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warren@fourward.com
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warren@fourward.com   12/18/2012 9:36:30 AM
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One problem I have with this whole thing is that Russia controls titanium. We could gear up for a new titanium world and Russia could cut us off. Look at the threats to the E.U. over natural gas? I would hate to be beholdin' to a belligerent government for my supplies. Remember tantalum just a few years ago?

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Ann R. Thryft   12/28/2012 12:25:47 PM
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Russia isn't the only country supplying titanium: it also comes from South Africa, currently the second largest supplier, and elsewhere:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=251754



warren@fourward.com
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warren@fourward.com   12/28/2012 3:44:03 PM
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South Africa?  You make my point.  Be careful of your suppliers.

 

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Ann R. Thryft   1/3/2013 11:49:03 AM
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Warren, I'm not getting your drift. Can you tell us what you mean about South Africa as a (presumably undesirable) source of titanium?

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