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TITANIUM USA 2016 - Scottsdale, Arizona

Eric Roegner


Eric Roegner is Chief Operating Officer responsible for Alcoa Power & Propulsion (APP) and Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products (ATEP) and President of ATEP. He also serves as President of Alcoa Defense, a role he has held since 2012. As COO, Eric oversees APP, a global leader in advanced nickel airfoils, and nickel and titanium structural castings, primarily for jet engines and industrial gas turbines, and ATEP, the designation for the recently acquired titanium aerospace leader RTI International Metals, which he also leads as President. Eric continues as President of Alcoa Defense, which develops new technologies for military applications across air, land and sea. ATEP, APP and Alcoa Defense are part of Alcoa's Engineered Products & Solutions Segment, which is primarily focused on aerospace. In addition to these roles, Eric serves on Alcoa’s Executive Council, the senior leadership team that sets strategic direction for the company. Most recently, Eric served as Chief Operating Officer, Alcoa Investment Castings, Forgings & Extrusions in Alcoa's Engineered Products & Solutions Segment, a position he assumed in 2013. In that role, Eric was responsible for Alcoa’s Power and Propulsion and Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions businesses. Prior to that, Eric served as President of Alcoa Forgings & Extrusions, a position he assumed in 2009. Eric joined Alcoa in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer of Alcoa’s Global Engineered Products business, before being named President of Alcoa's Global Hard Alloy Extrusions business at the beginning of 2007. Prior to Alcoa, Eric was a partner with management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and held engineering positions with Nordson Corporation, a producer of precision dispensing equipment, and for Schlumberger Limited, the world’s leading oilfield-services provider. Eric holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and an MBA degree from Case Western Reserve University. He currently sits on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce (OCC).


Wade Leach

Titanium Demand and Trends in the Jet Engine Market

The jet engine market is in transition from legacy engines to the next generation of engines. Titanium is used in jet engines for its excellent mechanical properties, ease of fabrication, and light weight. The next generation of engines will continue to use titanium extensively even as engine temperatures are increasing in the effort to drive efficiencies higher. This presentation discusses the new engine programs and forecast for jet engine deliveries, the demand for titanium used in the production of jet engine components, and the effect of changes in jet engine design on future titanium demand.

Wade Leach joined ATI in August 1983 as a Product Engineer after graduating from North Carolina State University with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering. In September of 1985, he joined the Sales Department as an Inside Salesperson and transitioned to Field Sales for the Southeastern United States in January of 1986. In April of 1988, Wade moved to the Los Angeles area to become Western Regional Sales Manager. Wade was promoted to Plant Manager of ATI’s South Boston, Virginia, facility in October 1992. In that role he oversaw a significant expansion of the plant and successfully led the effort to increase the business and product offerings of that facility. In September 1996, he was named General Manager of Tool Steel Products. In August 1998, he became Director of Long-Term Agreements and added the responsibilities for Product Management in August 2000. Wade was appointed Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Product Management in February 2006. In that role Wade’s responsibilities included the U.S.-based field and inside sales groups, product management, and long-term agreements with customers. In October 2014, Wade was promoted to Senior Vice President – Commercial, ATI Specialty Materials.

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Henry Seiner

Trends in the Defense Market: A Titanium Perspective

Henry Seiner, TIMET’s VP of Business Strategy, will present on Defense market demand trends. The presentation will address aerospace, marine and land based titanium applications and their market drivers.
Naval and ground titanium applications continue to face the cost-versus-weight challenge. The three main pressures for these markets are weight, fleet size, and particularly for ground vehicles: survivability. Aerospace military markets look to have a very US-centric future considering F-35 exports are on the rise and non-Western indigenous programs (specifically for combat aircraft) have been unsuccessful in the past.
All of this will be framed in the larger scope of defense budgets and increasing global tensions. China and US continue to have the two largest budgets. However, the gap is closing as the US Defense budget declined for the fifth consecutive year in a row and its ratio of outspending China has dropped from 10:1 to 3:1 in the last decade. The decline in value of the euro, the ruble and the price of oil has caused a shake-up of ranking for the remaining top 15 military spenders.

Mr. Seiner, TIMET's Vice President of Business Strategy, oversees the Marketing, Product Management, Purchasing and Production Planning organizations for TIMET. In this role, he has responsibility for and visibility into all aspects of TIMET’s supply chain. Henry is based in TIMET's Toronto, OH facility which is geographically and structurally located in the middle of TIMET's global supply chain. He has held various positions in Production Planning, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Marketing in his 25 year tenure at TIMET. He currently serves as Vice President of the ITA and chairman of the Aerospace Committee. This fall he will become President of the ITA and chairman of the Membership committee. Prior to coming to TIMET, Henry spent six years at U. S. Steel Corporation in Sales, Marketing and Production Planning. His educational background includes a Masters Degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a Bachelors Degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. Henry is a native of Pittsburgh and continues to reside in Western Pennsylvania.

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Robin Young

The Plasticity of Titanium in Orthopedics

Robin Young, chief executive officer of “Orthopedics This Week,” RRY Publications, as a member of the Medical Applications panel, will discuss “The Plasticity of Titanium in Orthopedics,” which will outline the size and significance of the orthopedics market and titanium’s evolving ability to innovatively meet the demands of this market.

Robin R. Young is the founder, publisher and editor of Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read publication in orthopedics. He is also co-founder and CEO of PearlDiver Technologies, Inc., a database of more than 5 billion patient records which provides academic researchers with HIPAA compliant, searchable diagnosis, reimbursement, cost, and outcome data. Mr. Young is the author of numerous published articles, over 1,000 research reports and 5 published books on various medical technology, biotechnology and research topics. Mr. Young has been extensively quoted in many international publications including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Time Magazine. He is also the founder of the New York Stem Cell Summit and gave a keynote address at the Vatican in 2014 on the subject of stem cells and their future in medicine. Mr. Young is an internationally recognized expert on the subjects of medical technology trends, forecasts and commercialization having given more than 100 speeches to medical audiences in China, Europe, North America and the Middle East over the last decade. Mr. Young founded Orthopedics This Week and PearlDiver after a successful 25 year career on Wall Street.

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Kevin Cain

Industrial Markets

Global Industrial Titanium Industry Trends History & Forecast The Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Desalination and Chemical Process markets continue to be the lifeblood of the industrial titanium industry. The opportunities which exist in these industries as well as other markets will be presented. The influences on all of these markets are varied from regional economic growth to the production of shale gas. The influences and resulting opportunities that exist today will be the basis for the Global Industrial Market Trends and Forecast.

Kevin joined Uniti upon its formation in June 2003. He served in a number of sales and marketing roles; most recently as Uniti’s Vice President, Commercial from September 2007 until his promotion to President in March 2009. In this role he was responsible for Uniti’s world-wide sales and marketing. Kevin began his specialty metals career in 1979 as a sales representative for Jessop Steel. He turned his career focus to titanium in 1981 by joining Timet where he worked for eleven years in both sales and operations. Before joining Uniti, Kevin held various high-level domestic and international marketing and sales positions with Dynamet and, during that time, lived in Europe for four years. Kevin is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Economics and also holds an MBA from Drexel University.

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Michael Metz

Outlook on Russia

Demand for titanium in the Russian Federation is growing significantly, with overall demand expected to double between 2010 and 2017. Aircraft industry demand is the primary driver for growth, along with solid demand from power generation, shipbuilding, and general industrial uses for titanium.

Michael Metz joined VSMPO - Tirus, US in November 2003 as Vice President, Commercial and was named President of the organization in 2007. VSMPO is the largest producer of titanium in the world, vertically integrated from titanium sponge manufacture through melting and mill products such as plate, sheet, bar, billet, wire, and welded and seamless tubing. In addition, VSMPO supplies titanium closed die forgings for airframe and engine applications. Mike has served on the International Titanium Association Board of Directors since 2007 holding the positions of Director, Vice President and President. He has significant experience in the titanium industry, having had held positions in sales, distribution, product management, market research and forecasting at Titanium Metals Corporation from 1986 to 2003 before joining VSMPO. Mike graduated from Hamilton College in 1981 with a BA in economics, and from Carnegie – Mellon University in 1983 with an MBA.

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Mohamed Bouzidi

Aubert & Duval has always been involved in developing large scale industrial ventures with its clients. Yesterday, the great cruise ships, Concorde... Today, Ariane 5, the TGV [High Speed Train], Formula 1, the A380, the Rafale, the America's Cup... Tomorrow, Galileo, Boeing 787, EPR, Iter… Having remained true to the A&D approach throughout the years, our teams are always ready to meet new technological challenges and help improve client performance.

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Kazuo Kagami

Outlook on Current Titanium Trends in Japan

Titanium industries in Japan have been taking a leading role in the development of new applications of mill products in industrial markets, while stably supplying high quality titanium sponge. We, The JAPAN TITANIUM SOCIETY, intend to encourage the transition from titanium being a metal with enormous potential to one that can be found in products everywhere.

Mr. Kagami has been the President & Representative Director Of TOHO Titanium Co., Ltd. since 2014. He joined Nippon Mining Co., Ltd. In 1975, became the Executive Officer of Nippon Mining & Metals Co., Ltd. in 2001. In 2009, he became Director, Member of the Board of Nippon Mining Holdings, Inc. In 2010, he became Director, Member of the Board & Executive Officer of JX Holdings, Inc. In 2012, he became Director & Executive Officer of JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation and was in charge of the CSR and the General Administration department, Human Resources Department, Public Relations Dept. Mr. Kagami graduated from the Department of Economics at Kyoto University in 1975.



Robin Wright

“10 Things You Need to Know to Function in the World Over the Next Year”

Robin Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News and The Christian Science Monitor. She has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, TIME, The New York Times Magazine, The International Herald Tribune, and many others.

Her foreign tours include five years in the Middle East, two years in Europe, seven years in Africa, and several years as a roving foreign correspondent, including travels throughout Latin America and Asia. She has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. She most recently covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post.  

The American Academy of Diplomacy selected Wright as the journalist of the year for her “distinguished reporting and analysis of international affairs” in 2004, the same year she won the National Press Club award for diplomatic reporting. In 2003, Wright was awarded the U.N. Correspondents Association Gold Medal for analysis and coverage of international affairs. Among many other awards, she has also received the National Magazine Award for her reportage from Iran in The New Yorker and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative" for coverage of African wars. She has also been the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant.

Besides a long career in journalism, Ms. Wright has been a fellow at Yale University, Duke University, Stanford University, the Smithsonian’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Southern California.

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Art Kracke

Governmental Procurement Strategies – Tools for National Preparedness

U.S. government spending on military defense is budgeted to exceed over $600B dollars in FY 2016 according to The portion of that for titanium and other specialty metals is not broken out but, by anyone’s standards, is substantial. More importantly titanium and specialty metals are essential for the production of defense systems such as aircraft, ships, vehicles, and smart weapons. Approximately 75 years ago Congress recognized that procurement strategies played an important role in our national preparedness and took action. The Berry Amendment was drafted and passed. Beginning in 1973, titanium and specialty metals have received a lot of attention from Congress, the Department of Defense, and from businesses throughout the industrial supply chain.
Art retired on December 31, 2015 after 35 years with ATI Specialty Materials. Over the years he served in leadership positions in Quality, Sales, Product Management, Business Development, Strategic Planning, Product and Process Engineering, and R&D, completing his career as Vice President of Business Development and R&D. This wide range of commercial and technical assignments provided experience and an extensive knowledge of nickel, cobalt, titanium, and specialty steel alloys, mill products and processing. Applications included critical and standard components for the global aerospace, defense, biomedical, oil & gas, electrical power generation, and automotive markets. He founded AAK Consulting in January 2016 to assist in the growth, standardization, and commercialization of additive manufacturing and the powder metals from which they are made. Work is ongoing with industry, academia, and America Makes, our national institute for additive manufacturing. Art is the Chairman of LSU’s Technical Advisory Board for the Consortium for Materials and Manufacturing Innovation. He served on the President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership where he Co-Chairman of the Education Workstream, was Chairman of the Super Alloys Committee of the Specialty Steel Industry of North America, and was a charter member and elected to the Executive Committee of America Makes.

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Luis Heredia

Laws & Regulations Which Govern The Use Of Defense Procurement And Maintenance Funding

Luis Heredia serves as the District Director for Congressman Ruben Gallego. Heredia also worked as a senior congressional aide to Congressman Raul Grijalva and as a public affairs director for Union Pacific Railroad's Arizona and New Mexico operations.

Congressman Ruben Gallego is the son of Hispanic immigrants, a veteran, and a community leader. He was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He later joined the Marine Corps, serving in Iraq with the well-known combat unit Lima 3/25. Congressman Gallego serves as a Senior Whip for the Democratic Caucus, the Whip of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Vice-Chair of the Equality Caucus. He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.

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Taras Lyssenko

Mr. Lyssenko works in Government Relations and Business Development promoting advanced technologies within the realm of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security.

He is widely known for the recovery and preservation of history that had been lost under water and the advancement of scientific technologies that bring about better quality of and protect life. The activities of Taras have led to the locating of hundreds of lost ships and World War II airplanes. Taras personally is one of the leaders of the team that has recovered dozens of the airplanes on behalf of the National Naval Aviation Museum, which are now on display in museums across the United States,

Over the past several years, Mr. Lyssenko has worked to bring forth advanced technologies to lower the production and fabrication costs of the valued metals titanium and zirconium. During these endeavors he has worked with The United States Senate, The United States House of Representatives, and branches of the US Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the US Department of Energy, and large equipment producers. Additionally, Mr. Lyssenko has initiated, brought forth, and successfully passed through the US Congress several legislative efforts. He successfully achieved a Presidential Determination under Defense Production Act Title, III. Along the way Taras has been the recipient of multiple R & D 100 Awards. Most recently his activities have focused on energy generation and water. In particular, the coming next generation of nuclear energy.

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Anthony Ashe

Aluminum Distribution Model - What the Titanium Industry Can Learn

This topic is intended to take the form of a discussion with the panel and audience as opposed to a standard presentation to the audience. During the discussion, we intend to briefly explore the history of the distribution industry (metal service centers) as it relates to Aluminum and their interaction with the both their customers and their supplier mills. Additionally, we will explore Aluminum distribution from two perspectives: their changing business model(s) over the last 10-20 years, and the transition in their value proposition in the market both in their role of demand and in their role of supply. Ultimately, the intent of this session will be to enable the participants in the titanium market space to gather information and dialogue and what distribution model would be most efficient in that value stream.

Anthony Ashe serves as Vice President Commercial; Sales & Marketing, for Alcoa Forgings & Extrusions, a $800 million global business of Alcoa Inc. After leading activity in organic and inorganic business development, M&A, and JV opportunities, Ashe has transitioned to lead the Global Sales and Marketing Team. In this role Ashe oversees the Alcoa Forgings & Extrusions portfolio of growth, pricing strategies, marketing collateral, and new product development. He is responsible for leveraging a creative Customer Centric Focus, driving value engineered solutions, and developing strategic partnerships to grow in both core (Aerospace, Transportation, etc.) and non-core (Consumer Electronics, Downstream Structures) businesses.

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Robert Barba

“True” Cost of Inventory Possession

These days in the titanium industry it seems everyone is in the inventory business. Besides duplicate inventories exaggerating market cycles and clogging up supply chains with historically low turning products, this inventory is costing companies more than many realize. Robert will analyze the true cost of investing in and holding inventory by detailing costs well beyond just the initial material investment. Factors such as housing, capital, scrap, equipment, manpower, turns, lost opportunity, and others will be discussed to help determine whether carrying inventory is the right decision for your organization. Companies are usually surprised to see that these factors could add up to be more than 40% of the simple raw material cost and how distribution companies minimize these costs by aggregating large quantities of small transactions.

Mr. Barba is a member of the Titanium Industries, Incorporated executive leadership team and is responsible for all aspects of the financial reporting and of the company’s global performance, human resources and IT. His responsibility includes all aspects of reporting, budgeting, forecasting, margin improvement, contracts, legal, cash flow and treasury management.

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Michael Jenny

Impact of M&A in the Metals and Metal Distribution Sectors

While transaction activity over the first two quarters of 2016 has been lower on both an annual and sequential basis, it's not all doom and gloom. Industry outlook across the broader metal and specialty-metal sectors remain mixed, while recent price falls in aluminum, zinc, copper and nickel have bottomed out. Could this be a mark of the new bull cycle for metals that will reignite valuations and convince buyers to jump back into the sector? Time will tell as many are pinning the hopes of a metals resurgence on various macro factors, including China’s current stimulus. In the meantime, business owners should continue staying focused on dynamics of M&A across the metals and metals distribution sectors. Transactions are still happening as we watch frequent asset sales driven by companies looking to fuel growth in excess of GDP and organic opportunities, reduce leverage and shore up balance sheets, in addition to acquisitions of distressed companies by debt holders, equity sponsors and strategic buyers. Specific trends that I will touch on include: Transaction Trends: Valuations are down historically, but rising as favorable industry trends and hope for a broader recovery, particularly in light and specialty metals, are driving optimism that can still make exits and other transactions attractive solutions. Transaction Dynamics: With the market still adjusting from Alcoa’s acquisition of RTI and subsequent splitting of the company, market consolidation is also rampant as seen through recent distributor transactions at A.M. Castle and Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. Buyer Trends: Financial buyers continue to show interest in the sector, especially as they eye opportunities for low hanging fruit among distressed companies. Corporate strategics in the meantime continue to hunt to expand to new regions or expand capabilities. Along the way, I will also provide my own advice based on fifteen years experience facilitating transactions across each metal sector. For distributors, manufacturers and fabricators - from titanium to steel and specialty alloys - challenges remain in building and maintaining a business worth buying in this sometimes difficult marketplace.

Mike joined Livingstone’s Global Industrial team in 2016, with a particular focus in the metals and manufacturing sectors.


William Shaffer

Will has been is his present role at Boeing since February 2013. He currently manages a 160 person direct procurement organization that buys raw materials and aerospace standards for Boeing Commercial Production as well as the extended supply chain. Lead the aggregation strategies across Boeing and its extended supply base. Within this organization, Boeing distributes approximately $1.5B of hard metals (aluminum and titanium) as well as standards to the extended supply chain (TMX and BASN). Additional responsibility includes Boeing’s Joint Venture with VSMPO in Russia to manage rough machining of Titanium forgings within Russia before shipment to the supply chain.

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Edward Colvin

Aluminum Alloy Technology and Future Developments

New product development using aluminum and its alloys continues to progress at rapid pace to address a wide variety of markets and applications. Many of these advancements build on known strengths of aluminum such as light weight, electrical and thermal conductivity, machinability, near-net part manufacture and corrosion resistance. Anticipating ever more demanding applications, there are a number of initiatives to increase aluminum performance and reduce life-cycle costs via alloy technology and manufacturing processes including Al-Li and Elevated Temperature Alloys, Friction Stir Welding, Advanced Forming, Large Integral Parts and Surface Treatments. The talk will review Al current art and talk about future developments.

Ed Colvin leads Alcoa Forging and Extrusion’s New Product Development & Introduction team which drives product development from conception to full implementation and supports continuing production. The team organizes AFE’s R&D program for both process and product technology, monitors external trends, and works to anticipate needs to address opportunities and create value for our customers. Starting in 1985 at the Alcoa Technical Center, he worked on development of aerospace aluminum alloys particularly fuselage skin products. He also led Alcoa’s corrosion research efforts, including projects in the automotive, beverage can, rail car, and chemical industries. During this time, he chaired two ASTM sections that developed corrosion and stress corrosion cracking standards for Aluminum alloys. In 1999, Ed transferred to Alcoa’s extrusion plant in Lafayette, Indiana progressively taking on operations, quality, technical and customer facing roles including Chief Metallurgist, Application Engineering Manager, Quality Manager and Technical Director Aerospace. A native of Virginia, Ed received his B. S. Chemical Engineering 1982 and M. S. Material Science 1985 – both from the University of Virginia. He is a named inventor for nine U. S. and international patents and has authored or co-authored 15 publications on Al alloy and corrosion developments.

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Carl Boehlert

Composite Materials

Composite materials encompass all classes of materials, from metals, ceramics, and polymers to biomaterials and nanomaterials. The variety of materials used in composites makes it a rich area of interdisciplinary research with common issues. Over the past 25 years, Boehlert has investigated processing-microstructure-property relationships of composite materials. These composites include continuous fiber, for example those fibers based on silicon carbide, composites as well as particulate-reinforced composites. He has concentrated on both fiber-fiber-foil and tape cast processing and evaluating the effect of microstructure on the mechanical behavior. These and other types of composites has been targeted for biomedical, automotive, and aerospace applications and can be considered as threats to the titanium industry because of their light weight and high specific strength and stiffness, among other attributes. The main composite competitors to the titanium industry are those composites with metal or polymer matrices. Processing, characterization, mechanical behavior, interfaces, modeling, life prediction, product development, environmental effects, and performance of composites and their constituents are important aspects which influence the performance of composite material components used in industry. This presentation will present ideas on the state-of-the-art in metal, ceramic, polymer, nanocomposites, and biocomposites, and present advances in these composites and identify issues and phenomena with overarching impact on the titanium industry. This talk will also present a general overview of the composites industry including the main markets. Manufacturing processes of composites will be discussed and highlighted especially for composite materials applications which overlap with titanium applications. The physical and mechanical properties of composite materials will be compared to those for titanium and titanium alloys. Finally, recent composite materials advancements which may impact titanium will be presented and future composite material application development opportunities, which may impact titanium, will be offered.

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Adam Pilchak

Powder Bed Additive Manufacturing of Titanium: Aerospace Opportunities and the US Supply Base

In the aerospace community, there has been significant evaluation of the development and adoption of powder bed additive manufacturing processes. The research has been motivated by a tremendous promise to revolutionize the aerospace market, in terms of cost, lead time and performance through point-of-use manufacturing and boundless geometric freedom. The current realties, however, fall quite short of the desired vision. Concurrently, research has primarily investigated materials from the additive manufacturing processes as though they are well-controlled, geometry-agnostic materials with relatively process insensitive properties. Recent investigations have identified highly process-sensitive material characteristics which require detailed characterization of the relationship between the geometry and the typical process-property relationships. This detailed processing science research will be presented as well as the opportunities in the aerospace market in terms of the benefits and current limitations of these processes.

Dr. Adam Pilchak is a senior research materials engineer and Research Lead for the Metallic Materials & Processes team in the Metals Branch, Structural Materials Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He has authored 28 articles in peer reviewed journals focusing on processing-microstructure-property relationships in titanium alloys and has co-authored another 23 papers. He has given more than 30 presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Pilchak’s interests include microstructure quantification using destructive and nondestructive inspection methods, advanced failure analysis techniques, microstructure-based fatigue and dwell fatigue lifetime predictions and developing new processing routes to avoid detrimental microstructural features. Dr. Pilchak leads a team of 25 government engineers and contractors who maintain technical depth in key critical Air Force technologies to respond to current and future needs like single crystal blade casting, solid state joining and additive manufacturing.


Ronn Dunnett

**2016 Titanium Applications Development Award Winner**

Ronn Dunnett is the recipient of the 2016 International Titanium Association’s Titanium Applications Development Award. The award lauds Dunnett for his development of a precision titanium snare drum shell. Dunnett has worked with and created “limited edition” titanium drums for major instrument builders such as DW Drums, Ludwig, GMS and others. As for describing titanium’s sonic properties when used as a drum shell, Dunnett said the metal creates an almost gong-like sound wave. In addition, titanium, as a drum shell material, eliminates the “organic weirdness” typically associated with wooden drum shells, according to Dunnett. Ronn will provide technical details on the “Dunnett Classic” titanium drum shell properties.

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Matthew Simone

Titanium in the Golf Industry
Through the last 20 years in the golf industry, the use of titanium has grown exponentially. Due to excellent strength to weight ratios and advancements in manufacturing, titanium alloys have played a vital role in creating clubheads that are not only high performing but also extremely forgiving when struck off center. This presentation will take you through the use of titanium alloys for metalwoods, irons, and even putters.

Matthew Simone is a Senior Research Engineer at PING Golf who focuses primarily on new materials and innovative processes in the manufacturing of golf clubs. Prior to joining the Innovation Group at PING in 2012, he spent 4 years as a Product Metallurgist at ATI in the stainless flat rolled division. Matt holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a Master’s Degree in Materials Science from Johns Hopkins University.


Ross Barrable
Monday, September 26th
4:40 pm
Ballroom: Grand Saguaro West
Design Principles of Titanium Wind Harp Fabrication

Content: - Wind harp design principles using sacred geometry - 12 titanium Public Art installations - slide show - Resonator design using spun titanium bowls - Acoustic properties of titanium that enhance wind harp performance - Titanium string design – acoustic considerations - Anodizing titanium to create accent colors on sound bowl design - Listening to Wind harp recording

Ross Barrable is the owner and acoustic designer for Soundscapes International Inc. located in the San Juan Mts. of southern Colorado. Over the past 36 years he has evolved his sonic art form to develop innovative Contemporary Wind Harps, fabricated out of titanium, which adorn over 350 public and private landscape settings throughout North America and Europe. Their visual and auditory presence have created inspiring landscape environments for residential gardens, health resorts, city parks, memorials, hospitals, retirement communities and botanical gardens. Ross works with each individual client to achieve their vision and aspirations within their outdoor space, creating a balanced synergy between art, science, nature and sound.


Chip Yates

Chip Yates (William Morrison Yates III) is an American inventor and electrical vehicle pioneer best known for risky record-setting feats in electric vehicles of his own design. He designed and built the record-breaking SWIGZ.COM electric motorcycle, which in 2011 he rode over 200 MPH to 8 official world land speed records, 4 AMA National Championship Records, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record, and the Guinness Book of World Records title of “World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle”. Dubbed "the world’s most powerful electric superbike", the motorcycle is now on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.

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Eric Bono

Large Titanium 3D Printed Parts – A Unique Path

Additive Manufacturing (AM) has made great strides over the past decade. Component size limitation, however, remains a challenging area for AM technologies. There are two technological hurdles that must be overcome to allow for large parts to be produced. The first hurdle is the large amount of residual stresses that build up during direct melt processing. These internal stresses must often be relieved by removing the part from the printer and performing a stress relieving operation – this is both costly and time consuming. A second challenge lies in the equipment sizing itself. Most AM systems require an air tight chamber that is capable of either maintaining a vacuum or inert atmosphere, particularly with Titanium. This paper presents an alternative method to additively manufacture very large (several hundred pounds) Titanium parts by combining binder jet technology with a proprietary densification process that results in fast and economical large near-net shapes.

Eric Bono is the VP of Engineering Solutions at Puris, LLC. He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has over 20 years of powder metallurgy experience covering the manufacturing of powder through making finished components. He has focused mainly on the atomization of Titanium powder for the last 15 years as well as various near-net shape processes including additive manufacturing, hot isostatic pressing and metal injection molding.
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Alain Honnart

A New Approach To Titanium Powder Made Parts

The new process developed by Metalvalue : the MMS-Scanpac® was described in a conference at the ITA world congress in 2009, but at that time, the process was limited to purely prismatic parts and had not yet been applied industrially.

Since then a lot of development has taken place. In particular the process which applies to any metal (steel, titanium, aluminum, bronze, etc..) could be tested in easier conditions for steel than those necessary for titanium (no vacuum).

All the experience gained with steel can now be transferred to the manufacture of titanium parts. Some tests were made and corresponding parts will be shown at the conference . But the key points are linked to the general problem of handling spherical grains of powder.
Initially a Researcher for the French Atomic Energy Commissariat, Alain HONNART joined VALLOUREC in 1969 and stayed for 38 years until retirement. After taking responsibilities in production, in raw material procurement, in methods, he became the head of the Strategic Planning Department, and later on lead the Fittings Division and the Stainless Steel Division. Since 1987 he was executive VP for the Industrial Policy of the Vallourec Group Worldwide (including R&D, Procurement, Quality, etc..) and CEO of the Stainless Steel and Specialty Metals companies.
He developed Valinox Nuclear (a leader for steam generator tubing), created Cabval (CRA Tubulars for the Oil and Gas market), Valtimet (titanium welded tubing) and established companies in various countries including China, Korea, India, etc.

In 2006, when leaving VALLOUREC, Alain HONNART created METALVALUE a company specialized in breakthrough technologies for the Metal Industry. METALVALUE is presently developing a new technology for manufacturing metal parts from gas atomized powder and will erect, in France, the biggest gas atomizing plant in the world.

Alain HONNART has been an active member of the ITA for more than 20 years. He received in 1989 the European Award of the American Society for Materials for developments in the field of Powder Metallurgy.

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Andrew Heidloff

Production Status of High Pressure Gas Atomized Titanium and Titanium Aluminide

As additive manufacturing technologies progress from pilot to production status the supply chain stability becomes ever more important. This holds particularly true for titanium AM as the powder production process is inherently more difficult than almost all other alloys. Using the new facility’s advanced processing techniques allow production of spherical, high purity titanium alloy powders for AM at larger throughput. Processing ability and resulting powder will be shown utilizing a suite of characterization methods.

PhD from Iowa State University in Ni-base Superalloy Alloy Development Post-Doctoral work at US DOE Ames Laboratory on development of novel gas atomization process techniques. Currently the Engineering Manager for the Powder Manufacturing Facility for Praxair Surface Technologies.

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J. C. Withers
How To Make and Use Titanium

Alternatives to the Kroll process to produce titanium have been investigated for over half a century without reaching sustained production. Carbothermically treating a TiO2 source produces Ti2OC which can be used as an anode to electrolytically produce titanium or titanium alloy powder. In scaled-up processing Ti powder has been electrolytically produced at a projected cost approximately one-half that of Kroll sponge. The low cost electrolytically produced powder has diverse uses in powder metallurgy as well as direct use in additive manufacturing that includes gamma alloys for automotive brakes and high modulus alloys at 137 – 165 GPa (20 -22 MSi) for connector rods that are in fleet test at two automotive organizations. Several other automotive applications are in test spurred by the low cost electrolytic powder and low cost additive manufacturing. Details and examples shall be presented.

Dr. Withers received a BS Degree in 1957 and a PhD under the review of the renowned double Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling in 1980. He has worked in very broad areas of advanced engineered materials and processes that have included composites, coatings, materials extraction, synthesis and processing, and translating materials into the marketplace. He has published over 100 technical papers, has over two dozen patents and received 10 R&D 100 awards.


Magnus René

Titanium Additive Manufacturing – It’s here. It’s not just hype. It’s in planes. It’s in bodies. It’s in production!

Titanium Additive Manufacturing has progressed well beyond just prototyping applications. The largest organizations in both the aerospace and medical implant markets have embraced Titamnium AM for flight critical parts and for in-body implants in true production settings. Learn what’s actually happening today that is having a significant impact on Fortune 1000 aerospace company’s manufacturing capabilities as well as understand how Titanium AM is positively effecting people’s lives and health through advancements with technologies like EBM.

Magnus René is CEO of the Arcam Group, Mölndal, Sweden. Arcam Group provides cost-efficient Additive Manufacturing solutions for production of metal components primarily for the aerospace and medical industries. Arcam offers EBM systems through Arcam AB in Sweden, powder metals through AP&C in Canada and implant contract manufacturing through DiSanto in the U.S. Mr. René has previously been head of operations at Micronic Laser Systems in Stockholm, a manufacturer of advanced lithography equipment for the semiconductor industry. He holds an M Sc in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology.

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Dmytro Kovalchuk

xBeam 3D Metal Printing – from idea to technology

Additive manufacturing technology of direct deposition type named xBeam 3D Metal Printing was presented first time at Titanium Europe 2016 in Paris as new method of an electron beam additive manufacturing which can enable production of small and large three dimensional parts with good accuracy and high efficiency. Special low-voltage gas-discharge electron beam gun which generates hollow conical electron beam is the key component of this technology and equipment. A number of exclusive technological features of new technology were announced such as coaxial supply of feedstock in the form of wire or powder exactly in the center of round molten pool, absolutely uniform pre-heating and fusing of wire feedstock by electron beam, shallow molten pool providing rapid solidification of deposited material as well. Numerous experiments were executed on the pilot xBeam 3D Metal Printer since that time to prove announced features and to demonstrate new technological opportunities for everybody who are engaged in R&D in titanium additive manufacturing. Results and analysis of these researches will be presented. Mr. Dmytro Kovalchuk is co-owner and director of JSC NVO Chervona Hvilya since Company foundation in 1997. He has 26 years of experience in development of electron beam technologies and their implementation to industrial application. Over the late 1990th and early 2000th he was involved as project manager in creation of complete production chains in Ukraine with titanium ingots and mill products. Since 2005 JSC NVO Chervona Hvilya has started activity in the field of development and manufacture of advanced electron beam equipment mainly for melting and EB-PVD application. Gas-discharge electron beam guns of own design with power up to 600 kW have been the key element of this activity. Until now electron beam equipment produced by JSC NVO Chervona Hvilya was supplied to leading companies in Ukraine, USA, Russia, Europe, China as well.
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Adam Rivard

Beyond the Hype: What Does the Journey to Metal Additive Manufactured Production Really Look Like?

While metal additive manufacturing holds immense potential, the hype bubble has popped and it is time to address the difficult questions.  How do you take an unproven manufacturing technology and produce thousands of aerospace components with no room for error at a competitive price?  The answer starts with understanding the fundamental physics of your process and ends with a defined pedigree for all aspects of the manufacturing value stream.  Along the journey, users must address design rules for the process, raw material specifications and reuse practices, anisotropic material characteristics depending on orientation and geometry, impacts of post processing on component performance, inspection techniques, and controlling variation from raw material to finished part.  Emerging technologies such as in process monitoring and physics based modeling will accelerate this process once validated, but these tools are still in development.  Above all, the components produced must satisfy governing bodies such as the FAA and military customers.  While the process may appear daunting, the right plan with a reasonable among of rigor will get you to the finish line.

Adam Rivard is an Additive Manufacturing Specialist at LAI International, Inc. where he is responsible for the strategy, execution, and growth of the metal additive manufacturing business.  Rivard also serves on the leadership team for the SAE International committee on Additive Manufacturing and is the Chairman of the Processes subcommittee.  Prior to LAI Rivard was the Technology Manager for the Additive Manufacturing Group at Pratt & Whitney responsible for the identification, development, and validation of new technologies in the additive manufacturing space. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Ronald Adams

The Benefit of HIP and Heat Treating on Titanium Additive Manufactured Components

As fabricated, AM parts do not exhibit material properties that are suited for critical aerospace, medical, energy and automotive applications. Hot Isostatic Pressing and heat treatment improve ductility and fatigue strength of metal AM components such that they can be used in these critical applications. Processing steps, static properties and dynamic fatigue properties will be presented for titanium manufactured by EB AM techniques and DMLM techniques.

Ron Adams holds a BS in Metallurgy from Lehigh University. Ron has spent his career in aerospace and medical metallurgical processing in manufacturing engineering, production management, and business development roles. Ron is the Director of Additive Manufacturing Business Development for Bodycote.

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Colin McCracken

Production of Spherical Titanium-Based Powders Using the Tekna Process

The performances of metal powder-based additive manufacturing (AM) technologies like electron-beam melting (EBM) and selective laser melting (SLM) greatly depend on powder characteristics such as flowability, packing density and purity. Particles exhibiting a perfectly spherical morphology largely contribute at optimizing both the flowability and the packing density of a powder. However, not all the powder manufacturing processes succeed at optimizing these critical characteristics for the AM needs since satellites, pores and/or particles of irregular morphologies are regularly observed in commercial powders. The inductively-coupled plasma (ICP) proprietary technology developed by Tekna over the last 26 years has the capability to convert particles of various shape into dense and perfectly spherical particles. Also, Tekna has developed a proprietary classification process specifically for removing ultrafine particles within a powder, allowing thereby the optimization of powder performances for AM processes. Tekna’s ICP technology will be briefly described and case studies with Titanium-based powders will be presented.
Colin McCracken gained his B.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Brunel University of West London, England in 1992. Colin joined AVX Ltd (UK) - Tantalum Division as a Development Engineer working on capacitor grade tantalum powders and left AVX Ltd in 2005 as Head of R&D. Colin then relocated to the US to he worked for Reading Alloys Inc. as Development Manager - Powder Products working on both electronic materials and titanium powders and then left Ametek Reading Alloys in late 2012 as Director of Technology. Colin then relocated to Canada to work for H.C. Starck as Application Engineering Manager working on tungsten and tungsten carbide powders before joined Tekna Plasma Systems in early 2016 as Director Business Development. Colin is the joint author on five granted patents and two published patents pending and has presented at the ITA in the past on titanium powder production and at several other powder metallurgy conferences both in the US and in Europe. In mid-2016 Colin was honored to receive the title of Fellow from the UK’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).
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John Barnes

Alcoa Additive Manufacturing – A Revolution in the Making

The aerospace market is one of the leading industries embracing Additive Manufacturing for real production parts.  Alcoa is an established innovation leader in aerospace and 3Dprinting, with unique and comprehensive capabilities from raw material to finished part.  In this presentation, the current state of the art of additive manufacturing in metal will be described with a view on where it is going from a vertically integrated supply chain solution.  The components of this advancement has to be leveraged from structure, materials and manufacturing which has to be fueled by innovation and increasingly through engagement with people. John Barnes is the Vice President of, Advanced Manufacturing & Strategy, Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products .  He helps shape the R&D budget and activities across manufacturing operations and influences future business.  ATEP is active in Titanium production and processing, powder metallurgy, additive manufacturing and final part fabrication, a vertically integrated supplier to aerospace, medical, oil and gas and other demanding applications.  Previously, he was Director of the High Performance Metal Industries Program for CSIRO, the national science agency for Australia.  There oversaw the R&D and Commercialization activities and investments in the program’s two principal areas: Metal Production & Interface Design and Additive Manufacturing.  

His aerospace background includes lengthy positions at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) Engines where he supported gas turbine Advanced Technology and was Program Manager of Marine Engines programs and as Senior Manager for Manufacturing Exploration and Development at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.  At Lockheed Martin, he was responsible for developments in advanced polymers, composites, carbon nano tubes, novel titanium production and processing, additive manufacturing of both polymer and metallic systems and low observable manufacturing methods.

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Raphaël Duflos

Titanium Aerospace Demand & Integrated Supply Chain

In the context of growing aircraft demand and of ramp up of new programs, Airbus titanium supply chain needs to deliver on challenges of both accompanying the ramp up by delivering with excellent industrial performance, and of optimizing total cost of ownership of flying parts. Engineering cost out of the supply chain will be instrumental for that purpose.

Mr Raphael DUFLOS is an Engineer, with a degree from the Engineering School of Central Lyon and the University of Salford, with a post-graduation in Telecom Paris. He started his career in 1989 at Aerospatiale Missile as Design Engineer then as Cooperation Contract negotiator. In 1995, he joined Airbus in various program roles around Cost Sharing between partners. Following the launch of the A380 and the start of the EADS group, he went back abroad in 2001, as Senior Manager Sourcing Strategy for EADS, based in Munich. In June 2004, he led the Procurement Directorate and became a member of the Executive Committee of EADS Socata in Tarbes. 3 years later, he joined Astrium to implement innovative Supply Chain Solutions in the space domain. Finally, he participate to the creation of Aerolia as Chief Procurement, Quality & Supply Chain officer. Aerolia is an aeronautical tier one equipment supplier and European leader of b Aerostructures. Since its creation in 2009, Mr DUFLOS has taken an active part in the strong growth of the company, the procurement budget passing from 500M€ to more than B€ 1 in 6 years with the creation of Stelia. In his career, Mr DUFLOS gives priority to overall costs and advocates in his approach the collaborative work with suppliers to be competitive and to respect the market’s requirements.


Stephen Oney

Dr. Oney has served as President and co-founder of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, OTEC Innovation Group (formerly OCEES International, Inc.) and currently serves as OTE’s Chief Science Adviser. He has 30 years of extensive experience in ocean engineering focused on researching, designing and commercializing Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) and Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC) technologies. Dr. Oney spent much of his academic and early professional career researching and developing Deep Ocean Water and OTEC technologies at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) working with the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR) and the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI). This hands-on experience with OTEC and SWAC research, design and operation was integral in the research leading to the design and development of the first Net Power Producing Experimental (NPPE) land-based OTEC plant in Hawaii. His vast knowledge places him as one of the world’s foremost OTEC and SWAC experts. Recognized for his expertise, Dr. Oney was selected as the first U.S. Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for the development of International Standards for OTEC and Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC) and is well published on these and other deep ocean technology subjects and has been called upon to publish and deliver numerous international articles and lectures on these technologies.


Dennis Schumerth

Comparing the Superiority of Gr. 2 Titanium Tubing vs. Stainless Materials in Condenser & Heat Exchanger Environments

At the 2015 ITA Conference held in Orlando, FL, this author presented a technical paper that referenced multiple Case Studies in support of titanium material advantages when compared against the family of yellow metals. Expanding on this theme would be a logical iteration and indeed, a prudent exercise to similarly evaluate the merits of titanium verses competing materials within the genre defined as the family of stainless steels. This first-of-a-kind research comparison would be unprecedented and enable the reader to directly explore and compare the performance characteristics of titanium (cp and alloy) vs. the alloy-variant family of stainless steels. The applications for these competing materials are extensive and may include large powerplant steam surface condensers, miscellaneous BOP (balance of plant) equipment, general heat exchanger service and expansive and varied uses throughout the powerplant cycle and CPI (Chemical Process Industry). In terms of stainless steels, these materials have been propelled into ever-increasing usage over the past 20+ gestation years flourishing under the banner of low cost, commercial availability, reasonable heat transfer characteristics and ease of fabrication. However, corrosion resistance of the various stainless alloys can often times be overstated and highly capricious exhibiting only modest corrosion resistance at the low alloy levels and purported as considerable when utilizing the superaustenitic and superferritic materials. Conversely, titanium, initially conceived and developed as a high-strength, high cost, long lead-time metal for military use, has emerged over the past 40+ years as the material of choice for Industrial, nuclear and CPI applications where elevated corrosion levels are present and extended service life is now mandatory. The combination of superior corrosion resistance/immunity, light weight, competitive cost, ease of fabrication, a transition to conventional lead times and a commitment by the titanium industry to invest in expanded capability has championed this material to the top of the competitive podium.


Charles Young

Field Repairs of Titanium – Steps to Success

There are times when titanium vessels, exchangers, and piping systems cannot be transported from the fabricator’s shop, due to weight or height restrictions. Final assembly and welding must be done on-site, within the chemical plant environment. The requirements for this are very similar to those required for repair welding on-site and both require the accomplishment of key steps to ensure that the titanium “in-situ” welding is completed successfully and on time --- starting with the planning required, the safety issues that must be addressed, and the coordination between the customer and the fabricator that must be maintained throughout the operation. Photos from actual on-site welding projects will be included.
Charles (Chuck) Young is currently Business Development Manager for Tricor Metals in Wooster, Ohio --- responsible for sales and marketing of fabricated specialty metals products. He has over 40 years’ experience in the sales and marketing of technical products, including specialty metals fabrications, clad metals, electrical contact materials and fabricated metal products. He spent over 12 years with the Materials Division of Texas Instruments as a Senior Account Manager, specializing in the marketing of industrial clad products in the Midwest and expanding the use of clad products in the telephone cable, electrical controls and automotive industries. As a Marketing Manager for two companies in the specialty metals fabrication industry for over 8 years, Mr. Young developed new markets for titanium in the electrical utility industry. While Sales Vice President for a seamless tube company, he expanded the aerospace market for seamless titanium tubing. In addition, Mr. Young has sales management and technical service experience in the zinc and galvanizing industries as well as the flat roll copper and copper tubing (HVAC) industries. Mr. Young has chaired two symposiums on Titanium and Zirconium in Industrial Applications and edited the proceedings, which have been published in two Special Technical Publications by ASTM. He has given numerous technical presentations to industry groups.
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Dave O'Donnell

Enhanced Metal Surfaces for Improved Heat Transfer

Mr. O'Donnell specializes in metallurgy, welding stainless and Nickel-base alloys. Weldability evaluations alloy and welding consumable developments. Twelve years with Special Metals in welding R& D and 20 years with RathGibson as Technical Services Mgr.

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James Cox

UTRS Method of Extracting Binary and Tertiary Titanium Alloy from Natural Ores

Universal Technical Resource Services Inc. (UTRS Inc.) has developed a novel two-step method to extract commercially viable titanium alloys (patent serial #13/725,484). This approach has proven its potential to produce a variety of titanium alloys (Ti-6Al-4V, TixAly, etc.,) by controlling the aluminum content in the titanium metal. This process has demonstrated a number of advantages over the Kroll process of Ti production including: Lower costs and fewer processing steps, the ability to use a variety of titanium-bearing ores which are more abundant and less costly, and reduction of pollution. Additionally the process operates without producing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) and it eliminates the use of toxic chemicals such as TiCl4. A detailed study of engineering feasibility and cost assessment has shown that the UTRS process will have a significant cost advantage over the existing Kroll path to produce titanium alloys. An overview of the process and lab-scale experimental results will be presented.

Dr. Cox, has more than 20 years of experience in materials research, solid-state synthesis, and characterization. He has been instrumental in advancing bench-level experiments to industrial-scale processes throughout his professional career. He has synthesized, developed, and tailored numerous materials for specific applications (e.g., phosphors, adsorption compounds, silicon-based molecules, etc.). In addition, he has developed novel analytical methods and instrumentation for sample characterization and trace level impurity detection; has hands-on experience with polycrystalline silicon, silane, and chlorosilane manufacturing and analysis; and has effectively managed projects and personnel.


Bert Erdel

Material-centered Manufacturing

About 13 years ago, I predicted that the attributes of Light-Small-Simple-Fast and Smart would permeate all of manufacturing for process and product. Then, the mandates of Lean-Green and Blue started to become the landscape on production floors, followed by Aircraft manufacturers’ quest to fly faster, lighter, safer, more economical and with less of environmental footprints. Against that backdrop, Aerospace manufacturers looked for advanced materials and processes to design, engineer and built innovative parts and components. As material of choice, titanium alloys took center stage due to its physical and chemical characteristics and its versatility in usage. Soon, titanium producers developed new processes to offer ever more alloy choices, while refiners found robust processes allowing for more productive and economic mill products. Finding solutions to challenges on the production floor building and machining these new alloys have been tackled all across manufacturing networks. Clearly, there has been a transformation to material-centered manufacturing, notably titanium. This is evidenced by the way we machine parts and components, fabricate and mold them, monitor processes and integrate all activities through smart data and meaningful metrics.

Dr. Bert P. Erdel is President of IMS, LLC an executive consulting company specializing in New Generation Manufacturing. Dr. Erdel’s prior experience includes President/CEO of three world-leading manufacturing companies for over 20 years. He is an inventor, co-inventor and developer of diamond tooling process, actuating machining process, concurrent engineering and manufacturing principles, the MVL process and value streaming. Dr. Erdel is an author, a public speaker and guest lecturer at five leading US Universities. He holds a Master Mech. Engineering, MBA, PHD.


George Legate

Enhancing Strength in Alpha and Alpha Beta Titanium Hollows and Shapes by Manipulating the Texture during Hot Working

Alpha titanium (like alpha zirconium) has a hexagonal close packed (HCP) crystal structure. As this crystal structure has limited slip systems it exhibits exceptional strength in one particular direction (the basal pole normal). When a large volume fraction of the material’s grains can be oriented in a specific direction then the material will be extremely strong in that direction. This principal has been put to use in designing pressure tubes for CANDU reactors. The zirconium pressure tubes are subjected to high radiation, as well as high operating temperatures, and pressures when operating in the core of CANDU reactors. By manipulating the texture of the alpha phase during hot working and orienting it in the circumferential and through wall direction the strength in these directions can be increased quite significantly. The net result is a doubling of the tube’s life in a nuclear reactor and hundreds of millions of dollars in savings per reactor. Alpha and alpha beta titanium hollows and structural shapes are often placed in service where the principal stresses are hoop, transverse, through wall, or tri-axial. Examples include torque tubes, actuator barrels, drive shafts, thrust links and structural members. This paper will illustrate how substantial hot work, conducted in a planned manner, which is achieved using extrusion with tapered dies can achieve exceptional strength precisely in the direction it is needed.


Mohamed Hashish
Tuesday, September 27th
3:30 pm
Ballroom: Grand Saguaro West

Overview of Titanium Machining with AWJ

This paper presents results and observations on high velocity waterjet processing of titanium and some of its alloys. First, some generic data are presented on cutting, drilling, milling, and turning of titanium 6AL/4V and gamma titanium aluminide to illustrate the machining capabilities and material removal rates. A general AWJ cutting model is refined for titanium and discussed in this paper which may be used to predict results and perform analyses for different applications.

Machined titanium surfaces have been inspected showing no thermal, metallurgical, or mechanical distortion effects. However, it was observed that abrasive fragments may get embedded on the surface on the order of 0.2% of the surface. A secondary cleaning process either with water or air jets showed that the majority of embedded particles are removed.

Dr. Hashish is Senior Technology Fellow at Flow International Corporation. He graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department, Alexandria University, Egypt, in 1970 and obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University in 1977. In 1980, Dr. Hashish invented the abrasive waterjet process for cutting of almost any material and continued to work on this technology until today. He served in several capacities starting as a research scientist to a senior VP of technology. Dr. Hashish Also serves as an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. He has published over 300 papers and 45 patents in the areas of waterjet and high pressure technology.
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Robert Moskaitis

Pyrolytic Graphite: Advanced Material for Improved Isothermal Forging

The aerospace industry is increasing its use of materials that provide increased thrust, higher fuel efficiency and reduction of noise and exhaust emissions. In addition, engine operating temperatures have increased resulting in greater use of Titanium and Titanium Alloys. Isothermal forging is a closed die process in which both the billet and the forging dies are heated to the same temperatures typically in excess of 1900 degrees Fahrenheit. This process is performed in a vacuum or inert gas atmosphere to avoid oxidation. This allows for a nearer-net-shape forging, thus reducing the amount of material necessary to produce the part as well as reducing machining requirements thereby reducing materials waste. Quality and Productivity benefits necessary for the increasing demands of the aerospace industry have been obtained via pyrolytic graphite - a ‘new’ advanced material which offers the user both thermal homogeneity and energy savings due to its unique anisotropic nature. The inherent anisotropy results in homogeneous in plane thermal profile due to superior thermal conductivity while acting as a z-directional thermal insulator. Continuously Nucleated Pyrolytic Graphite is a synthetic graphite polymorph which has proven to yield impressive benefits when incorporated into isothermal forging operations utilized in Titanium and Titanium Alloy production for the aerospace industry. This paper will review the properties of Chemical Vapor Deposition [CVD] pyrolytic graphite and the isothermal forging application which utilizes those unique material properties resulting in improved quality and productivity for the aerospace industry. In addition, the thermal and electrical conductivity will be explained on the basis of pyrolytic graphite crystallography. Minteq International, Inc. is the world’s largest supplier of high purity [99.999+%] pyrolytic graphite and its Pyrogenics Group is AS-9100C certified.

Robert J. Moskaitis is a materials scientist who, over 38 years, has worked in a variety of businesses and market applications for Pfizer, Inc. and Minerals Technologies Inc. Dr. Moskaitis is currently responsible for all technical aspects of the Minteq Pyrogenics Group.


George Georgiou

The Cold, Hard Advantage of Machining Titanium with 5ME’s Cryogenic Technology

Machining titanium and titanium alloys with traditional coolants is difficult due to the extreme heat generated by the metal cutting process. Heat is the primary wear mechanism of titanium applied cutting tools – which results in shortened tool life as well as a significant limitation in metal removal rates. However, 5ME’s completely internal Cryogenic Machining Technology delivers -321° F liquid nitrogen inside the tool, directly to the cutting edge, to more efficiently extract damaging heat. Lockheed Martin, a 5ME customer, has decreased cycle times by 52% (21 hours with 5ME cryogenics vs. 44 hours with coolant) with improved surface integrity and part quality, estimating a 30% cost reduction for large titanium airframe components. Other 5ME customers have seen a 3x increase in semi-finish cutting speeds with equivalent tool life as compared to flood coolant applications. The cryogenic machining results from initiatives like the Lockheed Martin F-35 program showcased the significant impact on throughput, cost savings, lower energy consumption, improved worker safety, and elimination of the infrastructure and disposal required with water- or oil-based coolants.


Matt Cibula

Detection Of Side-Arcing Conditions In Vacuum Arc Remelting By Magnetic Field Analysis

The direct conduction of current between the electrode and the crucible in vacuum arc remelting (VAR) is a known and potentially catastrophic problem. In the diffuse case, the metal vapor plasma can conduct as much as 50% of the electrical energy directly to the crucible wall without substantively contributing to melting. Meanwhile, concentrated arcs (“side-arcs”) can heat the sidewall of the water-cooled copper crucibles which can lead to damage or, in extreme cases, failure of the crucible with catastrophic consequences. This is especially true when melting titanium or other reactive metals. Despite efforts to reduce the probability of side-arcing, including the application of axial magnetic fields and strict process recipes, side-arcs remain a significant safety concern in the industry today. The primary method used to detect side-arcs is continuous visual monitoring of bore-site video cameras, which relies on operators keeping alert during the entire melt. Here we present an automated process for detecting side-arcs during operations, in real time, utilizing the Arc Position Sensing (APS) technology. The APS technology utilizes the magnetic fields that are generated within a VAR by the current conducting pathway to resolve the location and orientation of the source pathway. Because the electrical conduction pathways resulting in side-arcs are oriented horizontally between the electrode and crucible instead of vertically between the electrode and ingot, the magnetic vector signatures are different and hence can be resolved as discrete events by the APS system. In order to develop the side-arc prediction tool, finite element models of a coaxial VAR furnace were developed to verify the predicted vector signature of side-arc conditions and then used to compare those magnetic signatures with that of an arc beneath the electrode. This analysis proves that the principal indication of side-arcing is in the vertical component of the ma

Dr. Cibula is currently a project engineer at Ampere Scientific. He is responsible for the VARmetric product line, including training and support on the operation and interpretation of VARmetric systems. His duties include research and development of new features for VARmetric systems.


Keitao Tamura

Improving the Machinability of α-β-type Titanium Alloy KS Ti-531C for Aerospace Applications

Although titanium alloys with excellent specific strength are widely used in aircraft parts, its forgeability and machinability are inferior compared with steel and aluminum alloys. Kobe Steel has developed KS Ti-531C alloy (Ti-4.5Al-2.5Cr-1.2Fe-0.1C) for reduction of the manufacturing cost of the aircraft parts, which we have previously reported, with excellent forgeability and strength properties similar to Ti-6Al-4V. In this study, we examined the improvement in the machinability of KS Ti-531C. As a result, we found that the addition of a small amount of nickel and copper to the KS Ti-531C alloy showed an improvement of about 1.4 times the tool life compared with Ti-6Al-4V.

Mr. Tamura is part of the Titanium Research & Development Section in the Iron & Steel Business of Kobe Steel, Ltd. located in Hyogo, Japan. He received a master’s degree of material engineering from Iwate University in 2003. After working for a cutting tool manufacturer, Mr. Tamura joined by Kobe Steel, Ltd. in 2011. He has been working in the development of new products of commercially pure titanium and titanium alloy since 2011.
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Charlie Yarbrough

Titanium Industry’s Role in the Medical Device Industry’s Growth

Charlie Yarbrough, the global sourcing director for Zimmer Biomet, will present a global overview of the titanium medical implant market. According to estimates from Zimmer Biomet, this high-growth business sector, which includes titanium implants for hips, knees, spines, extremities and dental applications, is a nearly $45-billion global market.

Zimmer is a worldwide leader in orthopaedics and has been since our founding more than 75 years ago. Headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, we provide effective, creative solutions to the needs of orthopaedic surgeons who restore mobility and relieve the pain of arthritis. Our knee and hip joint replacement systems and our wide range of related products and services make us valuable partners to healthcare providers in more than 80 countries.

We have world-class scientific facilities and resources, as well as associations with the best clinicians and researchers in the world. We share a commitment with healthcare providers to find the best technologies, treatments, and methods for delivering high-quality, cost-effective orthopaedic care.
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Bob Fletcher

Structure Medical is a leading manufacturer of medical implant products that are used by orthopedic surgeons to treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use these medical devices to treat trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, tumor and congenital conditions.

Structure Medical was founded in Naples, FL in 2004 and established a second facility in Mooresville, NC two years later. The company uses the most advanced machine tools available around the world to produce products that meet the highest quality standards.

Structure Medical was quickly recognized and rewarded with significant market share due to its unique design and manufacturing ability and is a tier-one vendor to most of the top OEM’s globally.

The company is capable of providing a rapid response to prototyping and new launch requirements. When others say they can’t, we say we can and we will.
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Stephen Smith

The Role of the Distributor in Medical Grade Raw Materials
Key Points:
(1) What are medical grade raw materials?
(2) Who are the customers for medical grade materials?
(3) The Role of the Distributor compared to the Manufacturing Mill.
(4) Value added services from the Specialty Distributor.

Stephen Smith is president and owner of Edge International, based in Dayton, Ohio, USA. Edge is a stocking distributor of Cobalt-alloys, Titanium and Stainless Steel used in the manufacturing of implants and instruments for the orthopaedic, spine, and trauma segments of the medical devices industry.

Smith has extensive experience in specialty steels and metals, gaining an initial knowledge of manufacturing at a major UK specialty steel mill, before moving to the USA and transitioning into distribution. With an emphasis on the medic al market over the last 20 years, he saw a need for less than mill quantities of medical alloys to be delivered from stock, especially to the contract manufacturers and Edge now concentrates on this market. Edge conducts business on a worldwide basis.
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Allan McArtor

Allan McArtor is Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc. He oversees the operations, activities and strategy of all Airbus Group companies in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Additionally, McArtor continues to serve as Chairman of Airbus Americas, Inc., and its subsidiaries. In this leadership role in the Americas, McArtor has enhanced relationships with Airbus’ customers, suppliers and government representatives. He was instrumental in establishing the A320 Aircraft Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama. Throughout his career, McArtor has held a series of leadership and senior management positions in the military, civil and government sectors. Before joining Airbus, he was founder, chairman and CEO of Legend Airlines, a regional airline based at Dallas Love Field, Texas. President Ronald Reagan appointed McArtor to serve as the Administrator of the FAA from 1987 to 1989. McArtor served on the senior management team of Federal Express from 1979 to 1987 and 1989 to 1994 first as Senior Vice President Telecommunications during the development of FedEx’s extensive satellite-based digital network, then as Senior Vice President Air Operations for FedEx’s global airline. McArtor was a combat fighter pilot in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, an Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Air Force Academy, and a pilot with the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team. He is a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (BSE) and holds a master’s degree (MSE) from Arizona State University. He holds an honorary doctorate degree from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, in recognition of his role in establishing the School of Telecommunications and Information Systems. McArtor is a member of The Group Executive Committee of The Airbus Group S.A.S. and also serves on the Board of Directors for Airbus ProSky, Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation, Align Aerospace, Atlantic Council International, The European Institute, GKN Aerospace Transparency Systems, Kymeta Advisory Board, the NextGen Advisory Committee, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and Washington Area Airports Authority.
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Dave Miltenberger

Vanadium Overview:

Presentation will discuss global supply chain challenges, raw material consumption trends, vanadium pricing trends, the status of vanadium mines, and the need for stability of master alloy producers. Major consumers of vanadium include the titanium and steel industries as well as specialty markets. As an alloy ingredient, vanadium boosts titanium’s hardness, wear resistance and strength. Industry studies identify China as the world’s largest producer of vanadium.

Dave Miltenberger spent the better part of 20 years in the North American Steel Industry. He worked primarily for Carbon Flat Rolled Steel Mills during that time; from National Steel (now US Steel) to the International Steel Group (now Arcelor Mittal) to EVRAZ North America. His responsibilities included Market Development, Business Development, Product Management and Regional Management. Most recently at EVRAZ North America, he had commercial responsibility for the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions selling (specialty) carbon plate and hot rolled coil, as well as responsibility for introducing the Global EVRAZ plate product line in North America. In 2013, Dave joined the EVRAZ Global Vanadium Team as Sales Manager for EVRAZ Stratcor. EVRAZ Stratcor, located in Arkansas, produces Vanadium Oxides, Vanadium Chemicals and Vanadium Aluminum alloys. Dave has global commercial responsibility for the entire EVRAZ Stratcor product line. Dave has a double major - B.A. in Economics, B.A. in Psychology as well as an M.B.A.; all from Indiana University.
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Kiyoaki Sando

World Titanium Sponge Industry - Looking into the Future

As one of the world’s major titanium sponge producers, OSAKA Titanium technologies (OTC)has played a key role in the development and growth of the titanium industry since 1954. The presenter will discuss a brief history of titanium sponge production at OTC, its current production capability and plans to meet future titanium demands. The presentation will also include other titanium products at OTC, such as high purity titanium metals for the semi-conductor industry and low-oxygen titanium powder for MIM and other applications. Lastly, In the second part of the presentation, worldwide titanium sponge production capacity and recent topics related to the titanium sponge industry will be discussed.

Kiyoaki Sando is General Manager of OSAKA Titanium technologies. Co., Ltd. ( OTC)   Prior to coming to OTC in May, 2010, he worked at Sumitomo Corporation and spent most of his career at Sumitomo in sales and marketing of OTC titanium sponge. During his tenure at Sumitomo, he worked at Sumitomo Corporation of America both in New York and Pittsburgh for a total of 11 years. He holds a BA in Economics from Keio University in Tokyo.

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Nick Corby

Titanium Scrap Trends

The utilization of Titanium Scrap has become an increasingly important part of the Supply Chain for our Industry. Not only recognized as a cost savings in relationship to sponge, it is viewed as a commitment to “green” initiatives where recycling has a substantial environmental impact. As the Aerospace Industry matures and becomes more global, scrap flows have moved further away from their historic melting regions. The impact of this shift in terms of economy can be measured in the cost of returning material to historic scrap Melters, and increasing pressure for new Melters to incorporate higher percentages of scrap in their Supply Chain. The management of these flows for Melters and OEM’s will become increasingly difficult and presents one of the most difficult challenges to the Titanium Scrap Industry since its inception.

Nick Corby, ELG Utica Alloys Titanium Product Manager, oversees the Business Development, Marketing, Purchasing, and Sales worldwide for EUA. Prior to EUA, Nick worked at TIMET for 19 years, moving from Scrap Processing, Melt Formulation, and Raw Materials Management during his tenure. Educational background includes a B.A. from West Chester University. He is a native of Southeastern, PA where he continues to reside with his family.


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Thomas Hohne-Sparborth

Changing Role of Scrap in Titanium Raw Materials Consumption

Roskill forecasts that demand for titanium in aerospace applications will grow by 4.5%py through 2026, although higher growth rates are predicted for 2017-2020 and 2022-2025 such is the cyclical nature of the industry. Industrial applications will increase their titanium demand by 3.4%py over the same period, but growth through to the end of this decade may be weaker than recover into the 2020s. Following over-supply in the early 2010s, sponge and melt production, especially commercially-pure (CP) grade for industrial use, has declined over the last couple of years, with 2016 expected to be the bottom and output rises expected going forward. Sponge output may recover slower than melt production, however, due to greater incorporation of scrap in the raw material supply chain following a loosening of requirements by end-users. This trend has led to a rise in electron beam melting (EBM) capacity, and scrap is expected to become a more important source of raw material for melters going forward. For alloy-grade titanium, inventory holders are seeing increased demand into H2 2016 as melt output is lagging increasing aerospace consumer demand, with strengthening prices expected from 2017. With industrial markets lagging aerospace, melters may prioritize alloy-grade, meaning CP users face supply tightness and potentially higher prices over the next 18-24 months.

Mr. Hohne graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 and spent several years working in Asia and the Middle East. He joined Roskill in 2012 and currently manages Roskill’s in-house economic analysis, while pursuing a PhD in the same topic at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Thomas specialises in steel alloys and the effect of global macroeconomic developments on mineral and metal markets and prices, and has been involved in a number of consulting assignments on titanium. He is also the founder of C-Cept Limited, a company that specialises in economic modelling and forecasting software for the mining and extraction industries. He is closely involved in Roskill’s consultancy assignments related to market outlooks, cost modelling, and price assessments.


David Mc Coy

Overview of Raw Materials Markets for the Titanium Value Chain
In this paper, TZMI reviews the recent trends in the titanium feedstock and vanadium supply chains. The authors explore the current operating environment for these two critical raw materials to the titanium metal supply chain as well as give perspectives on scenarios for the future supply.

The markets for titanium minerals are at their lowest point in the last 30 years. However, weakening local currencies are helping existing rutile feedstock producers in Australia and South Africa to maintain minimum economics required to continue operations – but only just. Investment in exploration is very low and mining companies are delaying future project investment decisions. The authors explore what this could mean for the future supply.

Vanadium projects around the world are also struggling with marginal economics. Demand could easily outstrip supply with Chinese Grade 3 rebar codes to be enforced. Still, ownership issues are still unresolved with plants in South Africa and Australia, while the world’s newest producer ramps up production in this tough economic climate.

David McCoy is an experienced consultant to the global TiO2 & titanium sponge sectors. Mr McCoy regularly advises industry participants from miners through to global consumers on supply/demand, pricing, competitive landscape and strategic issues. Mr McCoy has executed numerous due diligence programs on titanium feedstock, TiO2 pigment and sponge producers around the globe. He provides regular industry updates to the global financial community.
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Richard Aboulafia

Richard is Vice President of Analysis at Teal Group. He manages consulting projects in the commercial and military aircraft field and analyzes broader defense and aerospace trends. He has advised numerous aerospace companies, including most prime and many second- and third-tier contractors in the US, Europe and Asia. He also advises numerous financial institutions on aerospace market conditions. Richard writes and edits Teal Group's World Military and Civil Aircraft Briefing, a forecasting tool covering over 135 aircraft programs and markets. He also writes publicly about aviation and defense, with regular columns in Aviation Week and Space Technology, AIAA's Aerospace America, and at His articles have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Professional Pilot, and other publications. Frequently cited as an aviation industry authority by trade and news publications, Richard has also appeared on numerous television news and radio programs including ABC, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR and PBS. He has spoken at numerous conferences, including ATRIF, NAFA, NARA, Network for Aerospace Management in Europe (NAME), and Speednews. He presents a yearly lecture to the National Defense University/Industrial College of the Armed Forces and has served as an expert witness in aerospace markets. Before he joined Teal Group in 1990, Richard analyzed the jet engine market at Jane's Information Group, served as an aerospace industry consultant for an international trade advisory company and supported research projects at the Brookings Institution. He has a Masters degree in War Studies from King’s College, University of London and a Bachelors degree from George Washington University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Casey, son, Simon, and daughter, Wren.


Christopher Olin

Global Titanium Market Economic Drivers

The near-term outlook has improved considerably for the titanium industry.  Based on the calculated results from our recent survey of companies levered to specialty materials production and distribution, The Olin Research Group believes 2H16 may represent a period of accelerated demand growth.  In fact, the underlying sentiment for a number of executives has moved up to the healthiest levels we have recorded in over five years: communications with their customers in the channel has picked up: quoting activity has finally transitioned into firm orders; there is real confidence in future aerospace demand; and producer backlogs have started to expand. 

The Olin Research Group is a high-level research & publication company which offers unique market insights into various industries or sub-segments, leveraging a vast network of contacts and 15+ years of analytic experience. We are focused on providing research, analysis, and consulting work with a primary focus on the following channels: (1) carbon steel; (2) stainless steel; (3) titanium & nickel-based alloys; (4) aluminum; and (5) aerospace supply chain. Who are the readers of our quarterly reports? Companies within the metals & aerospace markets looking for a different point of view on trends & inflections. We can decipher the data & highlight the discussions occurring within the various channels. Buyers of these metals can find these reports useful as well. Chris founded The Olin Research Group in 2015 hoping to capitalize on his nearly 20 years of experience in the metals & mining, construction materials, and the global aerospace sectors. He is the lead analyst for the metal & aerospace groups - offering updates from his on-going channel discussions (industry contacts) and supporting industry analysis (including updated thoughts and industry/company models). Prior to starting O.R.G., Chris spent 10 years as a sell-side senior research analyst for Cleveland Research Company. His past coverage lists have included: AK Steel (AKS); U.S. Steel (X); Nucor (NUE); Reliance Steel (RS); Worthington Industries (WOR); Allegheny Technologies (ATI); Carpenter Technology (CRS); Alcoa (AA); Precision Castparts (PCP); Vulcan Materials (VMC); and Martin Marietta Materials (MLM).


Timothy Marvel

Oil: An Innovative Industry Ripe for More Change

Mr. Marvel's presentation will provide a brief primer on the oil industry discussing cycles and trends; a discussion of what is occurring in the industry (including horizontal drilling, fracking, efficiency, geopolitical factors); the mentality of the industry with regard to innovation; and specific discussion on the "incumbent" materials will also be included.
Tim Marvel has been in the oil industry for more than 20 years, serving in all functional aspects of the oilfield service business. He started his career at Baker Hughes where he worked in a variety of roles including Global Product Manager, Director of Product Development and Engineering, Director of Technology, and Director of Business Development and Marketing. In addition, he lived overseas while managing sales and operations in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. He later moved to Alcoa Oil & Gas where he led the business as the Managing Director. He is currently the Vice President, Wellsite Automation for Dover Energy Automation. During his tenor in these roles, his teams have developed and commercialized a number of new products into the oilfield.

Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas. He holds 15 patents and has co-authored a technical paper and a trade journal article.


Brian Shul

Brian Shul's compelling story of living fearlessly and embracing the opportunities each day brings, resonates with men and woman of all ages. As an Air Force fighter pilot, Brian was shot down in the Vietnam War and severely burned in the ensuing crash. Initially given up for dead, he was finally rescued and spent one year in hospitals, endured 15 surgeries and was told his flying days were over. Amazingly, Brian returned to active duty flying, and became one of only 93 men in history to fly the SR-71 spy plane, the fastest jet ever built.
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Kevin Michaels

Aerospace Titanium in the More For Less Era

Dr Michaels speech will address these critical issues for aerospace suppliers and supply chain executives:
  • What are the major trends shaping jetliner demand? What is the potential for a production downturn and which new aircraft models are likely over the next decade?
  • What is the More for Less Era? Why is civil aerospace shifting gears from technology innovation to cost control? What are the implications for aerospace suppliers?
  • What are key events in the aerospace titanium and raw material supply chains since last year’s event?
  • What do they imply about the future?

Dr. Kevin Michaels has more than 25 years of aviation experience, including hundreds of consulting engagements for leading aviation and aerospace companies worldwide. Dr. Michaels is a globally recognized expert in the aerospace manufacturing and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) sectors and has significant expertise in business-to-business marketing, customer satisfaction, and strategic planning. His experience spans all major market segments, including air transport, business and general aviation, and military. He was a founder of AeroStrategy, director of Strategic Development with Rockwell Collins Government Systems, and principal with The Canaan Group. He began his career as a project engineer with Williams International, a gas turbine original equipment manufacturer.

Dr. Michaels has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan; he also has an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.


Cris Curtis

Risks of Introducing and Sustaining New Materials and Processes

Safety is paramount for the aerospace and aviation industry.  When a project of introducing a new material and process is undertaken a risk management plan will ensure the stakeholders and customers are a priority. The various project phases of research, develop, qualify, certify and implement are critical. The utilization of the nine (9) project management knowledge areas which includes risk management planning and the five (5) project management process groups can sustain future collaborative endeavors. Cris will provide an overview of the last 100 years of aerospace materials and processes and share some lessons learned.

For over three decades, Cris researched, developed, qualified, certified and implemented many materials and processes that are of metallic, non-metallic, and composite nature. His previous position was a Subsystem Area Engineering Manager for the Space Shuttle Program’s Orbiter Project where he was responsible for Materials, Processes, Thermal Control, Purge, Vent and Drain. Cris received the United Space Alliance (Lockheed Martin/Boeing) 2006 Technical Achievement Team of the Year award for leading the development and implementation of an in-place weld repair process for the Orbiter’s main propulsion system’s metallic propellant flow liner that supported launch schedules after return to flight. In addition, he was the corrosion control and aging Orbiter materials Program Manager. Cris earned NASA’s 2000 environmental and energy program award. In 2006, Cris led the resolution for STS-116 high delta pressure on ascent and championed a 2007 NASA high definition movie #06 documenting lessons learned and the importance of process control with NASA’s suppliers. Cris completed leadership training programs with Gulfstream, Boeing and USA. In 1986, as a Production Operation Assistant Foreman Cris contributed to the recognition of Roland Diaz who was a deaf mute employee as Martin Marietta’s employee of the year. Cris loves nature and identified the woodpecker damage to the Space Shuttle’s External Tank while setting on the launch pad prior to a long labor day weekend.


Joe Phillips

Titanium in the General Aviation Industry

Joe Phillips is Director of Structural Integrity at Textron Aviation, the world’s leading manufacturer of general aviation aircraft.

His responsibilities include the areas of Stress, Fatigue & Damage Tolerance, Materials & Processes, Mass Properties, Structural Dynamics, Acoustics, and Production Support. His team is involved from conceptual design thru certification and on into service for all models designed and supported by Textron Aviation.

He began his career at Textron Aviation (then Cessna Aircraft) in1992 as an Engineer in the area of Airframe Design on the Citation X. Throughout his tenure Joe has held progressively more responsibility in the areas of Structures and the Project teams for various Citation design programs. Prior to becoming the Director of Structural Integrity, he served as Project Engineer on the Sovereign+ and Latitude development and certification programs.

Joe holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a MBA from Wichita State University.
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Bruce Thomas

Bruce Thomas is a Technical specialist who has acquired over 25 years’ experience in the aerospace field. With Bombardier Aerospace, he holds the position of Senior Engineering Specialist in material and processes. He is a member of several industry committees related to aerospace materials. He has published several articles in technical journals.

Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from McGill University, and a Masters of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia.

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Clyde Forney

Tubing innovator Clyde Forney receives ITA’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

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 International Titanium Association’s (ITA) prestigious 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Forney will formally receive the award at TITANIUM USA 2016, the 32nd annual international conference and exhibition sponsored and organized by the ITA, which will be held Sept. 25-28 at the J. W. Marriott Desert Ridge Golf Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. 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, PA. “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.; 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.”
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