There are different kaolin end products available for both commercial and industrial applications. It is partly for the sake of transport or distribution ease. Another reason is due to various purposes of their usage. Accordingly, you can find them in powder, noodle, or lump packed in different kaolin packaging types and sizes.
First, we will look into some consumers who use this china clay as one of the main production ingredients. Then we will continue with the availability of kaolin in different commercial packing options.
Who Uses Kaolin?
Many kaolin manufacturers offer several kaolin packaging choices for different customers. The three market areas for china clay industrial applications are paper, ceramics, and specialty minerals (Kaolin and Ball Clay Association).
The paper industry accounts for about seventy percent of the majority of total sales. This papermaking industry applies kaolin in two different ways: as a filler (between paper fibers) to enhance the printing quality and as a coating to improve the paper surface properties.
Ceramics is more likely the second most essential customer of this white clay (twenty-two percent of the total sales). We can find ceramics in many manufacturers of tableware, tiles, sanitaryware, electrical porcelain, and glazes.
Kaolin Packaging Types
Most kaolin companies ship their bulk production of white clay by different means of transport, such as by sea, rail, and road. Accordingly, they use varied materials for their commercial kaolin packaging options to accommodate different kaolin types and sizes.
There are three of the most common kaolin types commercially available. Depending on your purposes, you can choose among powder, noodle, or lump (cake or chunk) products. The variations would be raw or crude, washed, calcined, ball clay, and more.
Kaolin Packaging Sizes
Numerous kaolin companies offer different kaolin packaging sizes to meet each preference or need. They range from small to medium to large and even to jumbo sizes. Mostly measured in kilograms, a minimum order quantity in a metric ton (MT) is also applicable.
Kaolin Packaging Materials
Some companies use plastic or poly bags, while others apply PP to PP woven to container bags to pack their white clay products.
1. Plastic or Poly Bag Packaging
A plastic or polybag (or sometimes pouch) is a common type of packaging container made of thin, flexible, plastic film, non-woven fabric, or plastic textile. Many companies use this material to pack their products, ranging from magazines to food to chemicals.
Some reasons for using poly bags as kaolin packaging are strong material thanks to its HDPE and MDPE properties, highly durable, cost-effective, customizable, and highly versatile.
2. PP Woven Bag Packaging
PP bag stands for Polypropylene bag that is available in woven and non-woven forms. Also known as PP woven sack, this material is an excellent choice for heavy dray product packaging like milling, grains, sugar, food, etc.
Ideal for packaging sizes of 30 to 50 kilograms, PP woven offers superior strength, resistance to wear and tear thus less prone to holes, breaks, or cuts.
Furthermore, you can also opt for laminated or non-laminated PP woven bags for non-agricultural product packaging.
You can use it for kaolin packaging as well as other products like cement, tiles, animal feeds, ceramics, sands, and more.
3. Container Bag Packaging
A container bag or a bulk bag is an FIBC-type (flexible intermediate bulk container) packaging. Made of heavy-duty PVC coated nylon or polyester (or other flexible fabrics), they are excellent shipping containers for solid materials in powder, flakes, and granules.
Container bags have lift loops or straps, in which integrally attached devices will lift them from the top for loading and unloading processes. Accordingly, it is another good solution for kaolin packaging.
Some kaolin companies use gallons or kg of pails, fiber to steel drums as their typical kaolin bulk packaging options. There are also super sacks in ton quantities loaded in full container (FCL) or truck (T/L). It mostly will depend on each region or country policy of the kaolin origin or the white clay mineral mines.
Kaolin packaging plays another crucial role in the kaolin mining and processing stages. You can commercially offer your china clay products through different packing options. The reason is to attract different markets of various users or consumers with their respective manufacturing applications.