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Calcium Carbonate
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About Calcium Carbonate. Calcium Carbonate (a.k.a. CaCO3) is a non-toxic and odorless inorganic salt, commonly found as a white mineral (calcite) that occurs naturally in chalks, limestones, and marbles. These rocks are classified as limestones, a general term used for a rock containing varying proportions of calcite and dolomite. In nature, it can also be found as the main component of shells, pearls, and eggs. The quality of Calcium Carbonate depends on some factors: purity, whiteness, homogeneity, and thickness. Calcium carbonate is a very versatile mineral filler and has a wide variety of applications.

Depending on the production process, diferent types of Calcium Carbonate are obtained, natural or precipitated (PCC). Natural CaCO3 is taken directly from mines of chalk, limestone and marble, which are crushed passed through separation processes like flotation or cyclones to remove impurities. This pathway is heavily dependant on the purity of the natural deposits. On ther other hand, PCC is the product of bubbling the calcium oxide in water until the formation of white particles are observed, which are crystals of Calcium Carbonate. The oxide can be obtained from several routes, but the most common one is via calcination of limestone.

Calcium Carbonate Handling. Screened sizes of limestone are stored in bunkers and outside stockpiles. Fine grades are generally stored in sealed bunkers. Calcium carbonate is usually transported in drums by railroad or ocean. Both natural ground or precipitated calcium carbonate are available as dry products shipped in 22.7 kg multiwall bags, supersacks, or bulk via truck and railcar. Calcium carbonate slurry, primarily used by the paper industry, is shipped by truck and rail. The solids content of these slurries is typically > 70% by weight for ground products and 20 - 50% for precipitated. It has been estimated that over 75% of limestone is transported by road. In addition, it is not flammable, is listed as a food additive (by the Food Chemicals Codex), and is not considered a toxic material.

Calcium Carbonate Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Calcium Carbonate are listed below.

  • Limestone (marble or chalk) (ore purification),
  • Carbon dioxide + calcium hydroxide (precipitated process),
  • Calcium chloride + sodium carbonate (precipitated process)

Calcium Carbonate Uses.The uses and applications of Calcium Carbonate may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Calcium Carbonate are precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC, smaller, more pure crystals), ground calcium carbonate (GCC, bigger, less pure crystals), powder (min. purity of 98%, coated and uncoated), and slurry (min. purity of 98%, water suspended).

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Calcium Carbonate Price Outlook. The price of Calcium Carbonate (United States) increased during April 2019 to 1,040 USD per metric ton, which represents a considerable rise of 22% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Calcium Carbonate (United States) increased modestly by 2%. Meanwhile, the average price of Calcium Carbonate (Europe) amounted to 74 USD per metric ton, from 190 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Calcium Carbonate (Europe) is 0.3% lower than the price one month before.

The price of Calcium Carbonate (Northeast Asia) declined slightly throughout April 2019, reaching 247 USD per metric ton.  The price is 0.8% lower than the average price in the previous month and 6% lower than the average price one year before.

About Calcium Carbonate. Calcium Carbonate (a.k.a. CaCO3) is a non-toxic and odorless inorganic salt, commonly found as a white mineral (calcite) that occurs naturally in chalks, limestones, and marbles. These rocks are classified as limestones, a general term used for a rock containing varying proportions of calcite and dolomite. In nature, it can also be found as the main component of shells, pearls, and eggs. The quality of Calcium Carbonate depends on some factors: purity, whiteness, homogeneity, and thickness. Calcium carbonate is a very versatile mineral filler and has a wide variety of applications.

Depending on the production process, diferent types of Calcium Carbonate are obtained, natural or precipitated (PCC). Natural CaCO3 is taken directly from mines of chalk, limestone and marble, which are crushed passed through separation processes like flotation or cyclones to remove impurities. This pathway is heavily dependant on the purity of the natural deposits. On ther other hand, PCC is the product of bubbling the calcium oxide in water until the formation of white particles are observed, which are crystals of Calcium Carbonate. The oxide can be obtained from several routes, but the most common one is via calcination of limestone.

Calcium Carbonate Handling. Screened sizes of limestone are stored in bunkers and outside stockpiles. Fine grades are generally stored in sealed bunkers. Calcium carbonate is usually transported in drums by railroad or ocean. Both natural ground or precipitated calcium carbonate are available as dry products shipped in 22.7 kg multiwall bags, supersacks, or bulk via truck and railcar. Calcium carbonate slurry, primarily used by the paper industry, is shipped by truck and rail. The solids content of these slurries is typically > 70% by weight for ground products and 20 - 50% for precipitated. It has been estimated that over 75% of limestone is transported by road. In addition, it is not flammable, is listed as a food additive (by the Food Chemicals Codex), and is not considered a toxic material.

Calcium Carbonate Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Calcium Carbonate are listed below.

  • Limestone (marble or chalk) (ore purification),
  • Carbon dioxide + calcium hydroxide (precipitated process),
  • Calcium chloride + sodium carbonate (precipitated process)

Calcium Carbonate Uses.The uses and applications of Calcium Carbonate may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Calcium Carbonate are precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC, smaller, more pure crystals), ground calcium carbonate (GCC, bigger, less pure crystals), powder (min. purity of 98%, coated and uncoated), and slurry (min. purity of 98%, water suspended).

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