Filler grade barytes industry in 2009

By Simon Moores
Published: Saturday, 22 August 2009

Looking to fill the void: Filler grade barytes is suffering from the severe downturn in the auto industry leaving some with a demand shortfall of up to 50%. While times are hard, barytes diversity, outside of its dominant use as an oil drilling medium, is set to give necessary future stability to producers by Simon Moores, Senior Assistant Editor

Market demand for barytes has declined dramatically since mid-2008. But for producers of filler grades, it could be worse. Global barytes output last year hit a high of 8.5m. tonnes over 50% of which was produced by China. But the situation has changed since the boom times for the most...

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