Almost half of the zircon produced is used in ceramic applications due to its high refractive index, adjacent to diamonds, which scatters and reflects light. The surface layer of most tiles, bathroom ware and crockery obtain their glazed finish, durability, and resistance to discolouration, from zircon products used in their manufacture. Zircon usually occurs in lower quantities than all the other titanium dioxide minerals in the deposits and attracts a premium price.
Opacifier in ceramics
Floor and wall tiles, sanitary ware and tableware.
Refractory and foundry steel
Glass production, casting of jet turbine engines.
Nuclear reactor cores / rod heat exchanges.
Zirconia and zirconium-based chemicals
Refractions, pigments, abrasives, electronics, catalysts, fibre optics.