TiO2/Zircon features

  • December 2011

    Zirconium’s cloudy future

    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

  • October 2011

    Pigment pragmatism

    26 October 2011

    Demand recovery for titanium dioxide is brisk, mainly driven by China, but needy capacity expansions are hindered by continuing insecurity of adequate feedstock supply, which is driving up prices. The time has come for a pragmatic understanding of the symbiotic relationship between feedstock and pigment players

  • September 2011

    Weighing the alternatives

    24 September 2011

    Raw materials supply remains one of the chief concerns of the refractories industry. IM talked to the players in the sector to understand what the potential alternatives are for minerals such as bauxite, magnesia, graphite and zircon

  • May 2011

    Foundries forge ahead

    27 May 2011

    A healthy resurgence for metal casting in 2011 is spurring demand for foundry raw materials, but producers are struggling to supply niche minerals as stocks dwindle

  • April 2011

    Zircon substitution: myth or reality?

    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

  • March 2011

    End User Focus: Fused-cast for glass

    31 March 2011

    Glass refractories is becoming an increasingly commoditised sector with R&D efforts focusing on low cost materials utilisation, as Carlo Ratto reveals

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