This year’s Zircon Industry Association (ZIA) Annual Conference, titled ‘Zircon – where to next for downstream users?’, will offer delegates the opportunity to hear the latest developments in the zircon value chain and gain a greater understanding of the current technical and regulatory trends.

The conference, being held in Dubai for the first time, will see over 120 delegates hear 15 presentations delivered by industry experts and academics on a wide variety of topics. Keynote addresses from RAK Ceramic’s CEO, Abdallah Massaad, and Robert Ward, Editorial Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, will set the tone for each day of the conference. Presentations on zircon market dynamics, the outlook for the Chinese market and supply & demand review will offer delegates a global update of the industry.

The conference also features presentations on zirconium, including a new process for the clean manufacturing of high-purity zirconium metal delivered by Professor Jong-Hyeon Lee, and the critical use of zirconium-based alloys in the nuclear power industry presented by Simon Marshall.

Local Dubai architect Deepak Prabakaran will review the building design trends to watch in 2020, while Dr Francisco Javier Garcia Ten will highlight the results from a ZIA-supported project on the current trends in zircon thrifting and substitution in ceramic tiles.

As well as receiving an overview of the global market and gaining a greater understanding of current applications of zircon, delegates will also have the opportunity to hear about future potential uses of zircon. Dr Roberto Dante will present his findings on new uses and applications of zirconates, whilst Emma Jones will highlight her research on advanced techniques for understanding zircon quality.

Dr Keven Harlow, Executive Director of the Zircon Industry Association, said:

‘This year’s ZIA conference is set to be our largest ever event, with over 120 executives and researchers representing 90 organisations from 25 countries in attendance, reflecting not only the strong programme content, but also the credibility and reputation that our ZIA conference now brings to the industry as a whole. Supported by site visits to two key consumers of zircon in the UAE, RAK Ceramics and Ceramin, the high quality programme of presentations, coupled with an unprecedented networking opportunity, all means that ZIA’s annual event is now widely recognised as the ‘heartbeat of the industry’.’

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Notes to editors

  1. The ZIA Annual Conference is being held during 3-5 September 2019 at the Park Hyatt, Dubai, UAE.
  2. The Zircon Industry Association (ZIA) is an independent industry association. Its mission is to represent and support the interests of the zircon, zirconia and zirconium value chains, from zircon sand production, to a wide range of downstream products including zircon flour, opacifiers, refractory materials, friction materials, fused zirconias and zirconium chemicals, metal and alloys. Its membership represents some 80% of the globally-produced zircon tonnage.

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