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 ITA Committee Strives to Draw Attention to Titanium Consumer Applications

ITA will administer the Consumer Applications committee, a group which will focus on promoting the growth of the overall titanium industry and to promote the selection of titanium as a competitive material by communicating information about consumer applications and uses to the public in support of ITA annual goals and objectives.

The committee will meet regularly and will be responsible for:
•    Recommending trade shows where ITA could exhibit to promote titanium metal as a material of choice;
•    Meeting regularly to discuss ideas for presentation topics and recommended speakers for the annual TITANIUM conferences in Europe and the US;
•    Make suggestions for Titanium Today editorial topics;
•    Share ideas for outreach programs and projects related to the committee’s mission and objectives.

Some of the ideas shared in recent meetings follow:

Highlighting and Preserving Titanium Art
The Consumer edition of the Titanium Today trade publication will include Artist Profiles by drawing attention to those unrecognized heroes who design beautiful works of art in reactive metals.  The committee would like to gain support from the industry in hosting an art exhibition at the annual TITANIUM conferences.  A gallery could be organized in the exhibition hall or as a separate reception for attendees to attend as part of the conference.  Artists who design in zirconium, niobium, tantalum, and titanium, what is known as “reactive metals” would be invited.

Another topic of committee discussion has surrounded the idea of an organized Endowment for Titanium Art.  So many pieces of titanium art have been lost or destroyed over the years, there are titanium designs that need to have a place for historical preservation and future viewing.  Once the collection achieves a decent size, it could travel to museums around the world.  This would be a great opportunity for the International Titanium Association to support consumer applications and gain industry participation.

The committee is proposing outreach advocacy in 2016, debunking myths that give consumers unwarranted fear when considering the purchase of titanium rings.  Emergency Medical Technicians, Fire Departments, and Hospital Emergency Rooms CAN remove titanium rings in case of an injured finger.  Several non-destructive methods for ring removal are available before resorting to cutting a ring and in the rare event it becomes necessary to cut off a ring, emergency medical professionals have the necessary tools to cut through metals, including CP and Aerospace Grade Titanium.  Tools that will cut through stainless steel will also cut through titanium rings.  Consumers should consider the many advantages of wearing titanium rings which include strength and durability, style and comfort, biocompatibility, potential health benefits, popularity, availability & affordability.

The ITA Education committee is considering hosting teaching stations at the annual US conference on behalf of local high school science classes.  Some of the ideas to support this endeavor from the Consumer committee include hosting an anodizing table where donated chips could be anodized and earring wires hooked to the piece so the students could wear their creations home.  The committee is evaluating if the ITA may apply for an educational grant to help with costs in hosting the education stations at the conference.

The blacksmithing community is a highly organized group where the Consumer committee may be successful in launching educational workshops on their behalf.  The committee would need out of spec ½ inch titanium bar donations from the industry along with volunteers with expertise in welding and hot forging to be successful.

The Consumer committee is always interested in your thoughts & suggestions – please contact ITA to learn more about the progress of Consumer committee activities or to donate materials & time.

2016 Consumer Committee Members:


William Seeley
2016 Consumer Committee Chair
Retired – Reactive Metals Studio

Paul Godown
Vice President
United Alloys & Metals, Inc./Cronimet
Joe Newland Jr.
Tricor Industrial, Inc.

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