The general mineral mining industry includes establishments involved in mining construction sand and gravel, industrial sand, kaolin and ball clay, clay and ceramic and refractory minerals. This market also includes companies carrying out potash, soda and borate mineral, phosphate rock, and other chemical and fertilizer minerals mining.
The global general mineral mining market was valued at above $128 billion in 2017. Asia Pacific was the largest region in the general mineral mining market in 2017, accounting for under 38% market share. The USA was the largest country in the market in 2017, accounting for above 19% market share.
Sand washing technology is evolving and companies are increasingly using high-efficiency sand washers to achieve high production levels with high quality and cost efficiency. High-efficiency sand washers are heavy-duty machines capable of effectively cleaning harmful material from aggregate, recycled and other minerals while reducing water consumption. They consist of hydrosizers, separators, cyclones, and dewatering screens, and employ high-pressure streams of water to inject into areas of the rock that are difficult to reach with other cleaning methods such as log washers and screws. High-efficiency sand washers can reduce water consumption by up to 75% and energy usage by 15% over traditional log washers.
The top five companies were CRH Plc, Israel Corporation Ltd., The Mosaic Company, OCP S.A. and PotashCorp. CRH Plc. was the largest company in the general mineral mining market in 2017.
The countries covered are USA, China, Germany, Brazil, Japan, UK, Spain, Russia, France, Australia, Italy, India and rest of the world.
The general mineral mining market is segmented into Potash Mining, Salt Mining, Magnesite Mining, Sulfur Mining, Kaolin Mining, Asbestos Mining, Feldspar Mining, Boron Mining, Gypsum Mining, Talc Mining, Graphite Mining, Barite Mining, Bentonite Mining, Diatomite Mining, Lithium Mining, Selenium Mining, Perlite Mining, Arsenic Mining, and Diamond Mining.
Potash Mining segment includes mining of potash through conventional and solution mining methods.
Salt Mining segment includes process of extraction of halite commonly known as rock salt from evaporate formations.
Magnesite Mining segment includes mining of magnesite ores that is used in pharmaceutical and chemical applications.
Sulfur Mining segment includes mining of sulfur and sulfur compounds that are used in manufacturing of black gunpowder, matches, and fireworks.
Kaolin Mining including mining of kaolin or china clay. It is distinguished from other industrial clays based on its fine particle size and pure coloring. Its ability to disperse in water make it an ideal pigment.
Asbestos Mining segment includes mining of asbestos that is used in applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibers are often mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats.
Feldspar Mining segment includes mining of feldspar from pegmatite or feldspathic sand deposits. Aplite, which is a fine-grained igneous rock with the same mineralogical composition as granite, also is mined frequently for its feldspar content.
Boron Mining segment includes mining of boron element that is used in different applications including boronated fiberglass, borosilicate glass, boron carbide ceramic, high-hardness and abrasive compounds, boron metal coatings, detergent
formulations and bleaching agents, insecticides, semiconductors, magnets, shielding and neutron absorber in nuclear reactors, other nonmedical uses, pharmaceutical and biological applications, and research areas.
Gypsum Mining including mining of gypsum and its compounds that are used in manufacture of wallboard, cement, plaster of Paris, soil conditioning, a hardening retarder in portland cement.
Talc Mining including mining of talc that is used in paper making, plastic, paint and coatings, rubber, food, electric cable, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and ceramics.
Graphite Mining segment includes mining of graphite and its compounds that is used in refractory materials, chemical industries, nuclear industries, electrical applications, and mechanical applications.
Barite Mining segment includes mining of barite products that are used as filler in paint and plastics, sound reduction in engine compartments, coat of automobile finishes for smoothness and corrosion resistance, friction products for automobiles and trucks, radiation-shielding cement, glass ceramics and medical applications.
Bentonite Mining segment includes mining of bentonite clay that is used as externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and in skin care recipes.
Diatomite Mining segment includes mining and processing of diatomite is delicate and complicated. It requires large processing facilities and heavy earth moving equipment.
Lithium Mining segment includes mining of lithium and its compounds that are used in several industrial applications, including heatresistant
glass and ceramics, lithium grease lubricants, flux additives for iron, steel and aluminum production, lithium batteries, and lithium-ion batteries.
Selenium Mining segment includes mining of selenium and its compounds that are used in glassmaking, pigments, photocells,
Perlite Mining segment includes mining of perlite and its compounds that are used in a wide range of industrial applications.
Vermiculite Mining segment includes mining of vermiculite that is used in agriculture, automotive, chemical packaging, construction, fire protection, and other applications.
Arsenic Mining segment includes mining of arsenic that is used in production of pesticides, treated wood products, herbicides, and insecticides.
Diamond Mining segment includes mining of different carats of diamonds. Industrial diamonds are mostly used in cutting, grinding, drilling, and polishing procedures.