Bentonite is clay generated frequently from the alteration of volcanic ash, consisting predominantly of smectite minerals, usually montmorillonite. Other smectite group minerals include hectorite, saponite, beidelite and nontronite. Bentonite presents strong colloidal properties and its volume increases several times when coming into contact with water, creating a gelatinous and viscous fluid. The special properties of bentonite (hydration, swelling, water absorption, viscosity, thixotropy) make it a valuable material for a wide range of uses and applications.
Bentonite Market size was over USD 1.1 billion in 2017 and industry expects consumption above 25 million tons by 2024. U.S. Sodium Bentonite Market Size, By Application, 2017 & 2024, (Kilo Tons). This facilitates the development of new technologies and ensures a high quality product.
Few Indian major players are as under
· Ashapura Minechem Ltd.
· Bituminex Cochin Pvt. Ltd.
· Earth International Pvt. Ltd.
· Gimpex Pvt. Ltd.
· Laviosa India Pvt. Ltd.
· Neelkanth Rockminerals Ltd.