The University’s titanium research team and many members will use the symposium to present their research findings, along with titanium researchers and industry representatives from around the country. The conference will consist of oral and poster presentations by members of the New Zealand titanium research team, and a general discussion on a few key issues in relation to commercialisation.

Organiser Professor Deliang Zhang says the conference aims to unite titanium industry insiders to discuss key issues facing the industry. “The purpose of the symposium is to showcase research results undertaken by titanium researchers in collaboration with industry partners, and discuss the opportunities and challenges the industry faces.

In 2010 the NZ government invested nearly NZ$8 million in the titanium industry, and opened a flagship facility for the Titanium Industry Development Association (TiDA) in Tauranga, aimed at testing new alloy materials and developing a national R&D strategy for titanium.