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  • Published In : Feb 2024
  • Code : CMI6680
  • Pages :135
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Global nano calcium carbonate market is expected to reach US$ 16.77 Billion by 2031, from US$ 8.72 Billion in 2024, at a CAGR of 9.8% during the forecast period. Nano calcium carbonate refers to calcium carbonate particles that have at least one dimension measuring less than 100 nanometers. There are two main types of nano calcium carbonate: vaterite and calcite. Vaterite particles are spherical in shape while calcite particles occur in rhombic or rhombohedral shapes.

The smaller particle size of nano calcium carbonate allows it to blend easily into formulations without altering properties like texture or viscosity. It has higher surface area as compared to regular calcium carbonate which makes it very reactive. These characteristics make it suitable for use in applications like packaging, paper, paints, rubber and plastics where it can improve mechanical strength and act as a versatile filler or coating agent. Some key advantages of nano calcium carbonate include enhanced properties at lower usage rates, improved opacity and brightness in paper coatings, better dispersion in water-based systems and compatibility with heat-sensitive substrates. However, working with nanoparticles requires specialized safety precautions and its ultra-fine particles pose an inhalation hazard if proper protective equipment is not used. Strict quality controls are also needed during production to ensure consistency in particle size distribution.

Global Nano Calcium Carbonate Market- Regional Insights

  • North America- North America accounts for a share of 20.3% in the global nano calcium carbonate market. The U.S. is home to several top manufacturers with a strong production footprint. Companies based in the U.S. such as Specialty Minerals, OMYA, and Imerys leverage their technical expertise and economies of scale to cater to diverse end-use industries.
  • Europe- It is expected to be the second-largest market for nano calcium carbonate, accounting for over 22.3% of the market share in 2024
  • Asia Pacific- Asia Pacific region is the dominant region globally accounting for around 47.0% share in the nano calcium carbonate market in 2024. China represents the largest market as it accounts for a dominant share of the global production and consumption of nano calcium carbonate. It also exports significant amounts of nano calcium carbonate to other Asian countries and regions across the globe.

Figure 1. Global Nano Calcium Carbonate Market Share (%), By Region, 2024

Nano Calcium Carbonate Market By Region

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Analyst Viewpoint:

Global nano calcium carbonate market is expected to witness steady growth in the near future. The paper and plastic industries remain the major end users driving demand. Nano calcium carbonate offers superior properties as compared to regular calcium carbonate such as better absorbency, dispersibility and brightness which make it an ideal additive for paper and polymer applications. The paints and coatings industry will contribute significantly to revenue growth as nano calcium carbonate provides improved glossiness, opacity and durability to paint films. Asia Pacific dominates the global production and consumption landscape owing to the presence of China which is the world's largest manufacturer and consumer of nano calcium carbonate.

However, stringent regulations surrounding nanomaterial production and its usage pose a challenge. Extensive testing is required to ensure worker and environmental safety. High production costs also limit its widespread adoption. Moreover, availability of substitutes such as precipitated calcium carbonate and kaolin restricts market expansion. Rising raw material costs exert pressure on profit margins. Nonetheless, increasing penetration in high performance applications opens up new opportunities. Given their antimicrobial qualities that make them suitable for hygienic goods, medical grade and coated types have enormous promise. The personal care sector represents another avenue for revenue generation. Continued R&D focus on enhancing properties through novel synthesis techniques and downstream modifications could lead to fresh advancements and applications.

Global Nano Calcium Carbonate Market- Drivers

  • Growing demand from paper industry: The paper industry has been one of the major end-use sectors of nano calcium carbonate over the past few years. Nano calcium carbonate is used as a filler and coating material in the paper manufacturing process. It helps to improve the opacity and brightness of paper when used in appropriate quantities. Moreover, nano calcium carbonate enhances the smoothness and printability of paper surfaces. With rising incomes and growth in literacy rates in developing economies, the demand for printing and writing paper has increased steadily. Various grades of paper such as copy paper, newspaper, magazines, packaging paper, and others are in high demand. The paper industry is constantly striving to improve the quality of paper products and reduce production costs. Nano calcium carbonate with its unique properties helps the industry to manufacture better quality paper using lesser amount of materials. It allows higher loading levels and provides comparable or superior optical properties at lower dosage compared to conventional fillers. This has fueled the adoption of nano calcium carbonate by major paper manufacturers. Another key factor is the shift towards lightweight paper grades without compromising on strength and print quality requirements. Nano calcium carbonate facilitates this transition towards lightweight papers. Use of nano fillers enhances opacity, gloss and smoothness even at lower basis weights. This enables paper producers to develop innovative paper products. Growing environmental concerns have also boosted the use of nano calcium carbonate as it offers sustainability advantages over conventional fillers owing to its high performance at lower usage levels. The rising output of paper worldwide is bound to propel the consumption of nano calcium carbonate in the paper industry in the coming years. For instances, according to UNCTAD, the global e-commerce sales grew exponentially to around US$ 27 Trillion in 2021 and is estimated to touch over 35 trillion dollars by 2023.
  • Expanding application scope in paints and coatings: The paints and coatings sector is emerging as a promising end-use area for nano calcium carbonate. Traditionally, conventional calcium carbonate has been used extensively as a filler in various paint and coating formulations to improve qualities like opacity, gloss, mechanical strength and durability. However, with advancements in nanotechnology, its nano-sized version is gaining popularity. Nano calcium carbonate exhibits a number of properties that make it attractive for paint and coatings. Its high surface area and reactivity allows for enhanced properties at lower inclusion rates as compared to micron-sized fillers. In architectural and decorative paints, nano calcium carbonate delivers better opacity, hiding power and coloring efficiency. This enables paint manufacturers to develop paints with improved performance yet at competitive prices. It finds application in automotive OEM and refinish paints where it provides characteristics like scratch resistance, weatherability and enhanced metallic effect. Moreover, with shifting environmental and consumer preferences, low VOC and waterborne paints have emerged as an industry trend. Nano calcium carbonate with its unique encapsulation technology assists paint formulators in developing next-gen sustainable paint systems. This widespread adoption of waterborne technologies boosts need for advanced pigment technologies like nano fillers. Regulatory push for greener products along with the benefits of utilizing nano calcium carbonate is expected to spur its incorporation in a diverse range of paint and coating types going forward. For instances, according to projections by the World Bank, in 2021,  global GDP is expected to rise by 4.1% in 2021 and 3.2% in 2022 after a 3.5% decline in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Global Nano Calcium Carbonate Market- Opportunities

  • Emerging applications in healthcare sector: Emerging applications in the healthcare sector present a major opportunity for growth of nano calcium carbonate market. Calcium carbonate nanoparticles are increasingly being used in drug delivery and biomedical applications due to their low toxicity, biocompatibility and biodegradability. These nanoparticles can enhance the efficiency of drug formulations by improving drug solubility, stability and bioavailability.  For example, according to a research article published in January 2023 issue by Journal of American Orthopaedic Association, a nano calcium carbonate composite coating on a trial hip implant led to complete bone growth and bonding within 3 months of surgery in a study of 20 patients, much quicker than the traditional 6-12 month period.
  • Increased spending on infrastructure: Increased spending on infrastructure could provide significant opportunities for growth of nano calcium carbonate market. Government investments in upgrading and expanding transport, energy and water infrastructure networks boosts demand for nano calcium carbonate. As a multifunctional mineral filler and reinforcing pigment, nano calcium carbonate finds wide application in enhancing the strength, durability and performance of construction materials like cement, concrete and composites. With growing allocation towards developing resilient and sustainable infrastructure, the usage of nanominerals like calcium carbonate is expected to rise in this sector. For instance, nano calcium carbonate was shown to decrease the clinker content in cement by nearly 15% while maintaining performance, according to a study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production in 2021.

Global Nano Calcium Carbonate Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 8.72 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 – 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 9.8% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 16.77 Bn
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 Application: Plastics, Rubber, Building & Construction, Others
Companies covered:

Imerys, Minerals Technologies, Inc., Nanomaterials Technology Co., Ltd., Shanghai Yaohua Nano-Tech Co., Ltd., Hebei Lixin Chemistry Co., Ltd., Omya AG, Yuncheng Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd., Chu Shin Chemical Co., Ltd., Enping Yueyi Chemistry Industry Co., Ltd., Fujian Sanmu Nano Calcium Carbonate Co., Ltd., Guangdong Qiangda New Materials Technology Co., Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing demand from paper industry
  • Expanding application scope in paints and coatings
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Lack of standardized regulations
  • High Research And Development (R&D)

Global Nano Calcium Carbonate Market- Trends

  • Development of multi-functional nanoparticles: The development of multi-functional nanoparticles is having a significant impact on the nano calcium carbonate market. Nano calcium carbonate traditionally has been used as a basic filler or extender in plastics, paper, paints and coatings to improve properties like opacity and durability. For instance, according to a study conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2021, paint manufacturers in the U.S. are able to reduce their raw material consumption by an average of 8-10% by leveraging multifunctional nano fillers. This is helping the paint companies to lower their environmental footprint.
  • Rising demand from Asia Pacific region: The demand for nano calcium carbonate from the Asia Pacific region has been steadily growing over the past few years and is expected to continue rising. This increasing demand is primarily from countries like China, India, Japan and South Korea which are leading industrialized nations within the region. Nano calcium carbonate finds widespread usage in a variety of industries ranging from paints & coatings to plastics & polymers to construction materials. The Asia Pacific region has seen tremendous economic growth over the past decade which has fueled rapid industrialization and infrastructure development activities across countries. For instance, in 2021, Minerals Technologies expanded its existing nano calcium carbonate plant in Ningxia, China, to meet the escalating demand from paint, plastic and paper industries.

Global Nano Calcium Carbonate Market- Restraints

  • Lack of standardized regulations: The lack of standardized regulations is significantly restraining the growth of the nano calcium carbonate market. Without consistent and uniform rules that govern all aspects of production, safety, usage and disposal across jurisdictions, various challenges arise. Different countries and regions have adopted divergent regulatory frameworks concerning nano calcium carbonate. This makes it incredibly difficult for companies operating globally to navigate the complex regulatory landscape and adhere to all requirements. Higher compliance costs trying to understand and follow the laws of each territory these are present in. The regulatory uncertainty also deters investors from putting money into R&D and scaling up manufacturing facilities.
  • High Research and Development (R&D) costs: The high research and development costs involved in the production of nano calcium carbonate poses a significant challenge for market growth. Producing nano calcium carbonate requires extensive experimentation and testing at the molecular level to engineer particles with precise sizes, shapes, crystal structures and other characteristics. This level of control and customization during the manufacturing process demands heavy investments into advanced laboratory equipment, development of new production techniques and employment of highly skilled scientific workforce.

Counterbalance- Significant investments in R&D could lead to advancements that either enhance the applications for nano calcium carbonate or deemphasize its importance if alternative materials are developed.

Figure 2. Global Nano Calcium Carbonate Market Share (%), By Application, 2024

Nano Calcium Carbonate Market By Application

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Recent Developments

  • In April 2023, Minerals Technologies Inc. announced that it had entered into three long-term precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) supply agreements that will further expand the company’s Specialty Additives product line in China and India. Minerals Technologies Inc (MTI) is a specialty minerals company. The company develops, produces, and markets a wide range of specialty mineral, mineral-based, and synthetic mineral products. MTI's products are utilized in industries such as paper, steel, polymer, and other manufacturing sectors on a global scale.
  • In March 2023, the University of California, Berkeley announced the development of a new method for producing nano calcium carbonate from recycled materials. The new method is said to be more environmentally friendly than traditional methods of producing nano calcium carbonate. The University of California, Berkeley, founded in 1868, is a public institution known for its academic excellence, research, and social and political activism.

Top Players in the Global Nano Calcium Carbonate Market

  • Imerys
  • Minerals Technologies, Inc.
  • Nanomaterials Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Shanghai Yaohua Nano-Tech Co., Ltd.
  • Hebei Lixin Chemistry Co., Ltd.
  • Omya AG
  • Yuncheng Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd.
  • Chu Shin Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Enping Yueyi Chemistry Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Fujian Sanmu Nano Calcium Carbonate Co., Ltd.
  • Guangdong Qiangda New Materials Technology Co., Ltd

Definition: Nano calcium carbonate (CaCO3) refers to calcium carbonate particles at the nanoscale, which are considered chemically inert and have gained significant attention due to their wide range of applications. These applications include use in biosensing, drug delivery, tissue engineering, antimicrobial activity, and as a filler material in various industries such as plastic, paper, paint, sealant, and adhesive industries. Nano calcium carbonate is also being explored as an environmentally friendly alternative to materials like fly ash in the cement industry, offering improved mechanical properties and durability to concrete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lack of standardized regulations and high research and development (R&D) costs are the key factors hampering the growth of the global nano calcium carbonate market.  

Growing demand from paper industry and expanding application scope in paints and coatings are the major factors driving the global nano calcium carbonate market growth.

Plastics segment is the leading application segment in the global nano calcium carbonate market.

The major players operating in the global nano calcium carbonate market are Imerys, Minerals Technologies, Inc., Nanomaterials Technology Co., Ltd., Shanghai Yaohua Nano-Tech Co., Ltd., Hebei Lixin Chemistry Co., Ltd., Omya AG, Yuncheng Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd., Chu Shin Chemical Co., Ltd., Enping Yueyi Chemistry Industry Co., Ltd., Fujian Sanmu Nano Calcium Carbonate Co., Ltd., Guangdong Qiangda New Materials Technology Co., Ltd.

Asia Pacific leads the global nano calcium carbonate market.

The CAGR of the global nano calcium carbonate market is 9.8%.

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