IperionX to manufacture titanium metal components for Ford

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IperionX Limited, a provider of sustainable titanium technologies, has agreed to a Scope of Work (SoW) with Ford Motor Company for the supply of titanium metal components using Iperionx’s 100 per cent recycled, low-carbon titanium metal.

In a press release, the ASX-listed company stated it has been actively collaborating to design, test and additively manufacture a series of high-quality titanium components for future Ford Performance production vehicles. 

Ford Performance is Ford Motor Company’s high-performance and racing business, best known for a wide range of performance vehicles such as the F150 Raptor, Bronco Raptor, Mustang Mach 1 and Shelby GT500. 

Ford said it intends to be the only manufacturer competing in Formula 1, Le Mans 24 Hours with the Mustang GT3, WRC with the MSport Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1, Baja 1000 with the Ranger Raptor and Bronco, and NASCAR and Supercars with the Mustang.

This Ford SoW is based on a rigorous quality and strength testing programme for IperionX’s low-carbon, circular titanium alloy. 

IperionX said Ford’s Sustainability and Advanced Materials divisions conducted a variety of tests to confirm that IperionX’s titanium exceeded the required requirements defined by ASTM International standards.

In particular, the titanium components will be subjected to a thorough “finishing study” to evaluate a variety of potential surface finishes of parts.

This SoW’s findings will then guide the final design and unit prices for a variety of low-carbon titanium components for Ford Performance production vehicles.

Anastasios Arima, IperionX CEO, lauded Ford’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. 

“We are proud to partner with Ford to accelerate the deployment of a sustainable, circular titanium supply chain for the global automotive market,” he said. 

Arima added, “Our low-carbon titanium metal is uniquely made with 100% recycled titanium and can significantly improve automotive supply chains by using high-strength titanium components with nearly half the weight of steel.”

Recently, Ford became a member of the First Movers Coalition, a global organisation aimed at leveraging purchasing power and supply chains for emerging clean industrial materials technology. 

The First Movers Coalition uses the combined buying power of the more than 50 foundation firms, including Volvo, Airbus, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, to convey a clear demand signal required to scale up vital developing technologies crucial for the net-zero transition.