Boeing joins forces on titanium powder

Jun 13, 2013 | 05:59 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Boeing, South Africa, titanium, titanium powder, CSIR, Frank haflich

LOS ANGELES — Boeing Co. and South Africa are teaming up to develop titanium powder manufacturing technology.

Chicago-based Boeing and the state-sponsored Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on processes intended to bring titanium powder-based products to commercial markets, including aerospace, on an "industrial scale."

South Africa, which claims to have the world’s second-largest reserves of titanium ore, has developed and patented a technology to convert titanium ore to powder. Earlier this week, CSIR launched a pilot plant in Pretoria expected to be followed by a "semi commercial" plant in two to three years with a capacity of 500 tonnes per year. That will be replaced within a decade by a fully commercial....

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