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International | March 2011

Defence Min opens India's first Titanium Sponge plant in Kerala

 Defence Minister AK Antony inaugurated the first Titanium Sponge plant, with a capacity of 500 tonnes, at Chavara near Kollam in Kerala. With this India joins the elite club of advanced countries producing Titanium sponge. The plant, at the Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited (KMML) campus will produce premium quality titanium metal in the form of sponge. Titanium and its alloys are used in strategic fields like aerospace, armour plating, naval shipbuilding, missiles, and nuclear power plants. They possess high corrosion, and fatigue resistance, high strength-to-weight ratio, and the ability to withstand moderately high temperatures. The technology in this crucial area was developed by the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) Hyderabad, and the project is being financed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, the main consumer of titanium sponge.

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