Zircon Industry Association, 24 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4AP, UK
 

Market Support & Development

We aim to support the zircon market by responding to industry issues, by developing new applications for zircon and by enhancing existing applications for zircon wherever possible.

Market Support

We aim to support the zircon market by responding to industry issues, by developing new applications for zircon and by enhancing existing applications for zircon wherever possible.

As the industry body representing zircon and its derivatives, we believe that an informed value chain is essential to support effective and efficient operations for our members. Not only do we want to understand the issues that affect our customer industries and their use of our materials, we also want them to be aware of any issues facing our industry so that they can act and plan accordingly. In order to achieve this, we have established partnerships within key industrial sectors and continue to reach out to others.

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Research & Development Support

One of ZIA’s key aims is to promote and support the development of new applications for zircon and its derivatives, as well as to supporting existing applications.

ZIA offers technical and financial support to selected R&D projects. Project proposals may be submitted and will be reviewed by our Technical Committee. There is no prescribed format, but please ensure that you define the project's technical objectives, current state-of-the-art and the anticipated benefits for the usage of zircon and/or its derivatives.

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of various criteria, including:

  • Relevance to the purposes of the ZIA
  • Importance to the usage, both current and future, of zircon and/or its derivatives
  • Scientific and technical merit expertise and capability of the proposer(s)

If you would like more information on the process or would like to speak to someone prior to submitting your application, please contact ZIA.

Download our Zircon Technical Handbook for detailed information on emerging R&D along the zirconium value chain

Market Support & Development

Publications Review

ZIA monitors global R&D activity along the zircon value chain, using a variety of scholarly search engines and produces a review of publications on an annual basis.

The publication reviews are available to members.

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LCA

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) evaluates the environmental burden associated with a product, process, or activity by identifying and quantifying the energy and materials used and wastes released to the environment. The aim is to assess the overall impact on the environment, and to identify and evaluate opportunities to effect improvements.

Assessments can include the entire life cycle from extraction to end use and recycling or final disposal; or can be limited to defined sections such as the manufacture or the raw material, ending at the ‘gate’ of the final product manufacturer.

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ZIA Research Projects

ZIA aims to promote and support the development of new applications for zircon and its derivatives, as well as existing applications. Market development activity includes the commissioning of zircon related research.

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