Zircon substitution: myth or reality?

Published: Thursday, 28 April 2011

In just over six months prices for zircon sand have doubled. Alister MacDonald evaluates global supply and markets, and outlines why zircon substitution is little more than a myth

Soaring prices for zircon are causing end users
to evaluate cheaper substitutes for a range of
applications, including foundries (pictured) where
chromite sand can replace its costlier counterpart

The world market for zircon and downstream zirconium materials represents a $3.5bn industry, which has witnessed dramatic changes in demand and supply...

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