Q&A - Tertiary Minerals executive chairman Patrick Cheetham

Key ingredient

Fluorspar mineral

Fluorspar may not have the press coverage of oil and gas, but it is a vital commodity for a wide range of industrial production. When the European Commission (EC) published a report in June this year, revealing that the mineral had reached a critical shortage level, it looked as if industrial end-users faced another major challenge.

Fluorspar is a mineral used in many different forms – when found in nature, it is known by the mineral name fluorite (CaF2). There are two grades: acidspar, which is