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Scope of the Report

The report titled “Global Mineral Sand Industry: Trends and Opportunities (2013-2018)” provides an in-depth analysis of global mineral sands market with focus on titanium dioxide minerals and zircon. The report also covers major applications and attributes of both these heavy minerals. It also accesses the key opportunities and underlying trends in the market and outlines the factors that are and will be driving the growth of the industry in the forecasted period (2013-18). Further, key players of the industry such as Iluka Resources Ltd., Rio Tinto plc and Tronox Limited are also profiled in the report.

Segment Coverage

Titanium Dioxide Minerals
Zircon

Company Coverage

Iluka Resources Ltd.
Rio Tinto plc
Tronox Limited

Executive Summary

Mineral sands refer to group of minerals commonly found and mined together from water or wind concentrated deposits. The industry primarily involves mining and processing of zircon and titanium dioxide products (ilmenite, rutile and upgraded titanium dioxide products of synthetic rutile, slag and upgraded slag). Mineral sands deposits around the world typically contain both titanium dioxide mineral and, usually, a minor proportion of zircon. Both of these heavy minerals have different properties, prices and distinct end use markets.

In recent years, the global mineral sand industry particularly titanium dioxide minerals and zircon is on the threshold of enormous growth. The growth of the industry is driven by growing urbanization trend, ceramic tiles consumption growth and demand from aerospace industry. However, factors such as low pigment plant capacity utilization, exchange rate fluctuation, radiological concerns and other disruptions are posing challenge to growth of the industry. Major trends prevailing in the market are end to Long Term Contracts (LTC) in the industry, popularity of zircon flour and vertical integration in the industry.

Table Of Contents

Global Mineral Sand Industry: Trends and Opportunities (2013-2018)
1. Executive Summary

2. Global Mineral Sand Industry

2.1 Mining Sand Industry: An Overview
2.2 Mineral Sands Characteristics
2.2.1 Mineral Sand Cycle

3. Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Minerals

3.1 Titanium Dioxide Minerals: An Overview
3.2 TiO2 Production Process
3.2.1 Chloride vs. Sulfate Process
3.3 Application and Attributes
3.4 Titanium Dioxide Minerals: Market Sizing and Growth
3.4.1 Market Size by Production (Actual and Forecasted)
3.5 Titanium Dioxide Minerals: Market Share Analysis

3.5.1 TiO2 Minerals: Market Share By Competitors
3.5.2 TiO2 Minerals: Market Share By Product Supply
3.5.3 TiO2 Minerals: Market Share By Region
3.5.4 TiO2 Minerals: Market Share By End-Use Industry
3.5.5 TiO2 Minerals: Market Share By End-Use Market
3.5.6 TiO2 Minerals: Market Share By End-Use Product
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4. Zircon

4.1 Zircon: An Overview
4.2 Zircon Production Process
4.2 Zircon: Applications and Attributes
4.3 Zircon: Market Sizing and Growth

4.3.1 Zircon: Market Size by Production (Actual and Forecasted)
4.3.2 Zircon: Market Size by Consumption (Actual and Forecasted)

4.4 Zircon: Market Share Analysis

4.4.1 Zircon: Market Share By Region
4.4.2 Zircon: Market Share By Competitors
4.4.3 Zircon: Market Share By End-Use

5. Global Mineral Sand Industry: Growth Drivers and Challenges

5.1 Growth Drivers

5.1.1 Growing Urbanization Trend
5.1.2 Ceramic Tiles Consumption Growth
5.1.3 Demand from Aerospace Industry

5.2 Challenges

5.2.1 Low Pigment Plant Capacity Utilization
5.2.2 Exchange rate fluctuation
5.2.3 Radiological concerns
5.2.4 Other disruptions

6. Global Mineral Sand Industry Trends

6.1 End to Long Term Contracts (LTC)
6.2 Popularity of Zircon Flour
6.3 Vertical Integration in the Industry

7. Competitive Landscape: Global Mineral Sand Industry

8. Company Profiles: Global Mineral Sand Industry

8.1 Iluka Resources Ltd.
8.1.1 Business Overview
8.1.2 Financial Overview
8.1.3 Business Strategies

8.2 Rio Tinto plc
8.2.1 Business Overview
8.2.2 Financial Overview
8.2.3 Business Strategies

8.3 Tronox Limited
8.3.1 Business Overview
8.3.2 Financial Overview
8.3.4 Business Strategies

List of Figures

Figure 1: The Mineral Sands Industry: Overview
Table 1: Commercially Important Heavy Mineral
Table 2: Physical Properties and Chemistry of Common Mineral Sand
Figure 2: Illustrative Mineral Sands Cycle Characteristics
Table 3: Titanium Dioxide Content of Feedstocks
Figure 3: Titanium Dioxide Minerals Production Cycle
Table 4: Key Differences between Chloride and Sulphate Processing
Table 5: Comparison of Chloride and Sulfate Process Advantages
Table 6: Titanium Dioxide Application and Attributes
Table 7: Titanium Pigment Applications and Growth Drivers
Figure 4: Global Titanium Dioxide Mineral Market Size by Production, 2009-12 (Million TiO2 units)
Figure 5: Global Titanium Dioxide Mineral Market Size by Production Forecasted, 2013E-18E (Million TiO2 Units)
Figure 6: Global Titanium Feedstock Market Share by Competitors (2012)
Figure 7: Global Titanium Feedstock Market Share by Product Supply (2012)
Figure 8: Global Titanium Feedstock Market Share by Region (2012 and 2015E)
Figure 9: Global Titanium Feedstock Consumption by Industry (2012)
Figure 10: Global Titanium Feedstock Consumption by End-Use Market (2012)
Figure 11: Global Titanium Feedstock Consumption by End-Use Industry (2012)
Figure 12: Zircon Production Cycle
Table 8: Zircon Application and Attributes
Figure 13: Global Zircon Market Size by Production, 2008-12 (Million tonnes)
Figure 14: Global Zircon Market Size by Production Forecast, 2013E-18E (Million tonnes)
Figure 15: Global Zircon Market Size by Consumption, 2008-12 (Million tonnes)
Figure 16: Global Zircon Market Size by Consumption Forecast, 2013E-18E (Million tons)
Figure 17: Zircon Supply by Nations (2012)
Figure 18: Zircon Supply Breakdown by Producers (2012)
Figure 19: Zircon Consumption by End-use (2012)
Figure 20: Tile Use as % of All Floor Covering (2012)
Figure 21: Ceramic Tiles Consumption Growth (2012)
Figure 22: Commercial Aircraft Titanium Demand Forecast, 2012-17E (Millions of lbs)
Figure 23: Pigment Plant Utilization (ex. China), 2001-12
Figure 24: Annual Average Weighted Mineral Sands Price, 2008-12 (US$/tonne)
Table 9: Zircon Product Classification - Median Size and Applications
Figure 25: Tronox Pre-Merger and Post-Merger Titanium Feedstock Capacity and Requirements (Thousand tonnes of ore)
Figure 26: Global TiO2 Producers Capacity by Region, 2013E (kt)
Figure 27: Global TiO2 Producers Capacity by Region, 2013E (kt)
Table 11: EPS Growth Comparison of Leading Mineral Sand Industry Companies
Table 12: P/E and Dividend Yield Comparison of Leading Mineral Sand Industry Companies
Figure 28: Iluka Resources Ltd. Sales by Products (2012)
Figure 29: Iluka Resources Ltd. Mineral Sands Revenue, 2009-12 (US$ Billions)
Figure 30: Rio Tinto plc Revenue by Business Segment (2012)
Figure 31: Rio Tinto Diamonds and Minerals Product Group and Consolidated Revenue, US$ Billions
Figure 32: Tronox Limited Revenue by Business Segment (2012)
Figure 33: Tronox Limited Mineral Sand Segment and Consolidated Revenue, 2011-12 (US$ Billions)

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