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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)

Wells, J. Robert
Talc, soapstone and pyrophyllite,   pp. 1191-1199 ff. PDF (988.5 KB)

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had 167,000 short tons of mined talc, soapstone, and pyrophyllite on hand
(crude, ground, or in process) on December 31, 1972, compared with 144,000
tons on that date in 1971 and 205,000 tons in 1970. 
 It was estimated, on the basis of a comparison of the figures reported in
1972 for domestic production of talc-group minerals and for the quantity
of those materials sold or used, that U.S. producers may have 
 The average of unit values reported by domestic producers of crude talc,
soapstone, and pyrophyllite in 1972 was $7.08 per short ton, compared with
$7.36 in 1971 and $7.56 in 1970. In contrast to that decline, the average
unit value reported for all talc-group minerals sold or used by domestic
producers (mostly processed material but not including finished cosmetic
preparations) increased sharply to $31.09 per ton, compared with $27.51 in
1971 and $27.42 in 1970. 
 Engineering and Mining Journal, December 1972, quoted prices for domestic
ground talc in carload lots, f.o.b. mine or mill, containers included, per
short ton, as follows: 
98% through 325 mesh, bulk 
99.99% through 325 mesh, bags: 
Dry processed 
Water beneficiated 
New York: 
96% through 200 mesh 
99.9% through 325 mesh 
100% through 325 mesh, fluid energy ground 
 Exports.—The United States exported a greater quantity of talc-group
materials in 1972 than in any previous year, topping the former record for
tonnage (1971) by 26% and for value (1970) by 1%. The exported material went
to a total of 57 countries, 18 in the Western Hemisphere, 17 in Asia/Oceania,
16 in Europe, and six in Africa. Sharply increased shipments to two major
recipients, Canada and Mexico (up 54% and 25%, respectively, from 1971 figures),
were the most notable factors contributing to the new record total. 
 Imports.—In 1972 the total value of U.S. imports of talc minerals
for consumption reached the highest level on record, 29% above the mark set
in 1970, and the 1972 tonnage was exceeded only by that of 1970, (3% higher).
Outstandingly in first place among 1972 talc imports were receipts from Italy
which added up to the largest 
 Standard 37.00— 53.00 
 Fractionated 37.00— 71.00 
 Micronized 62.00—104.00 
 Cosmetic/steatite 44.00— 65.00 
 98% through 200 mesh 14.00 
 99% through 325 mesh 25.00 
 100% through 325 mesh, fluid 
  energy ground 75.00 
 The price range quoted in Chemical Marketing Reporter, December 25, 1972,
for carload lots of imported Canadian talc, ground, in bags, was from $20
to $35 per ton, fob. works. 
 American Paint Journal, November 27, 1972, listed the following prices per
ton for paint-grade talcs in carload lots: 
California: 325 mesh, bags, mill: 
Fibrous, white, high oil 
  absorption $34.00—$37.00 
 Semifibrous, medium oil 
  absorption 32.00— 73.95 
 Ultrafine grind, f.o.b. mill 70.00 
New York: Fibrous and semifibrous, 
 bags, mill: 
 98%through325mesh 31.00 
 99.4% through 325 mesh 40.00 
 Trace retained on 325 mesh 80.00 
Fine micron tales (origin not 
 specified) 68.00—111.50 
tonnage from there since 1963 and to *the highest~tota1 value ever recorded
from any one country in any one year. 
 Tariffs.—Schedules applicable throughout 1972 provided for import
duties on the various classifications of talc as follows: 
Crude and not ground, 0.02 cent per pound; ground, washed, powdered, or pulverized,
6% ad valorem; cut or sawed, or in blanks, crayons, cubes, disks, or other
forms, 0.2 cent per pound; and other, not specially provided for, 12% ad
Table 6.—U.S. exports of talc, soapstone, and pyrophyffite, crude and
(Thousand short tons and thousand dollars) 

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