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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 provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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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

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The Mineral Sand Mining industry is in the decline phase of its life cycle. This is due to industry revenue falls in the past five years. Further, industry value added, which is the industry's contribution to national GDP, is estimated to decrease at an annualised rate of 1.6% in the 10 years through 2020-21. This is in contrast to the growth rate of Australia's GDP over the same period at an estimated 2.8%. This shows that the industry will account for a smaller proportion of the economy in 2020-21 than it did in 2010-11.

The bulk of production is accounted for by well-established industry operations. However, production volumes are volatile from year to year 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 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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