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Global Nuclear Grade Zirconium Alloy Market Report 2021: Long-term Outlook to 2035 for Sponge, Alloy, Materials, and Tubing Markets

·6-min read

Dublin, June 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Nuclear Grade Zirconium Alloy Market Outlook - 8th Edition" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

This updated report offers the latest analysis of the various sectors that make up the nuclear-grade zirconium sponge, alloy, materials, and tubing markets.

Nuclear-grade zirconium alloys and products are used in the fabrication of fuel assemblies used in the vast majority of current and future nuclear reactor designs around the world. Despite the diminished growth outlook for global nuclear power over the past decade, many aspects of the international nuclear fuel supply chain continue to be of great interest.

The supply of nuclear-grade zirconium - from zircon mineral sand through the cladding and components used in finished fuel assemblies - has also not escaped this scrutiny. Therefore, the primary objective of this report is to factually and analytically approach the current and expected future direction of the nuclear-grade zirconium alloy market with the aim of reaching some clear conclusions about how producers of fuel assemblies for nuclear reactors will obtain the zirconium alloys needed to create their finished products.

Using proprietary demand modeling and other unique research results, we identify the latest major trends in this industry by analyzing the global and regional supply and demand balances for nuclear-grade zirconium sponge, alloy, and tubing as well as the supply and demand situation based on reactor fuel types.

What's New in the 2021 Edition?

  • Enhanced analysis of the latest zirconium minerals market trends, including assessment of the recent effects of trade tensions and the COVID-19 pandemic on the zirconium market and how the future outlook for the market may impact the nuclear zirconium industry

  • Increased analysis of the nuclear zirconium alloy production cycle and the technologies deployed in this industry

  • Updated supply capacities and production data for all producers in the nuclear-grade zirconium supply chain

  • Current nuclear reactor and zirconium demand forecast scenarios through 2035

  • Updated supply forecasts with extended outlook through 2035 for each of the nuclear zirconium sponge, alloy, and tubing markets

  • Renewed discussion of emerging market trends to provide a broader context to key issues, including trade and government policies affecting the zirconium sector, the evolution of accident tolerant nuclear fuels, and the hafnium market

  • Latest nuclear-grade zirconium sponge and alloy market price estimates and future price assessments

  • Improved discussion on the design of BWR and PWR fuel assemblies, the zirconium alloy components of which they are constructed, and the fuel fabrication process

Key Topics Covered:

1 General Zirconium Overview & Zircon Market Review

  • Occurrence

    • Primary Producing Countries

    • Hafnium Occurrence

  • General Uses

    • Zirconium Metal

  • Nuclear Applications

    • New Nuclear Zirconium Alloys Under Development

  • Zircon Resources and Production

    • Reserves and Resources.

    • Zircon Mining

    • Zircon Production

    • Individual Company Production

  • Zircon Consumption and Prices

    • Consumption of Zircon

    • Influence of Tile Manufacturing Techniques

    • Market Dynamics

    • Zircon Prices

    • Zirconium Oxychloride Market

  • The Influence of China

  • Conclusions

2 Manufacturing Processes for Nuclear Fuel Components

  • Production of Zirconium Sponge

    • The Importance of Hafnium Separation

    • Zircon Sand Processing

    • Hafnium Removal

    • Final Sponge Production

  • Manufacture of Zirconium Alloy Ingots

  • Manufacture of Zirconium Alloy Plate, Sheet, Bar Stock, and Tube-Reduced Extrusions (TREX)

  • Production of Nuclear Fuel Tubing

3 Nuclear Zirconium Alloy Materials & Product Suppliers

  • Zirconium Sponge Producers

    • China

    • State Nuclear Baoti Zirconium Industry Company, Ltd. (SNZ)

    • China Nuclear Jinghuan Zirconium Industry Co. Ltd. (CNNC Jinghuan)

    • Guangdong Orient Zirconic Industry Science & Technology Company Ltd. (Orient Zirconic)

  • France

    • Framatome Zirconium Division

  • India

    • Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC)

  • Russia

    • Chepetsky Mechanical Plant (CMP)

  • Ukraine

    • SSPE "Zirconium" (Discontinued)

  • United States

    • ATI Specialty Alloys and Components (ATI-SAC)

    • Western Zirconium (WZ)

  • Producers of Zirconium Alloy Plate, Sheet, Bar Stock, and TREX

  • Argentina

    • Fabricacion de Aleaciones Especiales, SA (FAE)

  • China

    • State Nuclear Baoti Zirconium Industry Company, Ltd. (SNZ)

    • Other Chinese Facilities

  • France

    • Framatome Zirconium Division

  • India

    • Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC)

  • Russia

    • Chepetsky Mechanical Plant (CMP)

  • Sweden

    • Sandvik Materials Technology (SMT)

  • United States

    • ATI Specialty Alloys and Components (ATI-SAC)

    • Western Zirconium (WZ)

  • Zirconium Alloy Traders and Scrap Recyclers

  • Manufacturers of Nuclear Fuel Tubing

  • Argentina

    • Fabricacion de Aleaciones Especiales, SA (FAE)

  • Canada

    • BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada (BWXT Canada)

    • Cameco Fuel Manufacturing, Inc. (CFMI)

  • China

    • State Nuclear Baoti Zirconium Industry Company, Ltd. (SNZ)

    • CNNC-AREVA Shanghai Tubing Co. (CAST)

  • France

    • Framatome Zirconium Division

  • India

    • Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC)

  • Iran

    • Zirconium Production Plant (ZPP)

  • Japan

    • Mitsubishi Nuclear Fuel Company (MNF)

  • Russia

    • Chepetsky Mechanical Plant (CMP)

  • South Korea

    • KEPCO Nuclear Fuel (KNF)

  • Sweden

    • Sandvik Materials Technology (SMT)

  • United Kingdom

    • Fine Tubes, Ltd.

  • United States

    • Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas (GNF)

    • Sandvik Special Metals Corporation (SSM)

    • Superior Tube Company

    • Veridiam

    • Westinghouse Specialty Metals Plant (SMP)

  • Discontinued Tubing Suppliers

  • Duisburg Special Tubes GmbH (Germany)

  • Zirco Products (Japan)

  • Possible Future Supply Developments

4 Nuclear Fuel Fabricators & Zirconium Components Supply

  • Fabrication Market Overview

    • Key Players

    • Framatome

    • Global Nuclear Fuel

    • Westinghouse Electric Company

    • TVEL Fuel Company

    • KEPCO Nuclear Fuel

    • National and Regional Fuel Suppliers

    • Non-LWR Fuel Fabricators

  • Fabrication Supply & Demand

    • Non-LWR Fuel Supply and Demand

  • Fabrication Market Dynamics

  • Zirconium Alloy Components and the Fuel Fabrication Process

    • Fuel Cladding

    • End Plugs or Caps

    • Fuel Rods.

    • Spacer Grids

    • BWR Water Rods/Channels

    • BWR Fuel Channels

    • PWR Guide Tubes/Thimbles and Instrument Tubes

    • End Fittings

    • Construction of the Assembly

  • Zirconium Tubing & BWR Channel Supply to Fabricators

    • Argentina

    • Brazil

    • Canada

    • China

    • France

    • Germany

    • India

    • Japan

    • Kazakhstan

    • South Korea

    • Romania

    • Russia

    • Spain

    • Sweden

    • United Kingdom

    • United States

5 Nuclear Zirconium Supply & Demand Analysis

  • Nuclear Zirconium Demand Modeling

    • Unaccounted for Zirconium Demand

  • Nuclear Zirconium Supply Forecasting

  • Global Supply and Demand for Nuclear-Grade Zirconium Sponge

    • Zirconium Sponge Demand Forecasts

    • Zirconium Sponge Supply Forecast

  • Global Supply and Demand for Nuclear-Grade Zirconium Alloys

    • Zirconium Alloy Demand Forecasts

    • Zirconium Alloy Supply Forecast

  • Global Supply and Demand for Zirconium Tubing

    • Zirconium Tubing Demand Forecasts

    • Zirconium Tubing Supply Forecast

  • Regional Demand and Supply Considerations

    • Regional Demand Distributions

    • Zirconium Alloy

    • Zirconium Tubing

    • Analysis of Regional Supply

    • Zirconium Alloy

    • Zirconium Tubing

  • Reactor Type Demand and Supply Considerations

    • Reactor Type Demand Distributions

    • Zirconium Alloy

    • Zirconium Tubing

  • Analysis of Reactor Type Zirconium Supply and Demand

6 Overall Conclusions & Market Analysis

  • The Influence of Zircon and ZOC Prices

  • The Nuclear Zirconium Alloy Market in the Post-Fukushima World

  • Emerging Market Issues

  • Government Policies and Trade Actions

  • Impact of Accident Tolerant Fuels and Advanced Cladding Designs

  • The Growing Hafnium Market

  • Nuclear Zirconium Alloy Market Trends and Outlook

  • Nuclear-Grade Zirconium Prices

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/yxrnkk

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