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Welcome to
the Barytes Association

Promotes the interests of the worldwide barytes industry.

Encourages research and the wider use of barytes in its many applications

What is Baryte?
Barytes (or barite) is the naturally occurring mineral form of barium sulphate. Its main properties are its high specific gravity (4.5), very low solubility; it is non-toxic, and also chemically and physically unreactive.
Benefits of Barytes
Barytes is an environmentally friendly material as it is a natural product.Substitution potential exists but the alternates in the oil industry are economically less attractive.
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Uses of Barytes
Some 70% worldwide is used as a weighting agent for drilling fluids in oil and gas exploration. Other uses are in added-value applications which include the car, electronics, TV screen, rubber, and glass ceramics and paint industry, radiation shielding and medical applications (barium meals).
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  • Promotes the interests of the worldwide barytes industry
  • Encourages research and the wider use of barytes in its many applications
  • Informs and influences national and international authorities, decision makers, other stakeholders and the general public on the environmental benefits of natural products like barytes
  • Enables a liaison and the exchange of technical information between members and other international organisations
  • Provides a forum for its members

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a member of The Barytes Association 

‎2024 General Assembly in Houston (USA) is coming up‎

The Barytes Association (TBA) is excited to announce that the 32nd General Assembly will take place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston Gallery in Houston, Texas on 5th June 2024.

For the first time, the General Assembly will be organized together with the Barite & Oilfield Minerals Forum, which has broadened its scope to baryte markets outside the oilfield market, such as the chemicals and filler markets. TBA members profit from a 15% discount on the forum registration fees. Do not hesitate and register today for THE forum for the barytes industry.

Here is the preliminary program:

Wednesday, 5 June 2024
10:00-12:00     TBA ExCom Meeting (ExCom Members only)
13:30-17:00     TBA General Assembly Meeting
18:00-20:00     TBA Joint Dinner

Thursday, 6 June 2024
9:00-17:00 Barite & Oilfield Minerals Forum ‎- Presentations & Discussion 

Friday, 7 June 2024
9:00-12:00 Barite & Oilfield Minerals Forum ‎- Presentations & Discussion

We look forward to seeing you in Houston! If you have any questions, please reach out to