DUBAI, 3-5 September

Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek


Join the global zircon industry at its annual conference.

  • Hear the latest developments in the zircon market
  • Understand the current technical and regulatory challenges
  • Gain an understanding of new applications for zircon and zirconia
  • Network with major players in the zircon world

We are pleased to confirm a speaker line up that will once again deliver insights into the zircon industry. The program this year will focus on the wide-ranging downstream applications of zircon / zirconia / zirconium and includes speakers from the ceramic, nuclear, architectural, shipping and foundry industries.


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Tuesday 3rd September

Site Visits

  • RAK Ceramics - one of the largest ceramics’ brands in the world
  • Ceramin - a regional leader in providing milled zircon and other materials

Wednesday 4th September

  • Keynote opening address by Abdullah Massaad, CEO RAK Ceramics
  • Zircon supply / demand review: Lincoln Ying (CEO, Matrix)
  • Zircon market dynamics: Gavin Diener (CEO, TZMI)
  • Outlook for Chinese zircon market: Beth Xiang (Ruidow)
  • Architectural design trends to watch in 2020: Deepak Prabakaran (Verve Design)
  • Zircon thrifting and substitution in ceramic tiles: Dr Francisco Javier García Tan (ITC)
  • Advanced understanding of zircon quality: Emma Jones (University of Birmingham)

Thursday 5th September

  • Keynote opening address: Navigating extreme global volatility - risks & opportunities - Robert Ward, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
  • Shipping NORM - complex shipments in a complicated world: Kurtis Hinz (President, TAM)
  • A clean manufacturing process for high-purity zirconium: Prof Jong-Hyeon Lee (ZIRON Tech Co)
  • Water crisis for China’s chemical zirconium industry: Alister MacDonald (Alkane)
  • Zirconium in the nuclear power industry: Simon Marshall (INEL)
  • Zircon demands in foundry investment casting applications: Carlos Olabe (EICF)
  • USA regulatory developments - minefield or opportunity?: Charles Simmons
  • Zirconates - new uses and applications: Roberto Dante (2D to 3D)



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ZIA Members can participate in market development, technical and R&D programmes and get access to our full Knowledge Bank and Zircon Academy.