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Healthy Growth Opportunities Visible in Indian Talc Industry
An Analysis by The INDIA WATCH
Despite a backlash due to COVID-19, Indian talc industry is set to grow at a healthy rate
in the coming years. India is the 3rd largest producer of talc after China & Brazil. Talc
due to its excellent qualities such as softness & smoothness, lubricating property, low
moisture content, chemical inertness, low heat & electricity conductivity, & beautiful
luster finds wide industrial & commercial applications.
Key growth drivers of the talc industry in India include paper & pulp industry, paints,
chemicals, fabrications, cosmetics & much more. A large number of talc deposits are
concentrated in the Western province of Rajasthan followed by other provinces such as
Andhra Pradesh & Uttarakhand.
Reserves & Applications
The current reserves of talc are roughly 309 million tonnes in India. Most of the mines
are open cast where work done is either manual or semi & fully mechanized. In the
Province of Rajasthan & Andhra Pradesh, there are also underground mines.
India constitutes around 11% of the global talc production alongside Mexico. China
leads global talc production, constituting 32%. Brazil comprises of around 14% of the
global market. The Indian talc is believed to be of good quality and comes next to its
In India over half of the talc produced is utilized in the paper industry. In the paper
industry, talc is used to give porosity, opacity, & smoothness and to contain cost.
Likewise, they are extensively used in the paint, ceramic & agrichemical industries
(pesticides & fertilizers). Increasingly, talc is also finding usages in refractors,
foundries, switchboards, electrodes, etc.
In India, overall talc production has risen by around ~2% CAGR from FY 16 to FY 19,
which is aligned with the global growth in commercial & industrial consumption of
talc. While the demand in the cosmetic sector has dipped, in the paint industry it has
marginally risen by a CAGR of 0.7%.
There has been a steep rise in the use of talc in the ceramic industry. Besides used as
fillers, they are used as a catalyst in ceramic production due to their high thermal
resistance. The addition of talc in the ceramic can make them more thermal shock
resistance, notably, improve their texture & acid resistance, and reduce cracking.
As the Indian ceramic industry is set for robust growth, it will continue to push the
demand for talc. The industrial town of Morbi, located in the province of Gujarat is one
of the biggest talc producing clusters in the world. Indian ceramic tile industry has
reached USD 4.4 billion in FY 19, from USD 2.9 billion in FY 15, clocking a CAGR of
Despite strains in the supply chain on the face of the recent pandemic, the Indian talc
industry is set to grow steadily in the times to come on the back of rising domestic
demand. India is also ramping up its export. India is one of the largest producers of lava
grade talc, which is popular in international markets.
As the industry will grow, it will generate more demand & opportunities across the
value chain. Domestic & international companies looking to venture the lucrative
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