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Salt Extraction in the UK: Market Research Report

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Salt Extraction Market Research Report | SIC B08.930 | Mar 2017

Extracting growth: Revenue has fluctuated over the past five years, but future growth is expected

IBISWorld’s Salt Extraction market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
British Salt Limited British Salt Limited market share
Cleveland Potash Ltd Cleveland Potash Ltd market share
INEOS Group Limited INEOS Group Limited market share
Irish Salt Mining and Exploration Limited Irish Salt Mining and Exploration Limited market share
Salt Union Ltd Salt Union Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue has fluctuated considerably due to volatile weather conditions affecting demand
  • Rising demand from chemical markets has supported an increase in white salt production
  • Profitability is expected to improve over the next five years as firms have streamlined their production activity
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Salt Extraction industry has been subject to a great deal of volatility over five years through 2016-17. Severe winter weather conditions supported sharp increases in industry revenue prior to the start of the period because demand for rock salt to de-ice roads was high. This led the industry to begin the period from a high base, with this level of revenue proving difficult to match over the five years through 2016-17. The performance of other products, including white salt and brine, aided stability over the period. Demand from inorganic chemical production grew strongly during the later years of the period in line with the general economy, supporting demand, as chemical manufacturers are a major market for the industry... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Salt Extraction industry has a high level of concentration. The top four firms in the industry are expected to account for 80.6% of total revenue in 2016-17. Only a handful of firms operate in the industry. The industry is highly concentrated due to a number of factors, particularly the limited number of areas containing commercially viable salt deposits. The most important of these is in the Cheshire Basin, followed by Boulby in Yorkshire and the area around Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland. Industry concentration is expected to remain constant, with minor changes in enterprise numbers owing to the potential for two firms to operate a mine together.

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Additional Insights for the Salt Extraction Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Salt Extraction Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Economies of scale
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from inorganic basic chemical manufacturing and Average maximum temperature in the Salt Extraction industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Salt Extraction Industry?

    Firms in this industry extract salt from mines and brine pits. This includes extracting salt from underground by dissolving and pumping, the evaporation of seawater, and crushing, purifying and refining salt. The industry does not include the processing of salt into food-grade salt or the production of drinking water from the evaporation of brine.

    Industry Products
    Rock saltWhite saltBrine
    Industry Activities
    Rock salt productionBrine-pit operationBrine production

    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 inorganic basic chemical manufacturing
  • Average maximum temperature
  • Demand from condiments and seasoning manufacturing
  • Demand from animal feed production
  • Current Performance
  • Reviews and reports
  • Market segments
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Steady rise
  • Weather drives demand
  • Increasing capacity
  • Table: Salt Extraction Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Salt Extraction Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Potato Crisps & Snacks Production
  • Condiments & Seasoning Manufacturing
  • Animal Feed Production
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Construction Equipment Rental & Leasing
  • Electricity Supply
  • Fuel Wholesaling
  • Pipeline Transport
  • Sea & Coastal Freight Water Transport
  • Products & Services
  • Rock salt
  • Brine
  • White salt
  • Chart: Salt Extraction Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Highway authorities
  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Food processors
  • Drinking water providers
  • Animal feed producers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Salt Extraction 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
  • Transport, utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Salt Extraction
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Salt Extraction Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    British Salt Limited
    Compass Minerals UK Limited
    INEOS Enterprises Limited
    Irish Salt Mining and Exploration Co Limited
    Cleveland Potash Ltd
  • Table: British Salt Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Compass Minerals UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: INEOS Enterprises Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Irish Salt Mining and Exploration Co Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Cleveland Potash Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Salt Extraction 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 Salt Extraction 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
  • A raw or basic material used to fuel or supply a process or machine.
  • Keuper Marl
  • A naturally occurring mineral extracted alongside rock salt. It is used for its weathering and friction properties in road de-icing.
  • White Salt
  • Salt granules produced by evaporating water from a salt solution.

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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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