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 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