Industrial titanium use to remain flat: Dussart

Oct 24, 2012 | 11:08 AM | Frank Haflich

Tags  titanium, Valtimet, Gilles Dussart, Vallourec Group, Allegheny Technologies, industrial market, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Next year could see industrial titanium demand rebound temporarily, but it nevertheless remains flat through 2016, according to an executive of a major tubing producer.

With the exception of a desalination-related upturn next year, the industrial market will likely remain flat and under its capacity to ship product until 2017, Gilles Dussart, chief operating officer of the Valtimet Inc. subsidiary of Boulogne-Billancourt, France-based Vallourec Group, said in a subdued five-year forecast that some industry executives called overly pessimistic.

"I believe that the coming years are not going to be a good time (in terms of) capacity adjustment," he told attendees of the International Titanium Association’s recent meeting in Atlanta.....

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