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The problems for the titanium industry are not technical but economic and have their roots in the too-close connection to the aerospace industry in Europe and the United States. This link has operated to the detriment of industrial developments which would give a wider market base and spread the load between aerospace demand cycles. The aerospace connection has also resulted in production processes which are not suitable or too stringent for industrial applications.

There are also educational problems with end user industries but these are still linked to the commercial situation; users will not specify titanium if they are uncertain of price or supply. In December 1995 there are already supply problems which indicates a repeat of the boom and bust situations of previous decades. There are indications that these problems, which have been identified over many years, may now be addressed by the industry but time is not on their side. Most previous boom periods have lasted for 2 years and the current one is now nearly twelve months old, there are price rises of 30% for materials and development of the industrial market ,may be too late. .

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Authors: MARSH E, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17343 EN (1996) 68pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
Record Number: 199711133 / Last updated on: 1997-09-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en