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...