Industrial Minerals / Boron: Global industry markets and outlook, 12th edition 2010
- 1. Summary
- 2. Introduction and occurrence of boron minerals
- 3. Mining and processing of borates
- 4. World production of borates
- 5. Review of borate-producing countries and companies
- 6. International trade in borates
- 7. World consumption of borates
- 8. End-uses for borates
- 9. Prices of borates
Boron: Global industry markets and outlook, 12th edition 2010
Global demand for borates grew strongly in the three years to 2008, at up to 8%py, largely driven by growth in the Chinese market ? now the world?s largest ? where consumption rose by 15%py from 2000 to 2008. Growth in the market share held by Asian countries partly reflects the shift in production of textile-grade fibreglass, borosilicate glass and ceramics away from North America and Europe to countries with lower production costs. Following the years of strong growth, 2009 saw a sharp drop in demand for borates, but, in the second half of the year, markets for both textile-grade fibreglass and borosilicate glass recovered and demand for borosilicate glass in LCD screens is expected to grow by 15% in 2010. An up-turn in construction activity should provide a recovering market for insulation-grade fibreglass in the medium term. World production of natural and refined borates remains highly concentrated in Turkey and the USA; the two countries accounting for around 75% of supply. Chinese boron is inadequate in terms of both quantity and grade to meet domestic demand so the country is now the largest importer of both natural borates and boric acid.
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- Where will future expansions in mine supply be located?
- Will production of boric acid from brine have a significant impact on supply?
- What are the main applications for borosilicate glass?
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- What is the main driver behind forecast growth in demand for FeB of 10-15%py
- What is the outlook for boron prices?
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