Published By : 03 Aug 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Calcium carbonate is used for both industrial and commercial purposes. Major application areas of calcium carbonate include paper, paints and coatings, plastic, construction, food, and pharmaceutical. Calcium carbonate in the form of Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC) and Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) is used as filler in the paper industry to enhance brightness and improve opacity. It is also used as an ingredient in cement and as filler in building and construction materials, thus boosting its demand. The rising usage of paper in the educational sector, packaging sector, and in the FMCG sector has collectively increased the demand for calcium carbonate.
After a long period of recession, many new construction projects have started and have increased mining capabilities. Growth in the infrastructure sector is especially very high in Asia, Brazil, and the Middle East and Africa. An increase in the population and rise in the disposable income of the people in these geographies have led to an upsurge in construction activities, fueling the demand for calcium carbonate.
Adverse Effects of Excessive Consumption of Calcium Carbonate to Impede Demand from Food and Pharmaceutical Sectors
Although calcium is integral for teeth and bones, and helps in the treatment of osteoporosis, an excess of it can cause heart attacks, hypercalcemia, kidney stones, acid rebound, and constipation, among other issues. Calcium should be taken in appropriate amounts, depending on the age and requirement of the patient. As such, the demand of calcium carbonate will be restricted by the pharmaceutical and food sector.
Development of Synthetic Calcium Carbonate to Open New Avenues of Growth
Researchers have come up with a new technology that enables the manufacturing of synthetic calcium carbonate. This technology allows microscopic calcium carbonate particles to be synthesized with perfect consistency. The fact that this new material can be produced from by-products, waste raw materials, and other such inferior materials, makes it cost effective. Most importantly, the purity of calcium carbonate produced by this technology increases the polymer strength, brightness and gloss of paper. As such, the development of synthetic calcium carbonate is expected to create a new opportunity of growth in the market.