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Factsheets and Papers

ZIA publishes factsheets and industry position papers on issues affecting the zircon industry.

Industry Position Papers

Industry position paper on corrosivity to metals

Published May 2019

ZIA published an Industry Position Paper about how independent tests, commissioned by ZIA, confirmed that zircon was not corrosive to metal when shipped in bulk when tested in accordance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Interim Guidance for Conducting the Refined MHB (Materials Hazardous only in Bulk) Corrosivity (Cr) Test. Copies of the test report associated with this paper are available to the relevant authorities and ZIA members on request.


Facts about zircon

Published April 2019

ZIA published a factsheet outlining basic facts about zircon and its derivatives including its uses, where it is mined and how it is transported across the globe. Written principally for the shipping industry, it provides all the relevant facts about zircon to ensure this valuable material can continue to be transported without issue across the globe.

International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code

Published June 2016

Most zircon sand is shipped in seagoing bulk carriers, unpackaged. A shipment is typically 1,000 mt, but may be as high as 10,000 mt. This factsheet explains the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes code and how this may impact the shipment of zircon.

Industry Guidance

We aim to support our members by providing guidance on best practice in the industry. We also represent and support the zirconium value chain by educating and informing governments, industry bodies and other key stakeholders on the uses and benefits of zircon and its derivatives – including in the context of emerging regulatory challenges and industry-wide technical issues.