Drop in 2014 industrial titanium demand seen

Oct 23, 2013 | 02:16 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  titanium, Uniti, Allegheny Technologies, ATI, VSMPO-Avisma, Kevin Cain, Raz Az Zawr, Yunbu Power and Desalination Plants Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — The absence of large-scale desalination projects is contributing to an anticipated decline in global industrial titanium demand in 2014, according to an industry executive.

Kevin Cain, president of Moon Township, Pa.-based Uniti LLC, told the International Titanium Association (ITA) conference in Las Vegas that industrial titanium shipments will drop around 12.1 percent to 29,000 tonnes (about 63.93 million pounds) in 2014 from an average of 33,000 tonnes (72.75 million pounds) per year from 2011 through 2013, despite improvements in some other industrial sectors.

Unlike in the United States, where commercial and military aerospace typically accounts for 60 to 70 percent of shipments, non-aerospace demand—of which industrial is the largest segment—can represent up to half of the global market. ....

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