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Mineral Sand Mining in Australia: Market Research Report

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Mineral Sand Mining Market Research Report | ANZSIC B0805 | Oct 2016

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

IBISWorld’s Mineral Sand Mining market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$2bn
Annual Growth 12-17
-3.1%
Annual Growth 17-22
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Employment
3,780
Businesses
135
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%... 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 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... purchase to read more

 


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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, that 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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