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Toho Titanium lifts output as aircraft makers shun Russian sources

Japan firm to raise Saudi plant's utilization amid supply chain diversification

The world's leading aircraft makers have moved to diversify their sources of titanium.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Toho Titanium plans to ramp up production capacity for a titanium product by more than 10%, as the aerospace industry seeks alternative suppliers to replace imports from Russia, Nikkei has learned.

A joint venture in Saudi Arabia will start running at full capacity by year-end in its production of titanium sponge, an intermediate product used to make titanium alloys. A lightweight yet strong metal, titanium has wide-ranging applications from airplanes to chemical plants.

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