By Kari Williamson

Through the capital investments, Kobe Steel will be able to increase and improve its production capacities for ring products for aircraft and large forgings made of titanium alloys, as well as welded tube made of commercially pure titanium.

Titanium demand is anticipated to expand over the medium- to long-term future owing to strong worldwide demand for civilian aircraft and infrastructure demand in emerging countries, such as for power generation and desalination plants.

Japan's total shipments of titanium mill products reached 19,358 metric tonnes in 2011, of which 13,245 tonnes were exported.