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Global Zirconium Industry

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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Zirconium in Metric Tons by the following End-Use Segments: Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals, and Others. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022.  Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs. The report profiles 53 companies including many key and niche players such as -

 Alkane Resources Ltd.
Allegheny Technologies, Inc.
Astron Ltd.
Australian Zircon NL
Bemax Resources Limited

Table Of Contents

Global Zirconium Industry


I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY and PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1 Disclaimers.............. I-2 Data Interpretation and Reporting Level I-2 Quantitative Techniques and Analytics I-3 Product Definitions and Scope of Study I-3 Ceramics.............. I-3 Refractories.............. I-3 Foundry.............. I-4 Chemicals.............. I-4 Others Applications..............I-4

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW.............. II-1 Zirconium: Strong, Malleable, Ductile Metal with Excellent Corrosion Resistance..............II-1 Properties of Zirconium..............II-2 Myriad End-Use Applications Drive Healthy Growth in Market Demand II-2 Major End-Use Applications of Zirconium: Fast Facts II-3 Zirconium Alloys..............II-4 Zirconium Replacing Harmful Chemicals in Daily Lives II-4 Zirconium Emerges as Eco-Friendly Metal II-5 Zirconium Oxygen Sensors..............II-5 Air/Fuel Sensor.............. II-5 Zirconium-Ceramic.............. II-5 Zirconia as a Catalyst..............II-5 Flap Discs.............. II-6 Zirconia-Based Phases for Ion-Exchange Chromatography II-6 Newer Uses of Zirconium Dioxide II-6 Other Noteworthy End-Use Industries that Use Zirconium along with the Respective Application Areas II-6 China: Largest Market for Zirconium Worldwide II-7 Australia and South Africa: Dominant Countries Worldwide in Terms of Zirconium Reserves and Production II-7 Table 1: Global Zirconium Reserves by Country (2016E): Breakdown of Reserves (in Thousand Metric Tons) for Australia, China, India, Mozambique, South Africa, the US, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-8

Table 2: Global Zirconium Mine Production by Country (2016E): Percentage Share Breakdown of Mine Production (in Thousand Metric Tons) for Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Mozambique, South Africa, the US, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-8

Table 3: Global Zircon Production (in Thousand Metric Tons) for the Period 2006 to 2016E (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. II-9 Global Market Outlook..............II-9 Reviving Global Economy to Benefit Demand for Zirconium II-9 Table 4: World Real GDP Growth Rates in % (2014-2017P): Breakdown by Country/Region (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. II-11

2. COMPETITION.............. II-12 Competitive Landscape: Iluka Resources is the Market Leader II-12 Table 5: Leading Zircon Companies Worldwide (2015E): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Demand for Iluka Resources, Richards Bay Minerals, Tronox Western Australia Pty Ltd, Cristal Australia Pty Ltd, Kenmare Resources, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-12 Recent Zircon Sand Projects by Leading Companies: A Brief Overview.............. II-12 Alkane Resources Modifies Dubbo Project Construction Design II-13 Global Leading Zircon Producers Reduce Prices in Early 2016 II-13

3. MARKET TRENDS, ISSUES and DRIVERS II-14 Growing Volume Consumption of Ceramic Tiles Drives Demand for Zirconium.............. II-14 Table 6: Global Volume Consumption (in Million Square Feet) of Ceramic Tiles: 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-15 Steady Growth in Refractories and Foundries Support Market Expansion.............. II-16 Investment Casting: A Major Growth Area for Zirconium in the Foundries Segment.............. II-16 Increasing Use of Zirconium in Sand Casting Bodes Well for Market Demand.............. II-17 Resurgence in Nuclear Power Generation Fuels Demand for Zirconium Metal in Nuclear Reactor Cores and Rods II-17 Table 7: Number of Operated Nuclear Reactors Worldwide by Country: 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-19

Table 8: Number of Nuclear Reactors under Construction Worldwide by Country: 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. II-20 Effect of Fukushima Accident in Japan II-20 High Heat Resistant Properties of Zirconium Metal Drives Demand in the Aerospace and Defense Industry II-21 Rising Use of Orthopedic and Dental Implants Boosts Market Demand II-21 Zirconium Emerge as a Strong and Reliable Material for Dental and Orthopedic Implants..............II-23 Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticles Offer Lucrative Growth Opportunities.............. II-24 Cubic Zirconia or Fake Diamonds: Another Application of Zirconia Mineral with Huge Untapped Potential II-25 Post-Recession Recovery in the Chemical Industry Benefits Market Prospects in the Near Term II-25 Zirconium Use in Coatings Gain Momentum II-26 Emerging and Newer Applications to Balance Demand and Supply, Augurs Well for the Market..............II-26 Table 9: Global Zirconium Market (2013-2020): Breakdown of Supply and Demand of Zircon in Thousand Tons (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-27 Rapid Urbanization Favors Demand for Zirconium-based Sophisticated Products..............II-27 Table 10: World Urban Population in Thousands: 1950-2050P (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-28

Table 11: Degree of Urbanization Worldwide: Urban Population as a % of Total Population by Geographic Region for the Years 1990, 2014 and 2050 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-29 Key Factors/Challenges Hampering Market Prospects for Zirconium II-29 Adoption of Various Alternate Minerals in Key End-Use Applications.............. II-29 Price Volatility.............. II-30 Table 12: Global Zirconium Market (2013-2020): Breakdown of Zircon Sand Prices in US$ per Ton (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. II-31 Oversupply in Titanium Feedstock II-31 Strong Chinese Demand and Restricted Supply II-31 Health and Environmental Effects of Zirconium II-32 Discontinued Use of Zirconium in TV Glass II-33 Challenges Associated with Usage in Dental Implants II-33

4. TRADE STATISTICS.............. II-34 Table 13: Global Market for Zirconium Ores and Concentrates (2014 and 2015): Percentage Share Breakdown of Exports Values by Exporting Country (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-34

Table 14: Global Market for Zirconium Ores and Concentrates (2014 and 2015): Percentage Share Breakdown of Imports Values by Importing Country (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-35

Table 15: Global Market for Unwrought Zirconium and Zirconium Powders (2014 and 2015): Percentage Share Breakdown of Exports Values by Exporting Country (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. II-36

Table 16: Global Market for Unwrought Zirconium and Zirconium Powders (2014 and 2015): Percentage Share Breakdown of Imports Values by Importing Country (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. II-37

5. PRODUCT OVERVIEW.............. II-38 Zirconium.............. II-38 Structure of Zirconium Formation II-38 Historical Review.............. II-39 Properties.............. II-39 Zirconium Properties, End-use Industries and Application Areas II-39 General and Chemical Properties II-40 Sources.............. II-41 Zircon.............. II-41 Grades of Zircon..............II-41 Baddeleyite/Zirconia..............II-41 Substitutes.............. II-42 Substitutes of Zirconium and Zircon II-42 Manufacturing Process..............II-42 Steps Involved in Kroll Process II-42 Various Types of Zirconium..............II-42 Various Types of Zirconium and Their Applications II-43 Fused Zirconia.............. II-43 Unsterilized Zirconia..............II-43 Fully Stabilized Zirconia..............II-43 Partially Stabilized Zirconia..............II-44 Zirconium Metal.............. II-44 Zirconium Powder..............II-44 Zirconium Sponge..............II-44 Zirconium Crystal Bar..............II-44 Zirconium Chemicals..............II-44 Applications of zirconium chemicals include the following: II-45 Zirconium Alloys.............. II-46 Zirconium Tungstate..............II-46 ZAG Compounds.............. II-46 A Note on Hafnium and Titanium II-46 Hafnium.............. II-46 Titanium.............. II-46 Major End-Use Applications of Zirconium II-46

6. PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS/INNOVATIONS II-48 Glidewell Rolls Out BruxZir® Anterior Solid Zirconia II-48 ZIRCOMET Showcases ZP-261 and ZP-262 Powders II-48 Socomore Unveils Socogel..............II-48 3M™ ESPE™ Rolls Out Lava™ Plus II-48 Henry Schein Unveils Zirlux FC2 Zirconium Oxide System II-48 Innovnano Introduces 3YSZ..............II-48

7. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY..............II-49 Southern Ionics Minerals Commences Operations from New Plant II-49 Tosoh Augmenting Zirconia Production Capacity II-49 Southern Ionics to Start Mining Operations II-49 Saint-Gobain Acquires Z-Tech..............II-49 Areva Partners With CNNC..............II-49

8. FOCUS ON SELECT GLOBAL PLAYERS..............II-50 Alkane Resources Ltd. (Australia) II-50 Allegheny Technologies, Inc. (ATI) (US) II-50 Wah Chang (US).............. II-50 Astron Ltd. (Australia)..............II-51 Astron Advanced Materials Ltd. (China) II-51 Australian Zircon NL (Australia) II-51 Bemax Resources Limited (Australia) II-52 Cristal Australia Pty Ltd (Australia) II-52 E.I DuPont de Nemours and Company (US) II-52 Foskor Ltd. (South Africa)..............II-52 Iluka Resources Limited (Australia) II-53 Imerys Fused Minerals Murg GmbH (Germany) II-53 Kenmare Resources plc (Ireland)..............II-53 Luxfer Group (UK).............. II-54 Molycorp, Inc. (US).............. II-55 Neo Material Technologies, Inc. (Canada) II-55 Richards Bay Minerals (South Africa) II-55 Oxkem Limited (UK)..............II-55 Sino Dragon New Energy Holdings Limited (China) II-56 Shandong Goldensun Zirconium Industry Co., Ltd. (China) II-56 Tosoh Corp. (Japan).............. II-56 Tronox Limited (US).............. II-57 Exxaro Resources Ltd. (South Africa) II-57 Zhejiang Jinkun Zirconium Industry Co., Ltd (China) II-57 Zircomet Limited (UK)..............II-57

9. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE..............II-58 Table 17: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-58

Table 18: World Historic Review for Zirconium by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-59

Table 19: World 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-60 Volume Analysis by End-use Application II-61 Table 20: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium Application in Ceramics by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-61

Table 21: World Historic Review for Zirconium Application in Ceramics by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-62

Table 22: World 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium Application in Ceramics by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-63

Table 23: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium Application in Refractories by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-64

Table 24: World Historic Review for Zirconium Application in Refractories by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-65

Table 25: World 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium Application in Refractories by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-66

Table 26: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium Application in Foundries by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-67

Table 27: World Historic Review for Zirconium Application in Foundries by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-68

Table 28: World 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium Application in Foundries by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-69

Table 29: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium Application in Chemicals by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-70

Table 30: World Historic Review for Zirconium Application in Chemicals by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-71

Table 31: World 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium Application in Chemicals by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-72

Table 32: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Other Zirconium Applications by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-73

Table 33: World Historic Review for Other Zirconium Applications by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-74

Table 34: World 14-Year Perspective for Other Zirconium Applications by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............II-75

III. MARKET

1. THE UNITED STATES.............. III-1 A.Market Analysis.............. III-1 Current and Future Analysis..............III-1 Market Overview.............. III-1 Table 35: US Zirconium Market (2012-2015): Prices in US$ Per Metric Ton (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-2 Strong Growth in Bioceramics Applications Benefits Market Demand.............. III-2 Table 36: Advanced Ceramics Market in the US (2015): Percentage Share Breakdown of Demand by Raw Material Type (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-3 Imports/Exports Scenario..............III-3 Exports.............. III-3 Table 37: US Market for Zirconium Ores and Concentrates (2014 and 2015): Percentage Share Breakdown of Exports Values by Destination Country (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-4 Imports.............. III-4 Table 38: US Market for Zirconium Ores and Concentrates (2014 and 2015): Percentage Share Breakdown of Imports Values by Country of Origin (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-5

Table 39: US Zircon (ZrO2) Imports in Metric Tons: 2012 - 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-6

Table 40: US Zircon (ZrO2) Exports in Metric Tons: 2012 - 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-7 Product Launches..............III-7 Strategic Corporate Developments III-8 Select Key Players..............III-8 B.Market Analytics..............III-11 Table 41: US Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-11

Table 42: US Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-12

Table 43: US 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-13

2. CANADA.............. III-14 A.Market Analysis.............. III-14 Current and Future Analysis..............III-14 EXIM Statistics.............. III-14 Table 44: Canadian Market for Zirconium Ores and Concentrates (2014 and 2015): Percentage Share Breakdown of Exports Values by Destination Country (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-14

Table 45: Canadian Market for Zirconium Ores and Concentrates (2014 and 2015): Percentage Share Breakdown of Imports Values by Country of Origin (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-15 Neo Material Technologies, Inc. - A Major Canada-Based Company III-15 B.Market Analytics..............III-16 Table 46: Canadian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-16

Table 47: Canadian Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-17

Table 48: Canadian 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-18

3. JAPAN.............. III-19 A.Market Analysis.............. III-19 Current and Future Analysis..............III-19 Rising Prominence of Advanced Ceramics Spurs Demand for Zirconium.............. III-19 Corporate Development..............III-19 Tosoh Corp. - A Major Japan-Based Company III-19 B.Market Analytics..............III-20 Table 49: Japanese Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-20

Table 50: Japanese Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-21

Table 51: Japanese 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-22

4. EUROPE.............. III-23 A.Market Analysis.............. III-23 Current and Future Analysis..............III-23 Steady Growth in Demand for Advanced Ceramics Benefits Market Prospects.............. III-23 Growing Dental Biomaterials Market in Europe Offers Growth Opportunities.............. III-24 B.Market Analytics..............III-25 Table 52: European Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-25

Table 53: European Historic Review for Zirconium by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-26

Table 54: European 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-27

Table 55: European Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-28

Table 56: European Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-29

Table 57: European 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-30

4a. FRANCE.............. III-31 A.Market Analysis.............. III-31 Current and Future Analysis..............III-31 Product Launch.............. III-31 B.Market Analytics..............III-32 Table 58: French Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-32

Table 59: French Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-33

Table 60: French 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-34

4b. GERMANY.............. III-35 A.Market Analysis.............. III-35 Current and Future Analysis..............III-35 Imerys Fused Minerals Murg GmbH - A Major Germany-Based Company III-35 B.Market Analytics..............III-36 Table 61: German Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-36

Table 62: German Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-37

Table 63: German 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-38

4c. ITALY.............. III-39 A.Market Analysis.............. III-39 Current and Future Analysis..............III-39 B.Market Analytics..............III-39 Table 64: Italian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-39

Table 65: Italian Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-40

Table 66: Italian 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-41

4d. THE UNITED KINGDOM..............III-42 A.Market Analysis.............. III-42 Current and Future Analysis..............III-42 Product Launch.............. III-42 Select Key Players..............III-42 B.Market Analytics..............III-44 Table 67: UK Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-44

Table 68: UK Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-45

Table 69: UK 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-46

4e. SPAIN.............. III-47 A.Market Analysis.............. III-47 Current and Future Analysis..............III-47 B.Market Analytics..............III-47 Table 70: Spanish Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-47

Table 71: Spanish Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-48

Table 72: Spanish 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-49

4f. RUSSIA.............. III-50 A.Market Analysis.............. III-50 Current and Future Analysis..............III-50 B.Market Analytics..............III-50 Table 73: Russian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-50

Table 74: Russian Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-51

Table 75: Russian 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-52

4g. REST OF EUROPE.............. III-53 A.Market Analysis.............. III-53 Current and Future Analysis..............III-53 Product Launch.............. III-53 B.Market Analytics..............III-54 Table 76: Rest of European Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-54

Table 77: Rest of European Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-55

Table 78: Rest of European 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-56

5. CHINA.............. III-57 A.Market Analysis.............. III-57 Current and Future Analysis..............III-57 China: Largest Producer of Zirconium Chemicals Worldwide III-57 Table 79: Regional Distribution of Chinese Zirconium Production (2015E): Percentage Share Breakdown of Zirconium Production Volume by Region (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-58

Table 80: Chinese Zirconium Market (2011-2015): Annual Mine Production in Thousand Tons (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-58 China Continue to Witness Significant Demand for Zircon III-58 Booming Biomaterials Market in the Country Drives Demand for Zirconium.............. III-59 Rising Demand for Advanced Ceramics Benefits Growth Prospects for Zirconium..............III-59 China to Limit Rare Mineral Exploitation III-60 EXIM Statistics.............. III-60 Table 81: Chinese Market for Zirconium Ores and Concentrates (2014 and 2015): Breakdown of Imports and Exports in Value and Volume Terms (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-60 Corporate Development..............III-61 Select Key Players..............III-61 B.Market Analytics..............III-62 Table 82: Chinese Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-62

Table 83: Chinese Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-63

Table 84: Chinese 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-64

6. ASIA-PACIFIC.............. III-65 A.Market Analysis.............. III-65 Current and Future Analysis..............III-65 Growing Market for Dental Bone Graft Substitutes and Biomaterials Propel Demand for Zirconium III-65 Australia: A Major Producer of Zirconium Worldwide III-65 Table 85: Australian Zircon Market (2011-2015): Breakdown of Zircon Production Volume in Kt (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-66 Zircon Prices Decline in Australia III-66 Table 86: Australian Zircon Market (2011-2015): Breakdown of Zircon FOB Price in Bulk US$ per Ton (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-66 Select Key Players..............III-67 B.Market Analytics..............III-69 Table 87: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by Geographic Region - India and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-69

Table 88: Asia-Pacific Historic Review for Zirconium by Geographic Region - India and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-70

Table 89: Asia-Pacific 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for India and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-71

Table 90: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-72

Table 91: Asia-Pacific Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-73

Table 92: Asia-Pacific 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-74

6a. INDIA.............. III-75 A.Market Analysis.............. III-75 Current and Future Analysis..............III-75 Upward Movement of the Chemical Industry Improves Demand Prospects for Zirconium..............III-75 Rising Demand for Orthopedic Biomaterials Spurs Growth III-75 B.Market Analytics..............III-76 Table 93: Indian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-76

Table 94: Indian Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-77

Table 95: Indian 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-78

6b. REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC..............III-79 A.Market Analysis.............. III-79 Current and Future Analysis..............III-79 B.Market Analytics..............III-79 Table 96: Rest of Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-79

Table 97: Rest of Asia-Pacific Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-80

Table 98: Rest of Asia-Pacific 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-81

7. LATIN AMERICA.............. III-82 A.Market Analysis.............. III-82 Current and Future Analysis..............III-82 B.Market Analytics..............III-82 Table 99: Latin American Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by Geographic Region - Brazil and Rest of Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-82

Table 100: Latin American Historic Review for Zirconium by Geographic Region - Brazil and Rest of Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-83

Table 101: Latin American 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Brazil and Rest of Latin American Markets for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-84

Table 102: Latin American Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-85

Table 103: Latin American Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-86

Table 104: Latin American 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-87

7a. BRAZIL.............. III-88 A.Market Analysis.............. III-88 Current and Future Analysis..............III-88 B.Market Analytics..............III-88 Table 105: Brazilian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-88

Table 106: Brazilian Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-89

Table 107: Brazilian 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-90

7b. REST OF LATIN AMERICA..............III-91 A.Market Analysis.............. III-91 Current and Future Analysis..............III-91 B.Market Analytics..............III-91 Table 108: Rest of Latin American Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-91

Table 109: Rest of Latin American Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-92

Table 110: Rest of Latin American 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-93

8. REST OF WORLD.............. III-94 A.Market Analysis.............. III-94 Current and Future Analysis..............III-94 Table 111: South African Zircon Market (2011-2015): Breakdown of Zircon Production Volume in Kt (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-94 Select Key Players..............III-94 B.Market Analytics..............III-96 Table 112: Rest of World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).............. III-96

Table 113: Rest of World Historic Review for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications Independently Analyzed with Annual Demand Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2009 through 2014 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-97

Table 114: Rest of World 14-Year Perspective for Zirconium by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Demand Volume for Ceramics, Refractories, Foundries, Chemicals and Other Applications for Years 2009, 2016 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)..............III-98

IV. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Total Companies Profiled: 53 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries - 64)

The United States (18) Japan (4) Europe (18) - France (4) - The United Kingdom (6) - Rest of Europe (8) Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (20) Latin America (1) Africa (3)

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