Graining ground: Higher prices and production volumes boost industry revenue growth

Australia is a major mineral sands mining country due to its large natural reserves and extensive mining sites. Most of the Mineral Sand Mining industry's products proceed to downstream smelting and refining companies for processing prior to being exported or used 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. Consequently, industry demand largely derives from these downstream manufacturing markets. Industry production volumes have increased over the past five years, as industry firms have increased output to benefit from higher prices.Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Australia's large mineral sand reserves and extensive mining sites drive industry activity
  • Mines have turned to more expensive lower grade mineral sands as premium reserves diminish
  • Higher prices and greater production volumes is forecast to drive industry growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Mineral Sand Mining industry is moderately concentrated, with the four largest firms estimated to account for approximately 68% of industry revenue in 2018-19. The industry concentration percentage has been highly volatile over the past five years, but has generally trended upwards. This trend has been due to major fluctuations in industry revenue and new companies entering the industry, resulting in mineral sand volumes changing from year to year.The industry's moderate concentration reflects the large minimum efficient size for mineral sand mining operations. Economies of scale, including mine scale and beneficiation processing scale, are therefore important for companies operating in the industry. Ind...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Mineral Sand Mining Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Mineral Sand Mining are:

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

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    What is the Mineral Sand Mining Industry?

    Industry firms primarily engage in mining titanium dioxide mineral sands, such as rutile, ilmenite and leucoxene, for titanium dioxide pigment production. 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
  • Other 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
  • Domestic price of plastic and rubber products
  • Demand from polymer product and rubber product manufacturing
  • Demand from basic inorganic chemical manufacturing
  • Demand from pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturing
  • Road freight service price
  • Trade-weighted index

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

  • Industry Outlook
  • Mineral sand output
  • Prices and trade
  • Enterprises 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
  • Ilmenite concentrate
  • Leucoxene 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,
  • Table: Iluka Resources Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Tronox Limited - 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 (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Mineral Sands Output (2010-2024)

  • 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, that reduces a mineral ore 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.
  • 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, coatings, plastics, and rubber and paper products.
  • Titanium Feedstock
  • Minerals containing titanium dioxide, such as ilmenite, natural rutile and synthetic rutile, used to produce titanium dioxide pigment and other related products.
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