Zircon

The worldwide demand for Zircon is being driven by urbanisation of developing economies,
world economic growth and the increasing end applications of zircon. However, the global supply
of Zircon is declining due to a depletion in current mines and declining grades.

Zircon

Almost half of the zircon produced is used in ceramic applications due to its ability to scatter and reflect light. The surface layer of most tiles, bathware and crockery obtain their glazed finish, durability and resistance to discolouration, from zircon included into their surfaces. Zircon usually occurs in lower quantities than titanium dioxide mineral sands deposits and attracts a premium.

Characteristics

Opacifier in ceramics

Floor and wall tiles, sanitary ware and tableware

• Opacity (whiteness)
• High refractive index (Zircon refracts and
reflects white light well)
• Resistant

Refractory and foundry steel

Glass production, casting of jet turbine engines

Slag Formation
Important constituent of welding to shape, hold and protect the weld pool from atmospheric conditions

Zirconium metal

Nuclear reactor cores / rod heat exchanges

• Low thermal neutron absorption
• Increases nuclear reactor efficiency
• Inert
• Corrosion resistant

Zirconia and zirconium-based chemicals

Refractions, pigments, abrasives, electronics,
catalysts, fibre optics

Unique properties
Compound derivatives of zircon suitable for diverse industrial and chemical applications

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