Mineral Sand Mining in Australia: Market Research Report

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Mineral Sand Mining Market Research Report | ANZSIC B0805 | Jun 2014

Shifting sands: Higher output and prices lift revenue after a slump last year

IBISWorld’s Mineral Sand Mining market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Australia dominates world output of the major mineral sands. In 2013-14, its mineral sands production is expected to be about 500,000 tonnes of synthetic rutile, 450,000 tonnes of rutile, 1.4 million tonnes of ilmenite, 900,000 tonnes of zircon and 40,000 tonnes of leucoxene. Exports are expected to account for almost half of this production, sold mainly to pigment manufacturers although zircon is primarily sold to producers of refractory bricks (used in metal smelting operations). The largest export market is China.

The Mineral Sand Mining industry is expected to generate revenue of $2.4 billion in 2013-14, up from $1.8 billion in 2008-09, resulting in an annualised increase of 5.8% over the past five years... purchase to read more

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Mineral sand mining has the characteristics of a growth industry. This is due to strong industry revenue growth in the past five years. Further, industry value added, which is the industry's contribution to national GDP, is estimated to increase at an annualised rate of 6.3% in the 10 years through 2018-19. This is more than twice the growth rate of Australia's GDP over the same period at an estimated 2.6%. The industry's high value added growth is also due to high profit margins.

The bulk of production is accounted for by well-established industry operations. However, production volumes are quite volatile and have generally declined in the past five years... purchase to read more


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What is the Mineral Sand Mining Industry?

Firms in this industry are primarily engaged in mining mineral sands such as rutile, ilmenite, and leucoxene, which contain titanium. The industry also mines for zircon sand and produces synthetic rutile.

Industry Products
RutileIlmeniteZirconLeucoxeneSynthetic rutileOther mineral sands
Industry Activities
Ilmenite sand miningLeucoxene sand miningMineral sand miningMonazite sand miningRutile sand miningSynthetic rutile productionZircon sand mining

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