Japan sponge makers shift to low-grade input

Oct 17, 2012 | 01:33 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  titanium sponge, titanium feedstock, rutile, Osaka Titanium, Titanium Metals, Henry Seiner, Frank Haflich

ATLANTA — Japanese titanium sponge producers, caught between high feedstock prices and titanium markets that have fallen below expectations this year, are shifting toward lower-grade feedstock in an attempt to reduce their costs, according to the president of Osaka Titanium Technologies Co. Ltd.

Shozo Nishizawa, who also is president of the Japan Titanium Association, told the International Titanium Association conference in Atlanta that Japan’s sponge industry has shifted from using only high-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) in 2010 to approximately 50-percent mid- to low-grade TiO2 to produce sponge in 2012.....

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