Organoclay: Best Organophilic Clay-Based Rheology Modifier

Introduction to Organoclay

Organoclay is a powerful compound that has been used in many industries all over the world. The use of organophilic clay has been utilized in many industries like paint, ink, and coating manufacturing. It also has been an important compound in oil field drilling. But what is it really?

Organoclays rheology modifier is a type of modified clay derived from bentonite. Bentonite itself is an absorbent swelling clay.  It is primarily composed of a mineral called montmorillonite. Bentonite clay mineral goes through a modification process where organic compounds are introduced to the bentonite’s structure. This process involves introducing organic compounds to the clay structure, resulting in the formation of organoclay. 

The organic compounds used in the modification process are typically long-chain hydrocarbons that attach themselves to the clay particles. The modification of bentonite enhances the dispersibility and stability of the organoclay and increases thixotropy., improves Suspendability, and best rheological characteristics. These properties make organophilic clay as a rheological modifier an indispensable ingredient in a wide range of industries.

Organophilic Clay Applications

The ability of bentonite to absorb water and swell is advantageous in various industries. It has unique properties and enhanced compatibility with organic materials. Organoclay especially from Zhejiang Camp-Shinning finds diverse applications in the following industries:

Oil Drilling Mud Fluid

The swelling property of organoclay allows it to absorb water and create a stable suspension that helps regulate pressure, control viscosity, and provide lubrication during drilling operations. It also absorbs water and expands. It is used in effectively cleaning the pores and enhancing the stability of the wellbore to avoid borehole collapse.

Grease Lubricants and Adhesives

Can be used as a rheological modifier in grease formulations. It improves the thixotropic behavior of grease. Organoclay has structural stability that ensures better lubrication performance. It is also used in adhesives to improve viscosity, adhesive strength, and stability.

Paints and Coatings

Utilized in both water-based and solvent-based paint and coating systems. It acts as a rheological modifier and provides excellent anti-settling and anti-sagging properties in paints and coatings. It also enhances the flow and leveling properties and improves overall coating performance. 


It also finds applications in various types of ink. This includes newspaper ink, screen ink, gravure ink, flat ink, and letterpress ink. It acts as a thixotropic and anti-settling agent, preventing pigment sedimentation, improving ink stability, and enabling consistent printing performance.

Advantages of Rheology Modifier 

A high-quality organoclay rheological modifier should provide you with all its best properties. Zhejiang Camp-Shinning’s organophilic clay has the following advantages:

  • Easy Dispersion
  • Good Suspension Performance
  • Excellent Rheological Properties
  • Pore Cleaning and Wellbore Stability
  • Perfect Thixotropic Performance
  • Good Stability in High-Temperature and High-Pressure Usage
  • White Colored Powder for Best Formulation

These advantages make organoclay a valuable additive in industries ranging from drilling and oil exploration to paints, coatings, and adhesives.

Suggested Polar Activator

The use of organic bentonite clay is best used if you choose the proper activator to make your rheological modifier. We at Zhejiang Camp-Shinning recommend using activators like methanol, ethanol, or propylene carbonate to achieve better dispersion of the bentonite-based organoclay. If applicable, you can add water to optimize the dispersibility and performance. A company like Zhejiang Camp-Shinning’s customer service is available 24/7 to answer questions about organoclay formulations. If you are unsure about the usage of organoclay as a rheological modifier to your product, call or reach out to us for guidance and assistance.


At Zhejiang Camp-Shinning, for example, the packaging of organoclay is in convenient single packs weighing 25 kilograms or 50 pounds. This standard packaging ensures easy handling and storage of the organoclay product. They also offer customization options for packaging based on your specific requirements. If you have unique packaging needs, they can work with you to develop a packaging solution that fits your preferences.

For transportation and shipment, they provide options based on a container load. With palletized packaging, they can load approximately 16 metric tons of organoclay in a 20-foot container. Without pallets, they can load approximately 18 MT of organoclay in a 20-foot container.

Choosing Your Organoclay Supplier

The selection of an organoclay supplier is as crucial as the choice of organoclay rheological modifier products. Zhejiang Camp-Shinning stands out as a reliable supplier in this sector, noted for providing high-quality organophilic clay products used as rheological modifiers.

Look for a supplier that boasts an extensive background in the production and supply of organoclay. This experience has granted them an in-depth understanding of the manufacturing and modifying processes of bentonite clay, enabling them to consistently deliver outstanding organoclay rheological modifiers. They are committed to ensuring the organoclay products they supply conform to the highest standards of quality and performance.

As a supplier of rheology modifiers, find a company with an ISO certification and several professional patent certificates. These accolades vouch for their standardized production processes and technological prowess in the manufacture and modification of raw bentonite clay minerals. They offer complete Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for their organoclay products to meet clients’ requirements.

Being a long-standing figure in the organoclay industry, Zhejiang Camp-Shinning, for example, has fostered strong relationships and partnerships with well-established global enterprises. They supply organoclay rheological modifiers to leading oil service companies, paint manufacturers, and grease and lubricant fabricators, among others. These established relationships are a testament to their credibility and serve as an avenue for potential growth and collaboration for other companies.