Titanium engine mart sees challenges ahead

Oct 13, 2011 | 02:46 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Titanium Association, titanium, ATI, Richard Harshman, Pratt & Whitney, James Hansen, Rolls-Royce, Amit Chatterjee Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe

LOS ANGELES — Titanium looks to be on a roll in aircraft engines through most of this decade, but its share of the market appears likely to decline in the long run.

The years immediately ahead are bright for titanium’s engine market, although more-demanding requirements are bringing challenges, industry executives said at the International Titanium Association’s annual conference in San Diego.

Citing an "unprecedented production ramp rate" in commercial aerospace, Richard J. Harshman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI), said that engine builds will increase to more than 3,000 in 2014 from 2,500 this year, and even beyond 2014 "you still see a strong commercial aerospace market."....

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