Titanium sponge imports reflect dip in demand

Apr 19, 2013 | 03:17 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  titanium, sponge, titanium sponge, titanium scrap, U.S. Geological Survey, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Titanium sponge imports were flat in 2012, but a decline in fourth-quarter arrivals appeared to signal a period of lackluster domestic demand which has continued into this year.
The United States imported 33,600 tonnes of titanium sponge in 2012, down only slightly from 33,800 tonnes in 2011, according to data released recently by the U.S. Geological Survey. However, sponge imports reached 6,800 tons in the fourth quarter, down 23.3 percent from the previous quarter and down 31.7 percent from the year-ago period. ....

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