Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Australia dominates world output of the major mineral sands due to large natural reserves and extensive mining sites. Mining volumes and prices of the various mineral sand products have generally increased in the past five years. Exports are expected to account for almost half of total production and are 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 $2.5 billion in 2014-15, up from $1.8 billion in 2009-10, resulting in an annualised increase of 5.9% over the past five years. Profit has also increased over this period to account to 21.0%... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
Entry barriers to Mineral Sand Mining industry are high and increasing due to large capital requirements to establish operations and limited mineral sand mining sites. Start-up costs for a new mining or dredging operation can total hundreds of millions of dollars. Generally, only large companies with access to substantial amounts of capital are able to either purchase existing mining enterprises or start new operations. However, companies can raise funds on the stock market or raise funds by issuing debt.
In addition, the industry is subject to considerable demand and price volatility. Only firms with sufficient capital to ride out periods of low demand and weak prices are likely to survive... purchase to read more