all report title image
  • Published In : Feb 2024
  • Code : CMI6649
  • Pages :140
  • Formats :
      Excel and PDF
  • Industry : Advanced Materials

The halloysite market size is expected to reach US$ 63 Mn by 2031 from US$ 40.4 Mn in 2024 at a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period.

Halloysite is a naturally occurring clay mineral composed of aluminum silicate. It exists in two distinct polymorphs - the common halloysite-7Å and the less common halloysite-10Å. Halloysite-7Å has a tubular morphology with an inner diameter of 15-100 nm, length of 0.5-10 μm, and outer surface consisting of siloxane groups. This gives it a high surface area and makes it suitable for use as a carrier for drugs and other chemicals by adsorption on the outside and inside surfaces as well as its lumen. Its negatively charged lumen and positively charged outer surface allows it to encapsulate drugs, fragrances, pigments, and others through ion-exchange. This halloysite polymorph is also being researched for its potential in creating bone scaffolds and tissue engineering applications due to its ability to mimic the morphology of hydroxyapatite.

However, halloysite-10Å has a planar morphology consisting of silicate layers separated by water interlayers, resembling kaolin. While it does not have the same tubular properties as halloysite-7Å, it still finds use as a convenient nanocontainer for slow-release applications by storing compounds between its layers. Both polymorphs have advantages over synthetic alternatives in various applications due to their low-cost natural abundance and biocompatibility.

Regional Analysis:

Asia Pacific has established itself as the dominant region in the global halloysite market. The region accounts for over 40% share of the total market volume due to strong industry presence and large demand from end-use sectors such as ceramics, medical, and niche applications.

Historically an importer, countries like China and India are increasingly investing in the exploration and mining of halloysite deposits within their borders. This has provided a major boost to regional supply. China, in particular, is rapidly expanding indigenous production to fuel growth in domestic ceramics and medical device manufacturing industries where halloysite finds important applications. Their attractiveness as an investment destination for setting up halloysite-based production facilities has also improved drastically. Countries like South Korea and Japan have sizable ceramics and paints and coatings industries importing larger volumes of halloysite specifically to benefit from its niche functional qualities. With rising industrial usage, cross-border halloysite trade is witnessing a parallel growth trajectory cementing Asia Pacific's rise as the newest dynamic force in the global halloysite market.

  • Europe is expected to be the second-largest market for halloysite, accounting for over 30 % of the market share in 2024. The growth of the market in Europe is attributed to the demand for halloysite in Germany which is expected to be primarily driven by its increasing application scope in the medical and ceramics industries.
  • North America is expected to be the fastest-growing market for halloysite, with a CAGR of over 15% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to the U.S. being a producer and consumer of halloysite in North America with over 60 operating mines that produce high quality halloysite clay. Major application industries like pharmaceutical, biomedical, and new material development are well established in the country, driving significant consumption. Moreover, major halloysite mining companies like Applied Minerals and Imerys Performance Minerals have their headquarters in the U.S., strengthening the supply chain in the region.
  • Latin America is expected to be the growing halloysite market for halloysite, with a CAGR of over 8% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Latin America is attributed to the increasing demand for halloysite products in industries like paints and coatings, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Middle East & Africa is expected to be the growing market for halloysite, with a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Middle East & Africa is attributed to the increasing demand for eco-friendly and advanced materials, with halloysite being used in novel applications in the medical, cosmetics, and paints industries.

Figure 1. Halloysite Market Share (%), by Region, 2024


To learn more about this report, request a free sample copy

Analyst’s Viewpoint:

The halloysite market is expected to witness moderate growth over the forecast period owing to the increasing demand from several end-use industries such as ceramics, medical, and others. The rise in construction activities around the globe is driving the demand for advanced ceramic products which is likely to boost the consumption of halloysite. The product is increasingly being used as a nanotube additive in ceramic glazes, bone china, and tableware to enhance mechanical strength, thermal resistance, and other properties.

However, availability issues regarding high-quality halloysite deposits, especially in North America, may hamper market growth to some extent. Additionally, the outbreak of COVID-19 slowed down economic activities worldwide which posed challenges to the market. Nevertheless, increasing R&D investment for developing advanced applications, such as catalyst support, drug delivery carrier, and flame retardants, is expected to unlock new opportunities for players.

Regionally, Asia Pacific dominated the global halloysite market and the trend is likely to continue over the forecast period. This can be attributed to high economic growth and increasing industrial activity in the region. Within APAC, China holds the leading position owing to robust ceramic, medical, and catalyst production. Europe is projected to witness significant growth driven by expansion of manufacturers in the U.K., Germany, and Italy.

Halloysite Market Drivers:

Rising Use in Technical Ceramics: The use of halloysite in technical ceramics applications is expected to significantly drive the market during the forecast period. Halloysite finds widespread use in the manufacturing of technical ceramics on account of its thermal and electrical insulating properties along with high mechanical strength. It is commonly used as a nucleating agent and reinforcing additive in ceramic matrix composites and advanced ceramics. The unique tubular morphology and nanotubular structure of halloysite provides benefits such as enhanced mechanical properties, heat resistance and fracture toughness when added to ceramic matrix materials.

Technical ceramics made using halloysite demonstrate improved strength, stiffness and thermal shock resistance. This makes halloysite an attractive additive for manufacturing ceramic components for applications in the electronics, automotive, aerospace and medical industries. For instance, halloysite reinforced ceramics show higher flexural strength and fracture toughness, enabling their use in making engine components for aircraft and automobile. It also helps develop ceramics with strong dielectric properties suitable for electrical insulators. The growing demand for advanced technical ceramics from diverse end-use industries is thus expected to drive significant growth in the halloysite market over the forecast period.

Increasing Demand from the Paints & Coatings Industry: The paints & coatings industry has emerged as a major end user of halloysite and is expected to contribute significantly to market growth in the coming years. Halloysite finds wide application as a functional filler in paints and coatings due to its nanotubular morphology, high surface area and polar hydroxyl groups on its surface. When added to paints and coatings, halloysite is able to enhance properties such as barrier performance, scrub resistance, UV protection, mechanical strength and thermal stability. The hollow tubular structure allows halloysite to encapsulate pigments, resulting in brighter and long-lasting colors for paints and coatings.

Rising consumption of halloysite based paints and coatings can be attributed to the increased need for protective, decorative and functional coatings across various end-use industries like construction, automotive, industrial machinery and consumer goods. Growing infrastructure development and construction activities in emerging economies are driving the demand for high-quality facades, roof coatings and metal coatings. The automotive industry is also increasing the application of advanced paint technologies for improved aesthetics and corrosion protection. Thus, the surging requirements from the paints & coatings market are expected to propel the demand for halloysite significantly over the forecast period.

Halloysite Market Opportunities

Emerging Applications of Halloysite in the Pharmaceutical Industry: The pharmaceutical industry has increasingly looked at halloysite nanotubes as a viable delivery mechanism for active pharmaceutical ingredients. Halloysite's naturally occurring tubular structure allows for protection and sustained release of drugs. Many R&D efforts over the past few years have demonstrated halloysite's potential as a carrier for anti-cancer therapies, antibiotics, and nutraceuticals. Loading drugs within its lumen takes advantage of halloysite's high surface area and tunable release kinetics. Ongoing clinical trials show promise for halloysite formulations in targeted drug delivery for colon cancer treatment and management of chronic illnesses like arthritis.

As the pharmaceutical industry focuses on enhancing efficacy of treatments while reducing side effects, halloysite-based drug delivery stands to gain more attention. Its biocompatibility makes it suitable for various routes of administration including oral, topical, inhalation, etc. This opens up new possibilities for reformulating existing drugs as well as developing novel therapeutic modalities. For instance, encapsulating anti-fungal drugs within halloysite for topical applications could greatly improve treatment of skin and nail infections. Some new research also examines using halloysite to purify blood by sequestering toxins and removing microbial biofilms.

If ongoing studies continue to validate halloysite's performance in supporting drug solubility, protection, and controlled release per application, its use in the pharmaceutical sector is expected to grow significantly. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates chronic diseases to account for 60% of all deaths globally by 2025. This growing disease burden as well as the need for enhanced therapies will likely drive more innovation and commercialization of advanced drug delivery solutions like halloysite-based formulations. Overall, emerging applications show halloysite has much potential in improving patient outcomes, adherence and healthcare efficiency through personalized medicine.

Potential in Paints and Coatings Applications: Paints and coatings applications can provide significant opportunities for growth in the halloysite market. Halloysite nanoparticles have unique properties that make them suitable for use in enhancing the performance of paints and coatings. Their nanotubular morphology allows for protection of active ingredients and controlled release properties. Additionally, halloysite has high surface area and chemical reactivity beneficial for bonding with polymers. These characteristics help improve mechanical strength, barrier properties and self-cleaning ability of painted surfaces. Currently, halloysite from natural sources is being increasingly used by paint manufacturers as a sustainable alternative to synthetic additives. It can replace components like titanium dioxide which are energy intensive to produce. As consumers demand more environmentally friendly products, natural nanomaterial like halloysite are poised to gain prevalence in the market. According to statistics from UNEP, the global sales of green building materials grew over 15%between2020-2021. With more construction projects focusing on sustainability and wellness features, the market for halloysite based green coatings is expected to expand swiftly in the coming years.

Advancements are also being made to further enhance the performance of halloysite for paints applications. New extraction and purification techniques help achieve required quality standards for usage. Surface modifications allow for improved dispersibility and compatibility with different paint chemistries. This will not only attract larger customers in paints but also open opportunities in related fields like 3D printing filaments where coated halloysite finds application. If support continues from government policies promoting sustainable nanotechnology, halloysite based coatings can emerge as a key segment within the growing global paints and surface treatments industry.

Halloysite Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 40.4 Mn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 - 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 6.5% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 63  Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East
  • Africa: South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Type: Pure and Hybrid
  • By Application: Medical, Cosmetics, Ceramics, Polymers, Cement, Paints, and Others
Companies covered:

I-Minerals, Northstar Clay Mines LLC, Applied Minerals, Inc., and Imerys

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising Use in Technical Ceramics
  • Increasing Demand from the Paints & Coatings Industry
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Availability of Substitute Materials 
  • Issues with Supply Shortage

Halloysite Market Trends

  • Use of Halloysite in Fuel Cells: The use of halloysite in fuel cells is having a significant impact on the halloysite market. Halloysite is a type of naturally occurring clay nanotube that has shown promising potential as a support material for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). PEMFCs rely on platinum-based catalysts to facilitate the electrochemical reactions that generate electricity, however platinum is extremely expensive. Using halloysite nanotubes as a support material allows for a reduction in the amount of platinum needed without compromising fuel cell performance.
  • As more real-world validation occurs showcasing the benefits halloysite can provide, fuel cell manufacturers are likely to pursue commercial scale-up plans with halloysite producers over the next 2-3 years. The natural result will be growing volumes of halloysite required to service expanded production runs. Specialty minerals companies with halloysite resources will be well-positioned to leverage this market evolution and capture a bigger share of the expanding advanced materials segment within the overall halloysite market. The use of halloysite in fuel cells presents a strong growth avenue for players along the halloysite supply chain in the coming year
  • Increasing Deployment of Nanotechnology in the Medical and Healthcare Sectors: The growing applications of nanotechnology in the medical field has greatly contributed to the rapid growth of the halloysite market in recent years. Nanotechnology has opened up new frontiers for more advanced drug delivery methods, novel medical imaging techniques, and improved biocompatible materials. Many new medical technologies under research rely on nanoscale engineering principles and nanomaterial like halloysite. Halloysite nanotubes are being extensively researched for their potential in developing targeted drug delivery systems. Their hollow tubular structure allows for controllable encapsulation and slow release of therapeutic agents. Several scientific studies have shown halloysite can be used to deliver drugs, genes and other agents directly to diseased sites in the body in a safe manner. This property is attracting significant research focusing on developing halloysite based treatments for cancer, infections and other illnesses.

Halloysite Market Restraints

  • Availability of Substitute Materials: Halloysite faces competition from alternative inorganic filler materials that include kaolin, bentonite, and diatomaceous earth. These substitutes offer comparable properties to halloysite at a lower cost. For instance, kaolin can be used in ceramic products and coatings instead of halloysite. Substitute materials also possess properties like moisture retention and complex binding abilities. Therefore, the availability of cost-effective substitute materials poses a major restraint to the halloysite market expansion.
  • Issues with Supply Shortage: Halloysite reserves are geographically concentrated and located in a few countries like China, New Zealand, and Turkey. This concentration of deposits leads to supply constraints. Additionally, the extraction and processing of halloysite are complex and capital-intensive activities. Increasing demand is putting pressure on the limited halloysite reserves and there is a supply-demand imbalance. As a result, manufacturers face challenges related to raw material sourcing and procurement. This supply shortage of halloysite might hamper the market growth over the forecast period.

Segment Analysis:

Applications driving growth in the halloysite nanotubes segment

In terms of applications, the halloysite market is segmented into polymer composites, fire retardant plastics, catalyst supports, drug delivery carriers, and others. Among the segments, polymer composites contributes the highest share of the market owing to increasing demand from construction industry.

Halloysite nanotubes have found widespread usage in polymer composites due to their high aspect ratio and nanoscale dimensions, which make them an ideal reinforcement material. When added to polymers in small concentrations, halloysite can considerably enhance the mechanical properties like strength, stiffness and heat distortion temperature of the resulting composite. Their hollow tubular structure allows for superior dispersion and interaction with polymer matrices at the molecular level. Owing to this, composites containing halloysite nanotubes display remarkable improvements in properties despite using minimal loading levels.

In the construction industry, halloysite-filled polymer composites are gaining popularity for applications like wall paneling, ceiling tiles, flooring sheets, etc. Their lightweight and high strength attributes allow thinner gauges to be used while meeting structural requirements. This enables significant material savings. Halloysite composites also exhibit flame retardant properties and moisture resistance, adding to their overall desirability from a construction perspective. With infrastructure growth worldwide driving demand for improved construction materials, the polymer composites segment is expected to dominate the halloysite market in the coming years.

Recent Developments:

New product launches:

  • In February 16, 2023, Applied Minerals, Inc. a leading producer of halloysite clay products for high-value industrial applications, recently received a new purchase order from a customer for 40,000 lbs. of its DRAGONITE halloysite clay product.
  • In September 2022, a company from the United States named Ionic Mineral Technologies unveiled their latest product, Ionisil. This product is a nano-silicon substance, sourced from halloysite, and is proposed as a substitute for graphite in lithium-ion batteries. The incorporation of nano-silicon in battery technology promises to extend the driving range and reduce the charging time for electric vehicles (EVs). This development could be transformative for the electric vehicle industry, offering significant improvements in the performance and efficiency of lithium-ion batteries.

Figure 2. Halloysite Market Share (%), By Type, 2024


To learn more about this report, request a free sample copy

Top Companies in the Halloysite market

  • I-Minerals
  • Northstar Clay Mines LLC
  • Applied Minerals, Inc.
  • Imerys

Definition- Halloysite is an aluminosilicate clay mineral with the empirical formula Alâ‚‚Siâ‚‚Oâ‚… (OH)â‚„. Its main constituents are oxygen, silicon, aluminum, and hydrogen. It is a member of the kaolinite group. Halloysite is typically formed by the hydrothermal alteration of alumino-silicate minerals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Availability of substitute materials, and issues with supply shortage are some factors that can hamper the growth of the halloysite market.

Rising use in technical ceramics and increasing demand from the paints & coatings industry are expected to drive the halloysite market growth.

The Type segment is the leading segment of halloysite market.

Some key players operating in the halloysite market include I-Minerals, Northstar Clay Mines LLC, Applied Minerals, Inc., and Imerys.

Asia Pacific is expected to account for the largest share of the halloysite market.

The halloysite market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% from 2024 to 2031.

View Our Licence Options

Need a Custom Report?

We can customize every report - free of charge - including purchasing stand-alone sections or country-level reports

Customize Now

Want to Buy a Report but have a Limited Budget?

We help clients to procure the report or sections of the report at their budgeted price. Kindly click on the below to avail

Request Discount

Reliability and Reputation

DUNS Registered
DMCA Protected


Reliability and Reputation


Reliability and Reputation


Joining thousands of companies around the world committed to making the Excellent Business Solutions.

View All Our Clients
trusted clients logo