Sanded smooth: Industry revenue increases despite flat output volumes

Australia is a major mineral sands mining country due to its large natural reserves and extensive mining sites. However, industry production volumes have remained largely flat over 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 mainly sold to pigment manufacturers, while zircon is primarily sold to producers of refractory bricks for use in metal smelting operations. Therefore, industry demand is largely derived from these downstream manufacturing markets.Revenue for the Mineral Sand Mining industry is expected to increase at an annualised more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Australia has large mineral sand reserves, and extensive mining sites
  • As premium reserves diminish, mines have turned to more expensive lower grade mineral sands
  • Industry growth will be driven by greater production volumes and higher prices over the period
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The Mineral Sand Mining industry primarily produces mineral sands that have undergone limited processing, such as rutile, ilmenite, zircon and leucoxene. The industry also produces synthetic rutile through basic beneficiation processes.Synthetic rutileThe industry's largest product segment is synthetic rutile. This is produced by heating, separating or aerating ilmenite, and is therefore known as upgraded ilmenite. Similar to naturally occurring rutile, synthetic rutile is used to produce titanium dioxide pigment. Synthetic rutile has declined as a proportion of industry revenue over the past five years due to lower pricing, and limited demand from downstream plastics, paint, coatings, rubber and paper manufacturing industries...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Mineral Sand Mining Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Mineral Sand Mining Industry are

  • Availability of mineral sands resources
  • Downstream ownership links
  • Output is sold under contract - Incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from polymer product and rubber product manufacturing and Demand from basic chemical manufacturing in the Mineral Sand Mining industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Mineral Sand Mining Industry?

    Industry firms 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 concentrate
  • Ilmenite concentrate
  • Zircon concentrate
  • Leucoxene concentrate
  • Synthetic rutile
  • Other mineral sands
  • Industry Activities
  • Ilmenite sand mining
  • Leucoxene sand mining
  • Mineral sand mining
  • Monazite sand mining
  • Rutile sand mining
  • Synthetic rutile production
  • Zircon sand mining
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from polymer product and rubber product manufacturing
  • Demand from basic chemical manufacturing
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Demand from pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturing
  • Road freight service price

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profit
  • International trade
  • Structure and employment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Mineral sand output
  • International trade
  • Structure and employment
  • Table: Mineral Sand Mining Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Mineral Sand Mining Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing
  • Synthetic Resin and Synthetic Rubber Manufacturing
  • Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing
  • Gold and Other Non-Ferrous Metal Processing
  • Paint and Coatings Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Contract Mining Services
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Mining and Industrial Machinery Wholesaling
  • Petroleum Product Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Synthetic rutile
  • Rutile concentrate
  • Zircon concentrate
  • Leucoxene concentrate
  • Ilmenite concentrate
  • Other mineral sands
  • Chart: Mineral Sand Mining Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Domestic titanium dioxide producers
  • Other domestic manufacturers
  • Export markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Mineral Sand Mining Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Mineral Sand Mining

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Mineral Sand Mining Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Iluka Resources Limited, Tronox Limited, Cristal Australia Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Iluka Resources Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Tronox Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Cristal Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Mineral Sand Mining Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Mineral Sand Mining Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Mineral Sands Output (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A mechanical process, such as grinding, washing, magnetic separation and centrifugal separation, in which a mineral ore is reduced to particles that can be separated into mineral and waste.
  • Concentrate
  • A very fine, powder-like product containing the valuable ore mineral from which some of the waste mineral has been eliminated.
  • Dredging
  • The scooping of material from underneath a bay or river.
  • Synthetic Rutile
  • A product manufactured from ilmenite, with a titanium content similar to that of natural rutile.
  • Titanium Dioxide Pigment
  • Produced from processed mineral sand, titanium dioxide pigment is used as a brightener in paint, coating, plastics, rubber and paper products.
  • Titanium Feedstock
  • Mainly comprises ilmenite, natural rutile and synthetic rutile, and is processed to produce titanium dioxide pigment and other related products.
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