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.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.