Zirconium’s cloudy future
Published: Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Prices for zircon sand and downstream zirconium chemicals tripled over 2010-2011, pushing consumers to look for alternative materials. Alister MacDonald examines zircon’s substitution potential, but cautions that demand in 2012 is anything but certain
As zirconium silicate (zircon)
prices have tripled in the space of 18 months it is timely to
review the effects on downstream zirconium product prices and
provide an outlook for the future.
The dramatic rise in zircon prices has been a welcome change
of fortune for mineral sands companies, where...