Japan’s titanium shipments backslide

Oct 09, 2013 | 03:57 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  titanium, Japan, titanium shipments, desalination plants, titanium sponge, Shinya Higuchi, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., Japan Titamium Society International Titanium Association

LAS VEGAS — Japanese titanium producers are again fighting a severe downturn in their markets following a temporary spike in new desalination plant construction, which brought a near-recovery from the global recession, the president of the Japan Titanium Society (JTS) said this week.

Shinya Higuchi, who is also executive vice president of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., Tokyo, told the International Titanium Association (ITA) that the industry’s mill product shipments in the first six months of 2013 fell 42 percent.....

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