2019 AGM & Annual Conference

2019 AGM & Annual Conference

DUBAI, 3-5 September

Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek


Join the global zircon industry at its annual conference.

  • Hear the latest developments in the zircon market
  • Understand the current technical and regulatory challenges
  • Gain an understanding of new applications for zircon and zirconia
  • Network with major players in the zircon world

We are pleased to confirm a speaker line up that will once again deliver insights into the zircon industry. The program this year will focus on the wide-ranging downstream applications of zircon / zirconia / zirconium and includes speakers from the ceramic, nuclear, architectural, shipping and foundry industries.


Tuesday 3rd September

Site Visits

  • RAK Ceramics – one of the largest ceramics’ brands in the world
  • Ceramin – a regional leader in providing milled zircon and other materials


Wednesday 4th September

  • Keynote opening address by Abdullah Massaad, CEO RAK Ceramics
  • Zircon supply / demand evolution: Lincoln Ying CEO Matrix Chemicals
  • Review of the global zircon market, Gavin Deiner, CEO TZMI
  • Update on trends in zircon thrifting and substitution: Prof. Javier Garcia, ITC
  • Trends and developments in China’s zircon market: Ruidow, China


Thursday 5th September

  • Keynote opening address: Global Economic Outlook – Robert Ward, Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Outlook for China’s zirconium chemicals’ industry: Alister MacDonald, Alkane
  • Challenges in the shipping and importing of NORM: TAM International
  • Use of Zr-based alloys in the nuclear power industry: Simon Marshall, INEL.
  • Zirconates: new uses and applications: Roberto Dante, 2D to 3D S.r.l.s
  • Zircon demands in foundry and casting applications: Carlos Olabe, EICI
  • USA regulatory developments – minefield or opportunity? Charles Simmons.


Thursday 5th September (afternoon)

Conference Workshops

  • REACH for Dummies
  • Advanced characterisation techniques of zircon flours