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Mineral Sand Mining in Australia: Market Research Report

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Mineral Sand Mining Market Research Report | ANZSIC B0805 | Nov 2015

Line in the sand: Lower volumes and pricing have reduced industry revenue

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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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$2bn
Annual Growth 11-16
-2.7%
Annual Growth 16-21
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Employment
3,520
Businesses
137
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Australia dominates world output of the major mineral sands due to large natural reserves and extensive mining sites. However, industry volumes have declined in the past five years due to volatile pricing and mixed downstream demand. A high proportion of the industry's products are processed by downstream smelting and refining companies prior to export or for use by domestic manufacturers. Titanium dioxide products are sold mainly to pigment manufacturers, although zircon is primarily sold to producers of refractory bricks (to be used in metal smelting operations). Therefore, industry demand is largely derived from these downstream manufacturing markets.

The Mineral Sand Mining industry is expected to generate revenue of $2.1 billion in 2015-16, with an annualised decline of 2.7%... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

The majority of industry products are mineral sands that have undergone limited processing, such as rutile, ilmenite, zircon and leucoxene. The industry also produces synthetic rutile through basic beneficiation processes.

Zircon concentrate

Zircon is resistant to abrasions and high temperatures. It is used to manufacture opaque glazes for ceramic tiles and sanitary ware, to protect the interior of furnaces in foundry refractories, and for metal castings. A high proportion of zircon is exported, particularly to China for ceramic tile manufacturing. This segment has declined slightly as a proportion of industry revenue in the past five years due to lower Chinese tile output since 2012-13, which reduced demand for zircon concentrate... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Mineral Sand Mining Industry?

Firms in the industry are primarily engaged in mining mineral sands such as rutile, ilmenite, and leucoxene, which contain titanium to produce titanium dioxide pigment. Industry firms also mine for zircon sand to produce synthetic rutile.

Industry Products
Rutile concentrateIlmenite concentrateZircon concentrateLeucoxene concentrateSynthetic rutileOther mineral sands
 
Industry Activities
Ilmenite sand miningLeucoxene sand miningMineral sand miningMonazite sand miningRutile sand miningSynthetic rutile productionZircon sand mining


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