Mineral Sands

Mineral sand deposits contain a concentrated amount of economically important minerals known as ‘heavy minerals’, which are much heavier than common sand minerals such as quartz. Deposits contain zircon, rutile, leucoxene, ilmenite, monazite, and xenotime.

Mineral sands have a number of uses including in paints, paper, plastics, sunscreens, tiles and joint replacements.

China is the biggest consumer of mineral sands, with Australia being a major producer accounting for 32% of the world’s share of ilmenite (titanium) resources, 62% of rutile resources, and 68% of global zircon resources.

The biggest producers in Australia include Iluka Resources (ILU) and Rio Tinto (RIO).

There is no widely used public exchange for mineral sands as the spot price is determined by discrete transactions between buyers and sellers. We recommend that investors show caution when analysing spot prices as it is an opaque market.

List of Companies

Company Price Chg % Chg High Low Volume Mkt Cap 1 Year
ARO Astro Resources NL
$0.004 0.00 0.00% $0.004 $0.004 850,000 $16.47 M -30.00%
ATR Astron Corporation Ltd
$0.515 0.00 0.00% $0.00 $0.00 - $63.08 M +14.44%
BSE Base Resources Ltd
$0.31 0.00 0.00% $0.315 $0.31 837,109 $365.18 M +10.71%
DME Dome Gold Mines Ltd
$0.265 0.00 0.00% $0.00 $0.00 - $92.64 M +47.22%
DRX Diatreme Resources Ltd
$0.025 0.00 0.00% $0.025 $0.024 72,038 $75.95 M +19.05%
HVY Heavy Minerals Ltd
$0.21 +0.005 +2.44% $0.22 $0.21 190,213 $7.81 M +5.00%
ILU Iluka Resources Ltd
$10.41 +0.46 +4.62% $10.45 $10.15 1,740,387 $4.42 B +33.46%
IMA Image Resources NL
$0.205 +0.005 +2.50% $0.205 $0.205 470,502 $219.76 M +24.24%
MRC Mineral Commodities Ltd
$0.12 +0.01 +9.09% $0.12 $0.118 547,580 $64.2 M -42.30%
MRQ MRG Metals Ltd
$0.008 0.00 0.00% $0.009 $0.008 4,037,888 $13.98 M 0.00%
RIO RIO Tinto Ltd
$108.35 +1.60 +1.50% $109.17 $107.83 1,872,249 $40.22 B -12.10%
SFX Sheffield Resources Ltd
$0.535 -0.015 -2.73% $0.54 $0.51 93,526 $185.42 M +40.79%
STA Strandline Resources Ltd
$0.37 +0.01 +2.78% $0.375 $0.36 1,041,443 $458.87 M +85.00%
SVM Sovereign Metals Ltd
$0.495 -0.01 -1.98% $0.505 $0.495 455,400 $229.32 M -26.12%
TAO TAO Commodities Ltd
$0.81 0.00 0.00% $0.00 $0.00 - $83.68 M +1700.00%
TSL Titanium Sands Ltd
$0.016 0.00 0.00% $0.00 $0.00 - $20.14 M -46.67%