Oil industry (69%)
Chemical - electronics, TV screen, glass, ceramics and medical applications (barium meals) (16%)
Fillers - car, rubber and paint industry, radiation shielding (15%)
Factors affecting demand
Growing demand for oil drilling and filler applications but world recession has hit automotive industry.
Chemical demand has fallen due to a dramatic switch to LCD/plasma TV and computer screens which use less barytes, but applications in the dielectrics, electro-ceramic and construction industry have risen.
70% European domestic production for added-value sectors – overall the chemical and filler industries account for half of the barytes consumption.
In the USA over 95% output is for the oil industry.
China is 42% of world production; with India, Morocco and US a further 32%.