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Zircon 101: where will new demand come from?

Zircon is important – and some would argue irreplaceable – in markets such as ceramics, which accounts for around 50% of demand. But, as Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, discovers, there are new sources of interest within that same industry – and demand projections vary wildly.

Zircon (zirconium silicate – ZrSiO4) is an important source of zirconia (zirconium oxide – ZrO2) and zirconium (Zr). Due to its density of 4.68, economic quantities of zircon are primarily contained within heavy mineral sands (HMS), a type of sedimentary deposit. Additional small quantities are also currently derived from baddeleyite mining…

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