Industrial minerals generally defined as minerals mined and processed (either from natural sources or synthetically processed) for the value of their non-metallurgical properties, which provides for their use in an extremely wide range of industrial and domestic applications.

Mineral consuming market existence and its performance directly affects demand, and therefore trade, for mineral raw materials .Certain industrial minerals may have one, two, or maybe up to ten domestic and/or industrial applications, others such as lime, may have over 50 uses.

The main consuming mineral market sectors which require industrial minerals as raw materials may be summarised as:

  • Abrasives
  • Absorbents
  • Agricultural
  • Ceramics
  • Cement
  • Chemicals
  • Construction
  • Drilling mud
  • Electronics
  • Filtration
  • Flame retardants
  • Foundry
  • Glass
  • Metallurgy
  • Paint
  • Pigments
  • Plastics
  • Paper
  • Refractories
  • Synthetic fibers