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Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining in the UK: Market Research Report

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Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining Market Research Report | SIC B08.910 | Aug 2016

Good prospects: Future polyhalite extraction will support growth, after a period of volatility

The Chemical & Fertiliser 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.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Cleveland Potash Ltd Cleveland Potash Ltd market share
M I Drilling Fluids UK Ltd M I Drilling Fluids UK Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Falling potash prices have led to an overall contraction in revenue over the past five years
  • Global potash prices were heavily affected by the exit of Uralkali from a cartel agreement
  • The full-scale extraction of polyhalite from 2018 is expected to boost industry revenue
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Chemical and Fertiliser Mineral Mining industry has performed relatively poorly over the past five years. Revenue is estimated to fall at a compound annual rate of 3.3% over the five years through 2016-17, in large part due to the sharp drop in potash prices since 2013. The surprise defection of Uralkali from a key global supply cartel has also had considerable repercussions and played a major role in the fall in potash prices in 2013, which has curbed profit growth. The desire to secure sources of polyhalite, a form of potash touted as a superior fertiliser, has helped to maintain the level of output. Fluorspar production had fallen by the wayside but was revived by British Fluorspar, which has prevented extraction from halting entirely... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Chemical and Fertiliser Mineral Mining industry is very highly concentrated, since the two largest companies are estimated to account for 93% of industry revenue in 2016-17.

A single producer, ICL's UK company Cleveland Potash Ltd, dominates potash extraction and therefore overall industry output. However, if Sirius Minerals manages to commercialise the mine it has a licence for, it will provide direct competition. Furthermore, Cleveland Potash is set to move away from producing potash over the next few years as viable sources become uneconomical, therefore Sirius may become more dominant. Nonetheless, the industry is expected to remain highly concentrated. The only other mineral mined in a significant quantity is baryte. Bri.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining Industry

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

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Economies of scale
  • Access to high quality inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from fertiliser and nitrogen compound manufacturing and Demand from inorganic basic chemical manufacturing in the Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining Industry?

    This industry covers the mining of natural phosphates, potassium salts, sulphur, barium sulphate and carbonate, borates, magnesium sulphates, earth colours, fluorspar and other minerals valued chiefly as a source of chemicals. Guano mining also falls into this category. The extraction of salt, roasting of iron pyrites and manufacture of synthetic fertilisers and nitrogen compounds are not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
    Muriate of potashSulphate of potashBaryteFluorspar
    Industry Activities
    Mining potashMining fluorsparMining barytes

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from fertiliser and nitrogen compound manufacturing
  • Demand from inorganic basic chemical manufacturing
  • Exchange rate - US dollar per pound
  • Demand from petroleum and natural gas support activities
  • Current Performance
  • Global demand
  • World prices
  • Potash usage and extraction
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Global suppliers
  • Polyhalite extraction
  • Output expansion and drilling fluid
  • Table: Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Fertiliser & Nitrogen Compound Manufacturing
  • Chemical Product Manufacturing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Construction Equipment Rental & Leasing
  • Freight Rail Transport
  • Fuel Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • Muriate of potash
  • Baryte
  • Fluorspar
  • Sulphate of potash
  • Chart: Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Fertiliser producers
  • Exports
  • Drilling fluid production
  • Inorganic chemical producers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Cleveland Potash Ltd
    M I Drilling Fluids UK Ltd
  • Table: Cleveland Potash Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: M I Drilling Fluids UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Chemical & Fertiliser Mineral Mining Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • Also known as barite, it is a mineral consisting of barium sulphate. This is used predominantly in drilling fluids to reduce pressure during oil and gas exploration.
  • Continuous Miner
  • An underground mining machine that both removes the mineral, usually using a rotating drum, and simultaneously loads it onto cars or conveyors.
  • Fluorspar
  • Also known as fluorite, fluorspar is a halide mineral made up of calcium fluoride. It is used to manufacture pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
  • Oligopoly
  • A market controlled by a small number of firms.
  • Potash
  • Potassium-bearing minerals, particularly potassium chloride.

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