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.
It is extracted by both surface and underground mining, followed by simple physical processing methods to produce correctly sized product and to remove extraneous materials.
Some 84% 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). Barytes is supplied in a variety of forms and the price depends on the amount of processing; filler applications commanding higher prices following intense physical processing by grinding and micronising, and there are further premiums for whiteness and brightness and colour.


1) Its a complete Natural Product.

2) Non - Toxic by nature.

3) Inert - Chemically and physically unreactive; and to eco-systems

4) High specific Gravity

5) Good sound-deadening and radiation-shielding

6) Low oil adsorption


1) Used as filler in paint and Plastics.

2) Coat of automobile finishes for smoothness & corrossion resistance.

3) Also used in the manufacture of paper & rubber.

4) Used in radiology for X-rays of the digestive system.

5) When crushed, it is added to mud to form barium mud, which is poured into oil wells during drilling.

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