How Australia’s silica industry is growing without fracking

By IM Staff
Published: Monday, 25 April 2016

Unlike the US, Australia’s silica sand industry has not benefitted from a fracking boom. But as Cameron Perks*, IM Correspondent, explains, the country’s sand producers have a diverse range of expanding markets to choose from.

Australia’s silica sand industry has been well established for several decades, with much of its output going into traditional markets such as construction, glass and foundry. Unlike the US, where the fracking industry has expanded rapidly in the last five years to drive silica sand consumption in oilfields, growth in...

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