Fluorspar: Developing projects for ‘at-risk’ mineral

By Siobhan Lismore-Scott
Published: Monday, 22 July 2013

Fluorspar was deemed by the British Geological Survey (BGS) as an ‘at risk’ mineral in 2012. Used in both the industrial sector and in consumer products, it is also indispensible in daily life. Despite this, over the last year some projects have been mothballed and prices have fallen off. But for projects with favourable logistics, secure regulatory frameworks and good materials, there is still an attractive market, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor, finds

What a difference a year makes. In the last 12 months, the fluorspar industry has seen a project mothballed, exports from China stutter and some new projects gain traction.

China remains the largest producer of fluorspar, with an output of 3.7m tonnes in 2013, according to IM Data. Mexichem Fluor...

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