Producers find diversification for the strong, light metal

Nov 01, 2010 | 07:24 AM | Bill Beck

A recession in the aerospace industry in 1992-93 was the spur that convinced titanium producers to actively pursue other markets, including sports and medical applications. Industry leaders quickly began research to position titanium in what were termed "second-tier" markets.

Lightweight, with a high strength-to-weight ratio and able to absorb shock and dampen blows, titanium quickly found usage in bicycle manufacturing and in such equipment as baseball bats, hockey sticks and golf club shafts. But it was titanium's essential biocompatibility that ensured its acceptance in medical circles.....

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