What Can You Use Talc For?

The incredibly soft mineral talc has a wide range of uses, from chewing gum and makeup to industrial applications. Its soft and soapy feel gives it strong effectiveness in industrial settings, both as a product and in the manufacturing process.

What talc is used for in different industries

The versatility of talc allows it to fulfill many roles in many different industries

Food and Agriculture

Talc is used as an anti-sticking and anti-caking agent. The white powder used to make sure chewing gum doesn’t stick to its wrapper can be a talc compound. Also, in the manufacturing of animal feed, talc is used as an anti-caking agent to make sure that the process runs smoothly.


Talc can greatly improve the performance of primers and wall paint. It offers more hiding power for coats of paint, it makes it easier to apply and reduces cracking when it dries, and in primers, it reduces corrosion.


Talc can transform your ceramics, too, like flooring, tiles, and technical ceramics. Talc increases the efficiency of creating ceramic tiles by lowering the firing temperature needed. Also, certain kinds of talc compound when fired transform to give the ceramic insulating properties from electricity.

Personal Care

With talc’s soft feel and lubricating abilities, it has many applications in makeup. In blush, talc gives it its silky feel. Talc also gives transparency to foundations. Plus, talc gives beauty creams their slight shine.


Talc is used in many automotive plastics throughout the vehicle, as well as household goods. When added to polypropylene, talc gives the compound a stronger stiffness and higher dimensional stability. When used in food packaging applications, talc is a great choice for a reinforcing filler.


Talc can improve both the quality of paper products and the efficiency of manufacturing them. Talc reduces the surface friction of paper so that manufacturers can make the paper more quickly with less wear on their machines. Also, it’s used as a pitch-control agent, absorbing resinous particles and sticking to them so that it can be sorted out without polluting the process water. In the paper products themselves, talc reduces the level of ink scuff.


In all rubber compounds, talc improves the viscosity and allows the rubber to be molded more easily. In automotive rubber, talc increases UV radiation resistance for vehicle exteriors, and in tire manufacturing, it is a useful processing aid. For sealants, talc improves the compression resistance, and in pharmaceutical stoppers, it helps block out liquids.

Plastic Service Center | Industrial talc and talc compounds

If you’re involved in any of the many industries where talc can improve your products’ quality and ease of manufacturing, then contact Plastic Service Center for all your talc needs. We have a large inventory and efficient shipping processes so that you can get the materials you need when you need them. We ship all throughout the U.S.A., Canada, and Mexico, so don’t worry about being out of our range!

Call today at (586) 371-7886 to ask about our talc products or send in an online contact form for more information!