Low-price titanium scrap slows sponge imports

Nov 13, 2013 | 12:07 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  titanium sponge, sponge imports, titanium scrap, RTI International Metals, ATI, Allegheny Technologies, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Titanium sponge imports have plummeted this year, underscoring the rising role of scrap in the U.S. titanium melt.

U.S. titanium sponge imports fell to 3,390 tonnes in the second quarter, down 39.5 percent from 5,600 tonnes in the first three months of this year and 62.6 percent below 9,060 tonnes in the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest data from the U.S. Geological Survey.....

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