Zircon Annual Review 2012 – Comprehensive Sector Review by Independent Experts

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TZ Minerals International (TZMI) is pleased to announce the release of the inaugural edition of the Zircon Annual Review.

Zircon Annual Review 2012

Global zircon demand in 2011 was driven by developing economies, which represented more than 70% of the total global consumption.

TZ Minerals International (TZMI) is pleased to announce the release of the inaugural edition of the Zircon Annual Review.

Due to the depth of information, growth of each sector and client feedback, TZMI has replaced the industry known Mineral Sands Annual Review with a suite of four reports providing a more comprehensive analysis of the different sectors of the industry. The new reports are the Zircon Annual Review, TiO2 Feedstock Annual Review, TiO2 Pigment Annual Review and Titanium Metal Annual Review.

The Zircon Annual Review provides an analysis of events in the zircon industry in 2011, including up-to-date commentary and independent review of end-consumers, supply and demand, new projects and new sources of supply, extensive profiles of all industry participants, as well as an outlook for coming years while identifying key trends and developments and impacts on a global scale.

Zircon is commonly found in alluvial deposits in conjunction with other heavy minerals, most typically titanium minerals. As such the majority of zircon is produced as a co-product of titanium mining in heavy mineral sands deposits.
The value chain for zircon covers three stages:

  •     Mining and processing to produce zircon sand;
  •     Further processing to produce milled zircon or simple zirconium chemicals; and
  •     Incorporation of milled zircon or zirconium chemicals into complex final products.

Zircon production is dominated by Australia and South Africa, which together accounted for 70% of world production in 2011.
There are four main uses for zircon:

  •     Ceramics (mainly in tile production) is the main driver for zircon demand;
  •     Specialty chemicals and materials where demand is growing, particularly for the zirconium metal and chemical zirconia used in auto catalysts and technology driven applications;
  •     Refractories and foundries; and
  •     Other minor uses.

Following the GFC in 2008/09, global zircon supply recovered strongly in 2010 as market conditions began to improve and there was strong demand from downstream customers. The strong supply trend continued in 2011 with many producers reporting better than expected production levels.

The most significant increase in zircon supply in 2011 can be attributed to Iluka’s operations in Jacinth-Ambrosia and Murray Basin in Australia. Iluka remains the largest single producer of zircon, Richards Bay Minerals is the next largest and China as a whole is the third largest.

Global zircon demand in 2011 was driven by developing economies, which represented more than 70% of the total global consumption, with the older economies (Europe and North America) making up the remainder of demand. This, along with supply shortages, has seen unprecedented price increases leading to record price levels in zircon trade.

The information contained in Zircon Annual Review 2012 is carefully researched drawing on TZMI’s extensive database. It is also an essential reference for the industry while identifying key trends and developments within the sector and the broader impact on a global scale.

This inaugural publication is an essential resource for all participants who are involved in zircon related activities or wanting to learn more about this dynamic sector, including:

  •     Zircon producers
  •     Zircon end-users including those in ceramics, refractories, foundries, and specialty chemicals and materials
  •     New producers
  •     Mineral sands producers and industry participants
  •     Financial industry (fund managers, hedge funds, investors and potential investors)
  •     Those interested in entering the sector

Orders for Zircon Annual Review 2012 are now being taken by TZMI. For more information please visit http://www.tzmi.com or call +61 8 9359 6000.

About TZMI
TZ Minerals International (TZMI) is a global, independent consulting and publishing company with offices in Australia, China, the US, Europe and Africa. The strength of TZMI’s consulting services stems from extensive practical experience in the mineral sands, titanium dioxide and coatings industries and from a comprehensive database, which has been built up over many years.

TZMI has proven expertise gained from our consultants having many years of direct operating experience in the industry in chief executive, senior operational, analytical and marketing roles.
TZMI’s publications and data services support the consulting activities and ensure up-to-date, high quality and comprehensive data, analysis and information across the mineral sands, zircon and TiO2 pigment industries.

TZMI provides operational and technical expert advice on many areas including:

  •     Mergers and Acquisitions
  •     Market Assessments and industry analysis
  •     Due diligence
  •     Pre-feasibility studies incl. preliminary capital and operating cost estimation
  •     Competitive cost analysis and benchmarking
  •     Technical reviews and audits
  •     Resource assessments
  •     Physical separation test work
  •     Flowsheet development
  •     Customised data analysis and reporting

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