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...

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