oa CSIR Science Scope - Titanium metal production and additive manufacturing - contributing to a vibrant new industry : industry
South Africa is the second largest producer of titanium-bearing mineral concentrate in the world and exports the bulk of the mineral in the form of titanium-bearing slag. Although the potential to further beneficiate the mineral to either titanium dioxide pigment or titanium metal existed for a long time, very little was done because of technical and market constraints. However, in 2007 the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and representatives from industry and different research councils developed a strategic plan covering the full industry chain from titanium metal production to value added manufacturing technologies, including additive manufacturing technology. As part of this plan, the CSIR plays a key role in contributing to the creation of a local titanium and additive manufacturing industry.
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