Barite (Barytes, Barium Sulfate, BaSO4) is a naturally occurring environmentally friendly mineral. Its main properties are its high specific gravity (4.5) and very low solubility. It is non-toxic and it is chemically and physically inert.
Barite is used in many industrial applications and is in high demand. The following are a few of the applications barite is used:
Filler in paints and plastics
Brake pads for the automotive industry
Vehicle floor mats
Oil and gas drilling as a weighting agent in drilling fluid
Voyageur is pursuing production into the highest margin barite market worldwide – Barium Contrast Suspension for the pharmaceutical markets.