Industrial minerals are mined and processed for the value of their non-metallurgical and non-fuel properties. Typical examples include quartz, graphite, feldspar, fluorspar, diatomite, wollastonite, cristobalite and mica, but also clay minerals, phosphates, borates and many more.
Industrial Minerals Focus
Industrial minerals offer their value by many different parameters such as particle morphology, crystal structure, colour, particle size and surface properties, to name just a few. Therefore, details of product specifications for these highly diversified markets and widespread applications are manifold and difficult to access.
The focus of M.PLAN is on products with high value applications ranging from ceramic surgical instruments, to car safety, to modern pharmaceuticals and high-end semiconductor products such as chip packages and laser lenses.
These minerals also play an important role in the power resources for modern civilization, from drilling fluids and proppants to thermal energy storage, electrodes in lithium-ion batteries, stiffening wind turbine blades and providing high transparency glass for solar panels.
Unlike other mining sectors the industrial minerals sector is mainly composed of small and medium-sized enterprises, with only a few world leading international companies. Industrial minerals are not traded on recognized exchanges but on a business-to-business level.
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