Where is Kaolin found?
Kaolin derives from kaolinite—a type of clay originally discovered in southeastern China (thus the name Chinese clay). Kaolinite is the byproduct of the decomposition of various minerals, including feldspar.
What exactly is calcination?
The process of calcination involves heating a mineral or clay product, such as Egyptian Kaolin in a high temperature furnace, and in this way, processing the material. In this particular instance, the resultant product is calcined kaolin which is extremely useful in the production of various ceramics and porcelains.
Can Kaolin be used in anything other than ceramics and porcelains?
Certainly. In fact, kaolin historically has been used in numerous products and industries. Papermaking can often involve kaolin. Additionally, kaolin may be used in plastics, paint, rubber and certain types of concrete production.
Is Kaolin costly?
As with anything, this will depend on the amount and type of kaolin product you are looking to purchase. AIMR carries a range of sizes and grades of kaolin. We would be happy to work up a customized estimate based on your needs.
Is Kaolin readily available?
Yes. In certain regions there is an abundance of the mineral everyday being harvested, An given the ever growing demand for kaolin and kaolin products, certainly mining and production will not slow down anytime soon.