Aerospace titanium lead times shrink

Aug 24, 2012 | 04:39 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Titanium, aerospace, lead times, Boeing, Dreamliner, Airbus, Qantas, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Delivery lead times on aerospace titanium to service centers and other buyers have shrunk significantly in the midst of a flat market, and there is little indication of an imminent uptick.

Mill lead times to distributors for small bars of standard aerospace titanium alloy 6 aluminum/4 vanadium have contracted to about eight weeks from 12 to 14 weeks earlier this year, market sources said, while lead times for titanium 6/4 plate and sheet is eight to 10 weeks, down from 14 to 16 weeks at the start of 2012.....

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