LOS ANGELES J.
Landis Martin will receive the International Titanium
Associations (ITAs) Lifetime Achievement Award at
the groups annual conference Oct. 6-9 in Las Vegas.
Martin, founder and
managing director of Denver-based private equity investment
firm Platte River Ventures Inc., was an executive at Titanium
Metals Corp. (Timet) for 18 years, including 16 years as chief
executive officer, before retiring as chairman and chief
executive in 2005.
During his tenure at
Timet, now based in Exton, Pa., Martin oversaw the
companys acquisition of vacuum-distillation capabilities
from Japan, which led to a new sponge facility in Henderson,
Nev., as well as its investment in cold hearth melting
technology with the purchase of Stockholm-based Axel Johnson
Inc.s Titanium Hearth Technologies in Morgantown, Pa.,
where the electron-beam melting capacity was subsequently
Under Martin, Timet
also raised its global footprint with the acquisition of
production capacity in the United Kingdom and France.
titanium properties include Derry, Pa.-based TSI Titanium Inc.,
a producer of rolled and forged bar products; Irwindale,
Calif.-based Sierra Alloys Co., which supplies forged and
rolled titanium and specialty steel products for aerospace and
defense markets; and Monaca, Pa.-based MetCon LLC, which is
commercializing a new conditioning process for titanium.
MetCon chief executive
officer Kurt Faller said in a statement that Martin "was at the
forefront of transforming the titanium industry from a number
of small, disparate producers to an industry of global