Downloadable chart: An overview of the fluorspar industry from raw material to niche chemical products
As the primary commercial source of fluorine, fluorspar acts as a feedstock mineral into a number of industries.
While the metallurgical-grade fluorspar (metspar) market is driven by the steel industry through its use as a flux, the acid-grade fluorspar (acidspar) market boasts a more diverse range of end-applications.
Through reacting acidspar with sulphuric acid, hydrofluoric acid is produced which is a critical base chemical in both the industrial and chemical sectors.
The downloadable chart below outlines the key markets that form these sectors and illustrates their respective roles in the fluorspar supply chain.