Stable salt: Revenue has grown steadily over the past five years due to rising lithium demand

The Salt and Other Mineral Mining market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Salt and Other Mineral Mining industry's major products are salt, lithium and phosphate minerals. A large proportion of the salt produced by industry operators is exported to chemical product manufacturing plants in Asia, while lithium is also mainly exported. Australia's salt production is expected to total 12.1 million tonnes in 2016-17, down from 13.6 million tonnes in 2011-12, as miners have reduced output in response to low pricing. Despite lower production volumes than other major salt-producing countries, Australia is the world's leading exporter of salt, exporting the bulk of its production. Lithium and phosphate output has increased over the past five years in response to higher export demand. Other important industry products are silica, gypsum and magnesite...

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Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The industry's barriers to entry are generally high, despite some variance according to the product being mined. Barriers to entry to the salt mining segment are high due to the process being extremely land-intensive, with most existing producers having close links with downstream salt processing and manufacturing companies. A new entrant would likely face a difficult task gaining customers from major existing salt producers. Salt is generally produced to customer specifications, requiring considerable expertise to fulfil these requirements. Also, the lag between establishing an operation and the harvesting and sale of salt is considerable (over 12 months), requiring substantial sums of working capital.


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Industry Products

What is the Salt and Other Mineral Mining Industry?

Industry firms harvest salt and mine or quarry non-metallic and related minerals such as phosphate rock, silica, gypsum, magnesite, talc and lithium minerals. Industry firms also carry out some basic processing functions.

Industry Products
Phosphate rock
Silica sand
Other minerals
Lithium minerals
Industry Activities
Barite mining
Graphite mining
Gypsum quarrying
Lithium mining
Magnesia mining
Phosphate rock mining
Salt harvesting
Silica sand quarrying
Talc mining
Other non-metallic mineral mining

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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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