IperionX nears commercial-scale titanium metal production

IperionX Limited is advancing its commercial-scale titanium metal manufacturing capabilities at the company’s Titanium Manufacturing Campus in Virginia, with construction of the Titanium Production Facility and the Advanced Manufacturing Center on schedule.

IperionX’s HAMR Furnace, the heart of the Titanium Production Facility
IperionX’s HAMR Furnace, the heart of the Titanium Production Facility - Photo: Business Wire.

The HAMR (Hydrogen Assisted Metallothermic Reduction) titanium furnace has completed final mechanical assembly and successfully passed factory acceptance testing overseen by the IperionX technical team. The furnace is currently being transported from the European manufacturer to the Titanium Manufacturing Campus in Virginia. Installation and commissioning of the HAMR titanium furnace is expected during the second quarter, before producing first titanium metal in mid-2024.

A critical IperionX production asset, this large-scale, industrial titanium furnace leverages patented company technologies, such as HAMR and HSPT (Hydrogen Sintering and Phase Transformation), to produce sustainable, high-quality and high-strength titanium metal products at commercial scale. 

The advanced manufacturing center, which is expected to be commissioned during the second quarter of 2024, will use angular and spherical titanium powders from the titanium production facility to manufacture a wide range of low-cost and high-performance titanium products using powder metallurgy, HSPT forging and additive manufacturing/3D printing. It will also leverage CNC machining, post-processing equipment and advanced R&D laboratories to support customer and government engagement.

“IperionX is nearing an important milestone designed to revitalize the US titanium supply chain with a unique end-to-end solution that spans from recycled scrap titanium to high-performance forged titanium products,” said Anastasios Arima, IperionX CEO. “We have a strong pipeline of potential US government funding and incentive programs designed to re-shore and secure critical mineral and metal supply chains. The commissioning of our Virginia Titanium Manufacturing Campus will be a pivotal step forward, positioning IperionX with an innovative end-to-end titanium supply chain capable of manufacturing high-performance and low-cost titanium products for advanced American industries.”

Construction activities at the Titanium Production Facility - Photo: Business Wire.