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
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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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


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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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