Zirconium resources are highly concentrated across the globe. A overwhelming majority of zirconium ore reserves are in the hands of Austrilia and South Africa which made up 80.96% of the global total in 2013. In 2013, the gross reserves of zirconium ore resources in China hit 500,000 tons, standing at less than 1% of the world’s total, largely spreading in Southeasten coastal regions like Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi as well as Southwesten regions such as Sichuan and Yunnan. In recent years, China has made continuous efforts in launching uhligite exploitation projects in overseas countries such as Mozambique and Indonesia progressively.
Global And China Zirconium Industry Research Report, 2013-2016