Sanded down: Production volumes have decreased due to weak demand and low prices

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.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Australia dominates world output of the major mineral sands due to large natural reserves and extensive mining sites. However, industry production volumes have declined 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, 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 decline at an annualised 3.1%...

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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 increased as a proportion of industry revenue in the past five years due to higher pricing and greater demand compared to other industry segments.


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Industry Products

What is the Mineral Sand Mining Industry?

Industry firms are primarily engaged in mining mineral sands, such as rutile, ilmenite, and leucoxene, that 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

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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