Pacific market was valued at around USD 179.4 million in 2023 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of 4.1% between 2024 and 2032. In addition to the favorable economic conditions and robust production capabilities, this region experiences high demand from the ceramics industries, making it a crucial player in the global industry.

In terms of countries, China is a major player in the global ball clay market, both as a significant producer and consumer. It has an extensive ceramic industry, which is one of the largest in the world, which consequently drives a substantial demand for ball clay. China's emphasis on technological advancement in ceramic production and processing enhances the quality and efficiency of ball clay usage.

On the other hand, India holds a prominent position in the global market with significant production capacities and a growing ceramic industry. The demand for ball clay in India is driven by the expanding ceramic sector which includes tile sanitary ware and tableware production, catering to both domestic and international markets.

Ball Clay Market Share


Ball Clay Market Company Share Analysis, (2023)

Key players in the ball clay industry are Imerys Ceramics, Sibelco, Golcha Associated, Old Hickory Clay Company, and Gujrat Minerals Development Corporation Limited. Together, these companies accounted for a market share of 5-10% in 2023. These companies are involved in the extraction, processing, and supply of ball clay to various industries, particularly ceramics & construction across different regions of the world.

Ball Clay Market Companies

Major companies operating in the ball clay industry include:

  • Ashapura Group
  • Burgess Pigment Company
  • EICL Limited
  • G&W Minerals Resources
  • Glocha Associated
  • Gujarat Minerals Development Corporation Ltd.
  • Imerys Ceramics
  • I-Minerals Inc.
  • Kamin LLC
  • LKAB Minerals
  • Old Hickory Clay Company
  • Quarzwerke Group
  • SCR-Sibelco
  • Sibelco
  • WBB Minerals

Ball Clay Industry News

  • In April 2024, Sibelco, a global leader in industrial minerals, acquired a local ball clay producer in Brazil to strengthen its supply chain and increase its market share in South America. This acquisition enhanced Sibelco’s ability to serve the ceramics and refractories market in the region.
  • In February 2024, Imerys Ceramics, a major player in the ball clay industry, announced the expansion of its operations in India. The company is increasing its production capacity to meet the growing demand for ball clay in the ceramic industries, particularly for sanitary ware and tiles.
  • In February 2023, Old Hickory Clay Company invested in new processing technology to improve the quality and consistency of its ball clay products. This investment aimed to cater to the increasing quality demand from the ceramics and construction industries in North America.

The ball clay market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry, with estimates & forecasts in terms of revenue (USD million) from 2021 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Form

  • Stone
  • Powder
  • Shredded
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Ceramic 
    • Sanitary ware
    • Tableware
    • Wall & floor tiles
    • Building material
    • Electrical porcelain
    • Insulators
    • Others
  • Non-Ceramic 
    • Adhesive & sealants
    • Fertilizers & insecticides
    • Plastics
    • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Avinash Singh , Sunita Singh

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size for ball clay was valued at USD 433.1 million in 2023 and is anticipated to register 3.4% CAGR between 2024 and 2032, driven by increasing demand in the ceramics industry.

Powder ball clay market recorded a revenue of USD 175.8 million in 2023 and is anticipated to grow at 3.7% CAGR through 2032, owing to its utility in wide range of applications, from ceramics and tiles to fillers in paints and plastics.

Asia Pacific market size was 179.4 million in 2023 and is expected to grow at 4.1% CAGR through 2032, driven by robust production capabilities and high demand from the ceramic industries.

Ashapura Group, Burgess Pigment Company, EICL Limited, G&W Minerals Resources, Glocha Associated, Gujarat Minerals Development Corporation Ltd, Imerys Ceramics, I-Minerals Inc, Kamin LLC, LKAB Minerals, and Old Hickory Clay Company among others.

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 51
  • Countries covered: 23
  • Pages: 80
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