Velta LLC, based in Dnipro, Ukraine, and its US-based parent company have contracted the global engineering consultancy, Hatch, to design a new titanium manufacturing facility in the United States. This new facility aims to produce titanium powders using its proprietary closed-cycle manufacturing process that bypasses the classic sponge stage.
“This new partnership brings Velta one step closer to bringing our revolutionary titanium powder technology to the US market, which is dangerously over-reliant on foreign supply chains,” shared Andriy Brodsky, CEO, Velta. “Hatch’s expertise in optimising metallurgical facility design and operation will help Velta meet the enormous, unmet US demand for quality titanium. We’re ready to get to work.”
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The conventional production of titanium metal and its alloys, such as titanium aluminide, is both energy-and time-intensive. The new Velta Ti Process, which creates titanium alloy powders from ilmenite concentrate, reportedly results in a superior product with a carbon footprint between five and ten times smaller than those made through the traditional Kroll process.
Velta is currently engaged in an intensive site selection process to establish one of the few US facilities producing titanium. The new facility is designed to have a capacity of producing upwards of 1,000 tonnes of Ti powder per annum, with the potential to scale.