Market intelligence is an essential part of any industrial minerals project, whether it is a greenfield site expansion of existing production, diversification of products, for a consumer to investigate security of supply or acquisition of existing operations. There are few instances of terminal markets for the products and pricing, which is often opaque, is complicated by the plethora of grades in many sectors with sales often being made on quality or with the inclusion of backup services. Especially for the lower priced products, logistics costs can be a large portion of delivered pricing.
TAK specialises in offering studies on the markets for industrial minerals to deliver the required market intelligence. These can be detailed worldwide or regional studies of the actual and potential markets for specific minerals or groups of minerals suited to the needs of a feasibility or acquisition due diligence exercise. More limited scope studies can simply entail a brief overview as an introduction to an industry for a potential new entrant at an early stage of a project. Studies can include details of existing producers and consumers, supply/demand dynamics, trade patterns, pricing trends and forecasts of the market outlook. Each project is geared specifically for the client's needs. Costings can be fixed if a sufficiently detailed scope of work is agreed at the outset or fees can be charged on a daily basis.