ATI’s Utah plant to stay below capacity

Apr 28, 2014 | 04:54 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  ATI, Allegheney Technologies, titanium, titanium sponge, Rowley plant, Timet, Titanium Metals, Richard Harshman aerospace qualification

LOS ANGELES — Lagging demand from nonaerospace industrial markets means Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) will continue to run its titanium sponge facility below capacity, as the sponge it has already earmarked to achieve a premium-quality rating now goes downstream for melt qualification.

ATI’s Rowley, Utah, sponge plant has "produced all of the sponge" that’s required in its program to qualify for the premium-quality designation generally associated with rotating parts in aircraft engines, chairman, president and chief executive officer Richard J. Harshman said during a quarterly earnings call.

However, primarily due to low demand from industrial markets, "we continue to operate the facility below capacity," according to a transcript of the call.....

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