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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.

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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 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 SWOT Analysis Chapter

Demand for the industry's major product, potash, is high, although production levels are set to change over the due to emergence and anticipated growth of polyhalite. Cleveland Potash has committed to expanding production of polyhalite and Sirius Minerals has secured a large source nearby. Other industry segments, such as fluorspar, have also been revitalised. Over the past few years, the number of baryte producers has shrunk to just one major operator, and its existing mine is not expected to remain operational in the long-term due to dwindling resources. Further substantial reserves exist, although concern over the environmental impact of the mining operation previously prevented Sirius Minerals from being granted consent to mine. However, Sirius has now had all applications approved.

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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

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