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Zirconium dioxide (or zirconia) provides a high strength, wear resistant, chemically inert and non-toxic surface ideal for medical implants.
Zircon is playing a role in minimising the environmental impact of how we live.
New zirconia-containing 5G smartphone cases will enable stronger signals, much faster data download and wireless charging.
Zircon has a unique range of properties that make it vital in the manufacture of precision parts like turbine blades.
Zircon sand is not corrosive to metal and, therefore, is not a candidate for classification as a corrosive in bulk.
Zircon has an overall low environmental impact and significantly lower compared to calcined alumina, an alternative opacifier, in ceramic tiles
Zircon-containing ceramic roof tiles increase solar reflectance, reducing the environmental impact of buildings
Radiation levels from zircon are low, whilst zirconia and zirconium metal are not radioactive.
What links ceramic tiles, nuclear reactor cores, anti-perspirants and dental implants?
Uses and development of zirconium alloys in the nuclear power industry.
Learn about the different properties associated with zircon, zirconia and zirconium.
Offering latest news updates, information on interesting uses of zircon and its derivatives or promoting events, ZIA aims to communicate the benefits of zircon and offer guidance on industry best practice.
Latest news updates from the Zircon Industry Association.
Read our latest blogs on the uses of zircon in our modern world.