Shifting sands: substitution and expanding markets

By Kasia Patel
Published: Friday, 27 June 2014

Zircon and its derivatives face an uncertain future owing to competition from substitute materials, but where is additional demand expected to come from? Kasia Patel, Chief Reporter, investigates.

According to the Zircon Industry Association (ZIA), an industry body set up in 2013 to represent and promote the interests of the zircon industry, zircon and its derivatives face a number of threats including competition from substitute materials, such as alumina in ceramics applications, and ever increasing industry regulation.

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