Calcium carbonate is a substance naturally found in rocks and in shells of marine organisms, coal balls, snails, eggshells and pearls. It is also a major ingredient in agricultural lime and also used as an antacid or calcium supplement in medical applications. There are two chief sources from which calcium carbonate can be obtained. Calcite, aragonite, vaterite, limestone, marble, travertine and chalks are key geological sources of calcium carbonate. Biological sources include oyster shells, eggshells, snail shells, and most of the sea shells.
On the basis of product segments, calcium carbonate market can be classified as precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) and ground calcium carbonate (GCC). Calcium carbonate has a wide range of applications in plastics, paper, agriculture, pharmaceutical, construction, architecture, coatings and also in environmental applications. Construction industry is the key outlet for calcium carbonate as it is the major ingredient used in manufacturing of cement. In addition, it is used in purification of iron ore, as a key ingredient in blackboard chalk, in micro-porous films, in papermaking, as an extender in paints and coatings and as a chief ingredient in glazes.
It has been also used as an inexpensive dietary calcium supplement and as inert filler for tablets. It can also be used in the production of consumer goods such as toothpastes and as a color retainer and food preservative. Rapid industrialization in regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to drive the global calcium carbonate market. Developed economies of North America and Europe are the major consumers of calcium carbonate in all of its varied applications.
Some of the major manufacturers of calcium carbonate include Huber Engineered Materials, Excalibar Minerals, Imerys, Maruo Calcium Co. Ltd., Mississippi Lime Company, Minerals Technologies, Inc., Okutama Kogyo Co., Ltd., Shiraishi Kogyo Kaisha Ltd., Omya Ag, Solvay S.A. Market and Schaefer Kalk GMBH & Co KG.
This research report analyzes this market depending on its market segments, major geographies, and current market trends. Geographies analyzed under this research report include
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World
- Market growth drivers
- Factors limiting market growth
- Current market trends
- Market structure
- Market projections for upcoming years
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