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ITA conference set to present full spectrum for sector

Sep 26, 2016 | 11:53 AM | Fastmarkets AMM staff

Tags  Titanium, aerospace, automotive, International Titanium Association, ITA, Titanium USA, Scottsdale, Ariz

As the international titanium supply chain has grown in scope over the past decade, attendance at the ITA conference series has doubled.

The International Titanium Association’s (ITA) Titanium USA 2016 is scheduled for Sept. 25-28 at the J. W. Marriott Desert Ridge Golf Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. This is the 32nd annual gathering of the international conference and exhibition.

Titanium USA is part of the Titanium series hosted by ITA. A non-pro?t trade group established in 1984, the ITA’s mission is to connect the public with Member organizations who may provide technical and sales assistance. More than 240 organizations and over 1,600 individuals worldwide comprise the membership of the ITA (website at

The Titanium conference series is designed to suit the needs of titanium industry professionals, suppliers, customers and stakeholders. The gathering offers a full spectrum of information on the latest business, technology and market trends and developments in the global titanium industry. It provides an excellent forum for expert discussions, continuing education, networking opportunities and more.

As the international titanium supply chain has grown in scope and complexity over the past decade, attendance at the Titanium conference series has doubled, the ITA said. The Titanium Europe and USA conference series hosted nearly 1,250 delegates in 2015 from over 35 countries. Titanium USA 2016 will offer insights into the current state of the industry as well as efficient, high-value networking opportunities not available anywhere else for titanium producers, OEM’s, distributors, fabricators, and vendors who offer products & services to the titanium community alike.

Topics will include medical applications; military and defense; distribution trends; 3-D printing and additive manufacturing; industrial markets; material threats to the titanium industry, specifically composites; manufacturing technologies; and titanium aluminides.

Alongside the conference, ITA is presenting the “Fundamentals of Titanium Workshop,” a comprehensive workshop that will provide attendees with detailed information on the types, uses, and properties of common titanium alloys.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of applied titanium metallurgy fundamentals, the ITA said. Fundamentals of Titanium will provide a complete overview of titanium and a thorough grounding in its metallurgy, characteristics, properties and uses. As part of the course, ITA will provide attendees with a comprehensive study guide to serve as reference tools to utilize the information as needed in the workplace.

Conference speakers are scheduled to include:

• Allan McArtor, chairman and CEO, Airbus Group, Inc., chairman, Airbus Americas, Inc.

• William Shaffer, director, supplier management, raw materials and standards, Boeing Company

• Raphaël Duflos, vice president, metallic materials procurement, Airbus SAS

• Chip Yates, vice president of marketing, Norsk Titanium

• Stephen Oney, chief science adviser, Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTE)

• Dawne S. Hickton, ITA president, Women in Titanium chair

• Eric Roegner, chief operating officer, Alcoa Investment Castings, Titanium and Engineered Products; president, Alcoa Titanium & Engineered

Products; president, Alcoa Defense, Cleveland, Ohio

• Wade Leach, senior vice president, commercial, ATI Specialty Materials

• Henry Seiner, vice president – business strategy, TIMET, Titanium Metals Corporation

• Frank Perryman, president & CEO, Perryman Company

• Kevin J. Cain, president, Uniti Titanium

• Michael Metz, president, VSMPO Tirus US

• Christopher Olin, founder & president, The Olin Research Group

In addition to the regular schedule of events, ITA will be recognizing some individuals for achievements and contributions to the industry.

Clyde E. Forney, who enjoyed a distinguished 45-year career in the titanium industry and was instrumental in the development and commercialization of Ti-3Al-2.5V alloy as the material of choice for aircraft hydraulic tubing and many other industrial and commercial applications, is the recipient of the ITA’s prestigious 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Forney will formally receive the award at Titanium USA 2016.

Edward Sobota, Jr. served as the chair of the ITA’s Lifetime Achievement Award committee. Sobota is a member of the ITA’s board of directors and the president of TSI Titanium, a producer of titanium bar products, based in Derry, Penn.

“Clyde Forney has had quite an accomplished career,” Sobota said. “I made the call to inform Clyde that he won the award. He was thrilled to be chosen.” Sobota indicated that this year the award committee included past recipients of the ITA award. Members of the award committee include Robert Hill Jr., Solar Atmospheres of Western PA; Stanley Abkowitz, Alcoa Titanium and Engineered Products; Harry Rosenberg, The Amargosa Group; John Andrews, Retired, ATI; Max Schlienger, Flight Rail Corp. (founding director & president of Retech); Paul Bania, Ti Pro LLC; Stanley Seagle, consultant; Rodney Boyer, retired, technical fellow, Boeing Co.; James Williams, professor, Ohio State University; and Walter E. Herman, retired, RMI.

“I feel very fortunate and very pleased to receive this award,” Forney said, noting that he has attended numerous ITA functions over the years and is familiar with past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award. “The people who have won this award have done remarkable things in the titanium industry. It’s an honor for me to be among them.”

Given his expertise in titanium tubing, his career path took a creative turn in 1977. Forney met legendary Italian bicycle frame builder Pino Morroni and Cecil Behringer, a renowned titanium brazing engineer. Morroni and Behringer were looking to design and build a brazed titanium cycle.

“We picked material sizes and wall thickness, and built bicycle frames with brazed Ti-3Al-2.5V alloy tubing,” Forney said, noting that the frame reflected state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, as it was brazed in an oxygen-free oven, to prevent titanium embrittlement. (Brazing is an industrial metal-joining process.)

Musician, designer and innovator Ronn Dunnett is the recipient of the 2016 ITA Titanium Applications Development Award. The award lauds Dunnett for his development of a precision titanium snare drum shell.

“This is my Grammy award, my Oscar, my Nobel peace prize,” an exuberant Dunnett said.

Dunnett has worked with and created “limited edition” titanium drums for major instrument builders such as DW Drums, Ludwig, GMS and others. Dunnett said the metal creates an almost gong-like sound wave.


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