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Kaolin

The basics behind where kaolin comes from

On the surface, it looks unremarkable. A platy soft white clay mined and processed by BASF in Georgia, kaolin can hide just how versatile and vital it is to a diverse list of industries by appearance alone.

First discovered in China, kaolin has been used in the making of porcelain and fine china for centuries. Today, however, kaolin is an important and cost-effective pigment in many paper and paperboard, paints and coatings, plastics, wire and cable and in concrete among many others.

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Kaolin for thermal paper

BASF thermal paper grades provide a high level of surface smoothness and wax absorption, which are highly desirable for producing a quality print. Because at BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future.

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Calcined kaolin for paper

Simply stated, paper is coated to improve print quality and reduce costs. Kaolin products are more affordable than fiber and other paper ingredients; hence lower costs.