Filler grade barytes industry in 2009
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...