Zircon Industry Enjoys Successful Conference
The event attracted over 100 delegates from more than 80 organizations in 26 countries.
With a theme of “The Zircon Industry—What’s Just Over the Horizon?,” the Zircon Industry Association’s (ZIA) annual conference was held recently in Bangkok, Thailand. The event attracted over 100 delegates from more than 80 organizations in 26 countries.
“This year’s conference was the largest and most ambitious we have organized,” said Keven Harlow, Ph.D., the ZIA’s executive director. “The two-day event, held for the first time in Asia, exceeded expectations in terms of the number of delegates and the quality of the presentations. The program was carefully designed for maximum appeal and utility, focusing on the latest developments and market trends affecting zircon production and use.”
Keynote addresses by Tom O’Leary of Iluka Resources and Andrew Staples, Ph.D., from The Economist Intelligence Unit opened proceedings on the first and second days, respectively, heading up a total of 16 presentations. Topics ranged from the market dynamics of zircon and its various derivatives to emerging applications, current R&D, and an expert macroeconomic overview of Asia that provided a backdrop to regional developments and the possible impact of current geopolitical events.
“The presentation on very large ceramic tiles, or ‘slabs’, by Simon Brough from Zircon Minerals Malaysia was particularly well received as this new demand, driven by architectural designs, uses innovative manufacturing techniques utilizing the superior technical properties of zircon as an opacifier,” said Harlow. “Events like these require months of detailed organization, but the incredible feedback from delegates tells us that it was very much appreciated. Moreover, it allowed them to extract full benefit from their time at the event, as well as to relax and enjoy the opportunity to network with industry colleagues from around the world.”
Additional details are available at www.zircon-association.org.