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Zircon 101: where will new demand come from?

By Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Cameron Perks
Published: Monday, 02 October 2017

Zircon is important - and some would argue irreplaceable - in markets such as ceramics, which accounts for around 50% of demand. But, as Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, discovers, there are new sources of interest within that same industry - and demand projections vary wildly.

Zircon (zirconium silicate - ZrSiO4) is an important source of zirconia (zirconium oxide - ZrO2) and zirconium (Zr). Due to its density of 4.68, economic quantities of zircon are primarily contained within heavy mineral sands (HMS), a type of sedimentary deposit. Additional small quantities are also currently derived from baddeleyite mining...

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