Zircon Sand, the largest global deposits are found in Australia and Southern Africa, but smaller volumes in Southeast Asia, China, East and West Africa, Ukraine and in North and South America. The zircon sand can also be fine milled to produce different particle size of flour, opacifiers (silicate), or used to make fused zirconia, zirconium derived chemicals and zirconium metal.
Zircon sand is directly used in ceramics, specialty castings, foundry applications, refractories and other minor applications where its resistance to high temperature and abrasion make it extremely valuable in the manufacturing processes. It’s used for glazes and frits for tiles in the ceramics industry as well as pigments where its opacity and hardness give a whiteness and durability to tiles, sanitary ware and tableware . In the foundry industry, it is mainly used as a raw material for refractory bricks and mortars, furnace linings and refractory castables. It is also utilized in a range of other high-tech industrial and chemical applications