Ford selects IperionX to supply titanium automotive components

June 15, 2023

Ford Performance produces cars such as this Mustang GT3 competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours race (Courtesy Ford Performance)
Ford Performance produces cars such as this Mustang GT3 competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours race (Courtesy Ford Performance)

IperionX Limited, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, has announced it has agreed a Scope of Work to supply additively manufactured titanium components to Ford Motor Company using its 100% recycled, low-carbon titanium powder. The two companies have been actively collaborating to design, test and additively manufacture a series of high-quality titanium components for future Ford Performance production vehicles.

Ford Performance is the high-performance and racing division of the Ford Motor Company, known for a range of performance cars such as the F150 Raptor, Bronco Raptor, Mustang Mach 1 and the Shelby GT500. Ford reportedly aims to be the only manufacturer competing in Formula 1; Le Mans 24 Hours with the Mustang GT3; WRC with the MSport Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1; Baja 1000 with Ranger Raptor and Bronco; and NASCAR and Supercars with the Mustang.

The Scope of Work follows a detailed programme of quality and strength testing of IperionX’s low-carbon titanium metal for future Ford Performance production vehicles. Ford’s Sustainability and Advanced Materials divisions reportedly undertook a range of testing procedures, verifying that IperionX’s titanium surpassed the required parameters set under ASTM International standards.

The titanium components are set to undergo a comprehensive ‘finishing study’ to assess a range of potential surface finish of parts. The insights gained from this Scope of Work will reportedly guide the final design, and unit costs, for a range of low-carbon titanium components for Ford Performance production vehicles.

Automotive parts made with titanium are notable for their strength-to-weight ratios, high levels of corrosion resistance, outstanding durability and – reportedly unique to IperionX’s technologies – can be sustainably recycled at the end of product life.

Anastasios (Taso) Arima, CEO, IperionX stated, “Ford has a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. We are proud to partner with Ford to accelerate the deployment of a sustainable, circular titanium supply chain for the global automotive market.”

“IperionX is re-shoring a lower cost and more sustainable US titanium supply chain – shifting from a linear supply chain to a lower carbon, circular titanium supply chain – recycling titanium scrap to manufacture low carbon, high performance titanium components. We are pleased that Ford has partnered with us to improve automotive supply chains and scale our low-carbon, circular, titanium business,” Arima concluded.

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