Article by Joanne McIntyre
However aerospace applications are limited in Japan so the situation is somewhat different. Historically most of the Ti consumed within the Japanese market has been within the chemical and power generation industries.” Despite the lack of a large aerospace market Mr. Kuroda expects that demand will continue to increase. “Global demand for Ti is expected to grow by around 5% annually, and again most of this growth is expected within the aerospace industry. Demand for commercial planes is growing, especially for small sized aircraft. Airbus and Boeing both have large back-orders to fill.
Three strong sectors
We also supplying Ti connecting rods for motorcycles for a large Japanese manufacturer. For these bikes weight is an important issue and Ti is a very strong yet lightweight material.” “Our strategy is not just be a product supplier to the industry but also a solution provider. We work closely wth customers to find ways to use Ti efficiently and economically for their benefit. For example we have a close cooperation with auto manufacturers such as Toyota for whom we have proposed many materials and how to best use these for various parts. Now proposing not only the material but how to use it.
Restaurant: Syozui Using Ion-Plating (IP) technology, this titanium roof is an ideal substitute for gold-leaf with its titanium nitride material color. The membrane is strong, and it can be used with confidence in an environment where the gold-leaf could peel off. The color tone will not change over 100 years according to the acceleration test result. The material can also be folded after IP. It’s important to not only suggest the material, but how to use it.”