Projects in the Pipeline: Zircon buoys as prices rise

By John Ollett
Published: Monday, 23 April 2012

The zircon industry has long been tied closely together with the titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstock industry. Although the two industrial minerals have widely different end uses and supply chains, ilmenite and rutile, used to make TiO2, and zircon are often found in the same deposits. This means that the shortage in supply of titanium feedstocks, that has sent prices rocketing in the last 18 months, will have an impact on the zircon industry.

The zircon industry has long been tied closely together with the titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstock industry. Although the two industrial minerals have widely different end uses and supply chains, ilmenite and rutile, used to make TiO2, and zircon are often found in the same deposits. This means that the shortage...

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