Attapulgite is sometimes referred to as salt gel and/or fullers earth. Attapulgite is a hydrous magnesium aluminosilicate with formula (Mg,Al)2Si4O10(OH)4(H2O) that occurs in a type of clay soil produced in fine powder as gel and absorbent grades. It is needle like structure
Processing of the clays consist of drying and grinding the crude clay to specific particle size distributions with specific ranges of gel viscosity measured by a variety of means depending on the end use.
Dry – processed attapulgite are used in a very wide range of applications for suspension, reinforcement, gelling agent, stabiling agent and binding properties.
Paints, Construction, Tape-joint Compound, Catalysts, Suspension Fertilizers, Wild-fire Suppressants, Foundry Coatings, Animal Feed Suspensions, Construction, Pharmaceuticals and Molecular Sieve Binders are just a few uses of attapulgite.