Titanium data pool shrinks as ATI curbs details

Apr 26, 2013 | 12:19 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  titanium, ATI, Allegheny Technologies, Allvac, specialty metals, Titanium Metals, Timet, Precision Castparts PCC

LOS ANGELES — Mining for U.S. shipment and pricing figures for titanium is becoming increasingly difficult as the pool of data reported by producers shrinks.

Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) sold 10.3 million pounds of titanium in the first quarter, it said this past week. But other, more detailed, figures that the company had reported for years were missing, and a spokesman for the Pittsburgh-based specialty metals producer indicated that that data—including shipping volumes and average prices of titanium mill products, along with those for nickel-based material and zirconium produced by ATI’s High Performance Metals group—won’t be disclosed in the future.

One of the chief contributors to the business segment is ATI’s Allvac Inc. unit in Monroe, N.C., a major U.S. producer of aerospace alloy titanium and nickel-based long products. The other main component of ATI’s titanium business (separate from High Performance Metals) is flat-rolled products, mainly non-aerospace, commercially pure titanium produced by Uniti LLC, a Moon Township, Pa.-based joint venture with Russian producer VSMPO-Avisma Corp.....

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